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Hottest real estate markets in the world

Last updated on: April 27, 2012 13:26 IST

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It is expected that the global real estate market will see some major improvements in the latter half of the year.

CNBC has worked out a list of world's 10 hottest property markets based on a study conducted by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank. This study ranks nations according to highest average growth in housing prices from the fourth quarter of 2006 to the same period in 2011.

To give a clear perspective, the national five-year averages reflect mainstream housing prices in most countries expect for China. Here, China only includes home prices in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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China

5-year price growth: 110.9 per cent

Ranking: 1

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Image: A view of the Guomao Bridge (bottom) in Beijing's Central Business District.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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Hong Kong

5-year price growth: 93.7 per cent

Ranking: 2

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Image: Hong Kong's financial district.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters
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Israel

5-year price growth: 54.5 per cent

Ranking: 3

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Photographs: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters
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Singapore

5-year price growth: 50.5 per cent

Ranking: 4

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Image: A general view shows the skyline of Singapore's Financial District.
Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters
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Colombia

5-year price growth: 39.4 per cent

Ranking: 5

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Photographs: Reuters
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Taiwan

5-year price growth: 30.1 per cent

Ranking: 6

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Image: A woman walks past the Taipei 101 building in Taipei.
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Canada

5-year price growth: 28.7 per cent

Ranking: 7

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Photographs: Shaun Best/Reuters
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Norway

5-year price growth: 28.7 per cent

Ranking: 7

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Photographs: Michael Buholzer/Reuters
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Malaysia

5-year price growth: 28.5 per cent

Ranking: 9

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Image: The sun sets near the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower (left).
Photographs: Zainal Abd Halim/Reuters
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Switzerland

5-year price growth: 27.5 per cent

Ranking: 10


Image: An aerial view shows the swiss town of Kusnacht, near Zurich.
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

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