Central Bangkok condo launches leap in Q3
Bangkok’s central business district (CBD) condo market recorded a rise in third-quarter launches with 2,440 units, compared with 1,600 in the second quarter.
Despite warnings of rising household debt in the overall economy, developers continued to show modest confidence in homebuyer appetite by launching new projects before the year-end festivities, which take place over what is usually a quieter period for housing activity, according to property consultant DTZ.
The central zone _ Chidlom, Phloenchit, Ratchadamri, Rama I, Sam Yan and Ratchathewi _ was especially active with four project launches, accounting for 71% (1,700 units) of total launches in the third quarter. Continue reading Central Bangkok condo launches leap in Q3
BTS Group boosting dividend to B6bn and beyond
Back at home, Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc, the BTS subsidiary and skytrain operator, has received five Chinese-made four-car trains to be used on the 5.3-kilometre extension of the Silom Line from Wong Wian Yai to Bang Wa.
Made by Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, the 20 carriages worth 1.2 billion baht have arrived at Laem Chabang port and should begin trial runs on Dec 5, said chief operating officer Surapong Laoha-Unya.
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Condo prices leap 48% since 2009
Housing supply nears surplus in some areas
Prices of condo units in Greater Bangkok have skyrocketed by 48% on average over the past four years, while those of townhouses and single houses rose by 36% and 25% respectively, according to a survey by SET-listed developer Sena Development Plc.
Six locations where the company found continuing increases in condo prices were Kae Rai-Laksi-Ram Intra, Bang Sue-Nonthaburi, Ratchada (Lat Phrao-Makkasan), On Nut-Bearing, Bang Na-Suvarnabhumi and Taksin-Bang Wa. Continue reading Condo prices leap 48% since 2009
Pho Nimit opens today on 12th January and Talad Phlu will be opened on 14th Feb, 2013
It is great new for all the residents of Ratchada, Rajaphuk and Kallapraphuk area. Today on children’s day, January 12th 2013, BTS has open it’s new station Pho Nimit on the extension of silom line. This station is next to Wong Wian Yai, which used to be the last station of silom line on other side of the river.
Due to delay in the construction the next station Talad Phlu will open it’s door on Valentine’s Day on 14th February, 2013. Originally both of these stations supposed to start in end of the last year.
However there are two more stations are under construction and are excepted to open in mid or end of 2013. The next two station are Ratchaphurk and Bangwa. The last station of silom line is Bangwa and it is very near from back side or metro park sathorn. Currently all the residents of metropark who want to use the BTS has to travel to Krungthonburi and which takes 10 minutes to 45 minutes but when Bangwa will be opened, the traveling time will be 5 minutes to 15 minutes maximum. It will be also good to take a motorbike taxi for metro park sathorn.
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The new Pho Nimit and Talad Plu BTS skytrain stations will open for public use in mid-January 2013 instead of Dec 5 as earlier planned, deputy Bangkok governor Teerachon Manopaiboon on Tuesday.
Pho Nimit and Talad Plu stations are new additions to the Silom line, section Sapan Taksin-Petchkasem.
Mr Teerachon said Independent Engineers (ICE) inspected the stations and facilities and said they are not ready for full operation.
However, the schedule for two more stations, Wutthakat and Bangwa stations, continuing from Talad Plu station will still open on Aug 12 next year, said Mr Teerachon.
He said for the last two stations, Bangkok Mass Transit (BTS) will have to coordinate with Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) because their expansion projects will be in the same area.
Optimism beginning to return after last year’s calamity but new flood fears have buyers and sellers on edge.
Bangkok’s second-hand housing market has improved considerably after struggling in the wake of last year’s heavy floods. There is still lingering uncertainty about how the capital will deal with the 2012 flood season, but if no major calamities occur, the resale residential market should be fully back to normal next year.
Thais are more willing to buy old houses first and demand is growing after last year’s floods. But the market still remains edgy until buyers see how floods this year are handled. Continue reading Second-hand market steady
Conventional property funds expected to thrive despite competition from REITs, which are not as tax-friendly.
Property developers are moving to raise more capital via property funds before real estate investment trusts (REITs), a new fund type with more flexibility, become available in the Thai market next year.
REITs have two main features that make them more attractive than property funds to many investors. First, non-financial institutions can set up and manage the trusts, while only asset management companies can run property funds. As well, REITs can create debt. Continue reading More choices for investors