Property transactions slowed in 2014

The rate of property transactions likely dropped in 2014 following two years of heady growth, according to experts. While 2012 and 2013 saw an unprecedented boom in buying, concerns the market may be overheating and government moves to curb runaway prices together dampened purchases. Phoenix real estate agent Ko Htun Htun said he reckons purchase […]

Chinese stampede upsets markets

Billions of dollars from opaque sources in China may be flowing into Myanmar each year, causing excessive volatility in areas such as the local real estate market, according to experts. Flows have increased recently as Chinese political and business leaders respond to efforts to curb corruption, causing many to look abroad to store their ill-gotten […]

Illegitimate Chinese companies hog housing projects in Myanmar

The majority of housing and residential projects in Yangon, Mandalay and Muse have been dominated by illegitimate Chinese companies. A local businessperson at the Myanmar Global Investment Forum said: “New Star Light Company, which is currently operating a 300-acre luxury complex in Muse, and the company implementing Mingalar Mandalay housing project in Mandalay are of […]

Dala in limbo after speculation rush

The ongoing speculation rush in the Yangon new city area to the west of the existing city is not the city’s first, and likely not its last. Nearby Dala township, across the Yangon River from downtown, experienced a similar speculation boom a year ago. While the latest Yangon new city rush occurred following a surprise […]

State of Service Office Business in Yangon 2014

by Kevin Heng Introduction Myanmar, formerly known as Burma: the final frontier of foreign investment. A hitherto untapped market of 60 million in between the 2 most populated countries in the world. Such clichéd terms are often thrown around in any article one comes across when one is researching on how to invest in Myanmar. […]

Is the property bubble set to burst?

Economists are becoming increasing alarmed by rising speculation in real estate, saying it will disrupt or undermine the economic progress Myanmar is making. “Land prices are likely to rise in this time of economic transition. It will stop itself when the time comes. Like a balloon, it swells gradually and when it beyond the limit […]

Draft town plan to stabilise runaway prices: minister

Land speculators could get their fingers burnt if town planning rules prevent the construction of certain types of building on their property, a government minister has warned. U Soe Maung, Union Minister for the State President’s Office, says that city zoning could help stabilise land prices. Yangon land prices have soared since the introduction of […]

Property prices skyrocket due to speculation and laundering

The most widely heard analysis is that Myanmar’s real estate and property market has been gradually rising based on two genuine factors. One is the growing demand for housing due to ever increasing population in urban areas and the other is the government’s urban expansion and development of low-cost housing projects. This generally ignores another […]

Speculation-driven land prices stunting Myanmar hospitality sector

Though Yangon is moving rapidly towards the milestone of a million visitors a year, investment in Myanmar’s hospitality sector has fallen well short of forecast growth, mainly because of speculation-driven land prices. According to a report by consultancy C9 Hotelworks, foreign direct investment into hospitality assets remains sidelined in many cases with concerns over the […]

Skyrocketing real estate prices deter new foreign investment in Myanmar

Skyrocketing real estate prices could deter new foreign investment that enters Myanmar, officials and economic experts warned on Saturday. The construction project of the Yangon-Dala River crossing bridge will be suspended during the current government’s term as commercial real estate booms in urban Yangon, Dala township, President Office Minister U Soe Thein told a press […]