Rising demand for home loans could stabilise property market

Housing loans and repayments of those loans in monthly instalments have begun to flourish in Myanmar’s real estate market since the beginning of this year, as more construction companies and real estate developers collaborate with banks to make home ownership more accessible. These days, banks are offering home loans at a specified interest rate and […]

Buyers have the upper hand in beleaguered condo market

The Myanmar condominium market has developed considerably on the back of changing demand trends in recent years. These days, buyers are looking beyond location and price. They’re now taking size, nearby amenities and resale value into account when purchasing a new condo. The evolving trends could jumpstart growth in the ailing condo market and mark […]

Construction sector to submit draft Apartment Law to parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar. The MLCA’s Apartment Law seeks to regulate apartment buildings developed on land areas of less than 20,000 sq ft. […]

Property developers come under pressure as dollar rises

Property contractors are under pressure from rising costs of building materials as a result of the higher dollar-to-kyat exchange rate. Building machinery and materials such as steel bars, which are imported from overseas, have become dearer to local developers and contractors on the back of the appreciating dollar, which yesterday hit a new high of […]

Policy changes could trigger a new era for Myanmar real estate

Myanmar’s Yangon Regional Government readies a raft of real estate policy changes, including the setting of a benchmark price for properties, set to take effect in the 2018-19 fiscal year. Leading market observers and other industry stakeholders have expressed mixed reactions to the new measure. “With the exception of the affordable housing segment, real estate […]

New retail directive well-received, but raises unanswered questions

Myanmar has taken pains to liberalise its economy and draw foreign investors to become more competitive. Over the past two years, it has rolled out major new legislation including the Condominium Law, Investment Law and Companies Law. This year, it released two new directives opening up the education and retail sectors to full foreign ownership, […]

Property market to remain cool for now

Property market will continue to remain cool in the short run though it may become active beyond 2018, said Nay Min Thu, managing director of iMyanmarHouse.com, a local property website. “Dwindling property market may revive if there is a massive inflow of foreign investments into the market later in the year,” he added. There will […]

Car park regulations are stunting the Yangon condo market: Colliers

While the passing of the Condominium Law and its related rules is positive for the condo market in Yangon, the city’s car park regulations are the biggest barriers to growth in the market, said Mr Tony Picon, founder and director of Colliers International Myanmar, during a recent seminar on the Condominium Law and Rules hosted […]

Demand for Condo Market Still Weak, but Apartment Sales Rise Fast

Sales and rental demand for condominium properties in Yangon remain weak even though the Condominium Rules have been released for almost two months now. The list of rules, which were released in December, two years after the new Condominium Law was approved, include allowing foreigners to own up to 40 percent of the total floor area […]

Real Estate Sector to Pick up on Back of Foreign Demand

Demand in the Myanmar real estate market is expected to pick up in 2018 now that the rules to the new Condominium Law have been released. Under the new rules, property investments by foreigners are expected to spike, said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. The rules, which were released in […]