China ups its game in Myanmar’s SEZ race

CHINESE investors have expressed an interest in investing and developing the area across Yangon River and to construct an international airport, a port and housing projects, according to a local Chinese business association. The proposed locality and projects overlap with the prospective South Korea-led special economic zone. Members of the Yangon-headquartered Myanmar Chinese Chamber of […]

Citizens working overseas expected to boost demand for condo market

Real estate portal Shwe Property will be hold their first real estate expo in Singapore this month on August 26 and 27, targeting Myanmar citizens working in the city state. “It’s the first Shwe Property Expo catered to the Myanmar people working in Singapore. “Currently we have already over 1,350 registered visitors who are all […]

Building a better Condominium Law

Lack of clarity on foreign ownership, land use and building management committees in the Condominium Law are holding back growth in the property market.   By DUNCAN BURRY When the Condominium Law was enacted in early 2016, many hoped it would provide a framework that could spur development in the sector, not least by permitting […]

Real estate market remains cool, expert says

Interview on 9 June with U Khin Maung Than, chair of the Myanmar Real Estate Services Association by May Thet Hnin, a reporter for the Global New Light of Myanmar. Q: What is the current conditionof real estate market? A: First of all, let me give you a brief history of the real estate market […]

By-Laws Necessary for Condo Market to Pick up Steam

​​ To improve the lacklustre selling market for condominiums, officials need to enact condominium by-laws soon, said developers such as U Kyaw Kyaw Naing, managing director of iGreen Construction Company Limited. Although the Condominium Law was enacted during the last week of January 2016, by-laws have not come into effect until recently. The condo-selling market […]

Mortgage Financing, Tourism Infrastructure Key to Real Estate Sector – Myanmar Property Awards Judge

​​ The third annual Myanmar Property Awards finished accepting nominees this week, with the shortlist due to be unveiled in May next year. Last year’s ceremony, organised by PropertyGuru, recognised local property conglomerate Shwe Taung Development with the best developer awards, while business magnate Serge Pun picked up the Real Estate Personality of the Year […]

Condominium by-Laws Delayed With Govt Targeting Completion by Year’s End

A shortage of technical expertise has delayed the issuance of by-laws that would allow sales under the Condominium Law passed last January, industry sources say. Expectations that the law, which was finally passed after considerable debate and delay, would usher in a spate of foreign purchases of Myanmar real estate have so far proved unfounded. U […]

Condominium Rules to be Finalised in December

THE Ministry of Construction has put concerted efforts to finalise the condominium rules, which will include exact provisions and procedures before the end of December, according to a spokesperson of the ministry’s Department of Urban and Housing Development. The ministry and relevant organisations have been developing the Condominium Law since 2013. It aims to establish […]

Most expats cannot afford to buy condos

According to Ko Ko Htwe, the chairman of Taw Win Construction, most foreigners living in Myanmar cannot afford condominiums, despite the recent law enabling expats to purchase condo properties. Instead, most expatriates choose to stay in normal apartments and, according to Ko Ko Htwe, the market for condo sales is still cold. The Condominium Law, […]

Developers call on banks as Condo Law fails to boost market

The long-awaited Condominium Law passed in the closing days of the last parliament has failed to stimulate the housing market as expected, say industry insiders. They are calling for a system of mortgage lending to be introduced to help would-be buyers. At present, the longest-term loan available is only three or four years, banking sources […]