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越南樓價疫下破頂 投資者留意峴港機會

【明報專訊】各國封關超過一年後,不少國家開始通關,越南早前通關,計劃與病毒共存,市場預計2021年底越南GDP有機會達5000億美元。在世界經濟復蘇的背景下,越南經濟增長將獲助力。主要經濟體與越南簽署了各項自貿協定之時,作為開放度大的經濟體,2021年底及後續幾年越南肯定將在投資資金流、市場拓展機會及樓價等方面上獲得正面評價,該國兩大城巿胡志明巿和河內巿的住宅樓價在疫情下反破頂,投資者開始留意其他樓價較廉宜城巿如峴港的機會。

2021年上半年越南進出口總額達3167.3億美元,同比增長32.2%,其中出口額為1576.3億美元,同比增長28.4%,進口額為1591億美元,同比增長36.1%。世界銀行預測,2021年越南GDP增長率為6.6%,為東盟各國最高水平。越南力爭實現2021年全年GDP增長率為6%,2021年後幾個月為7%以上的目標。。

越南統計總局的最新評估結果顯示,2020年越南經濟規模約達3430億美元,人均GDP為3521美元。國際貨幣基金組織(IMF)認為,以購買力進行計算的話,2020年越南經濟規模達1.05萬億美元,人均GDP達1萬美元以上。

胡志明市第一郡樓價按年升6.8%

Golden Emperor執行董事及合伙人任亦行表示,在疫情中,越南股市及樓市表現秀麗,不少資金留在內循環,令胡志明市第一郡樓價按年升近6.8%。早前越南樓市受惠於中美貿易戰,再加上不少全球頂尖的企業將生產線由中國遷至越南以分散風險,帶動該國的經濟於疫情下仍然錄得不俗增長,而中產人口冉冉上升,刺激優質住宅需求,河內及胡志明市樓價逆市「破頂」。

任亦行稱:「越南今年樓市如香港一般未有受到疫情影響,反而逆市向好,最熱門的兩大城市河內及胡志明市,市中心的樓價相繼破頂,發展商的開價亦非常進取,以胡志明市為例,第1郡金融區及第2郡新核心商業區現時豪宅新盤呎價已高達1萬港元,但依然火速沽清。」

峴港計劃2030年成智慧城市

除了上述兩大城巿,也漸多人留意越南中部的第四大城巿峴港市,該巿在過去5年中一直保持較高的經濟增長速度,預計到2030年將繼續以5%的平均速度增長。峴港的遊客平均每年增長20%,對酒店、度假村和設施的需求持續增長。另外,峴港已經批准了2018至2025年智慧城市發展計劃,並預計到2030年該市將達到智慧城市的地位,可看好峴港對酒店、公寓等住房高度需求,據峴港市建設局副局長表示,該市的房地產業發展迅速,峴港有50多個房地產項目正在建設中,擁有5萬多套公寓,頂樓公寓和別墅,以及諸如公寓式酒店、住房辦公樓和商店等多種項目。

第一太平戴維斯越南發表報告指出,當前外國人對越南房地產的需求主要集中在大城市,例如河內與胡志明市等大都會。最近,當地很多樓花的銷情亦不錯,有樓盤在推出初期,外國人的配額已售罄。不僅如此,近來外籍買家也把目標轉向如峴港、芽莊、或廣寧等省市。

仲量聯行(JLL)發表報告指由於中產階級的興起,越南住宅需求呈現穩定成長態勢,預計越南住房市場將保持穩定增長。其中不少具實力的投資者對現樓較偏好,未來幾年,越南市場對中價公寓的需求仍然很高,因為其供應有限。

發展商:外資設廠 刺激住宅需求

峴港位處於越南最中心的沿海地段,乘飛機到河內或胡志明市兩大主要城市均只需約1時10分鐘,而前往香港約2小時航程,峴港的三大產業,包括旅遊業、製造業及船運業。發展商Filmore集團主席Danny Nguyen表示:「峴港的三大產業推動經濟之餘,亦帶動人均收入增加,令中產人口近年不斷上升。再加上不少外資於當地設廠,如LG及Fujikin等亦在峴港設立研發基地或生產線,外籍僱員大增,刺激峴港市中心優質住宅的需求。」

Golden Emperor首席執官賴遠方說:「峴港未來將會有不少大型基建,最矚目的是計劃中的峴港至海安鐵路,耗資金額達20億美元,現在處於工程招標階段,通車後將會鞏固峴港為中部交通樞紐的重要地位,吸引更多旅客及外資。」

Filmore現推出峴港新樓盤The Filmore Da Nang,由Golden Emperor、Asia Bankers Club及Ashton Hawks合作代理,定價由220萬港元起,單位面積由484方呎起。

環球樓市.明報記者 龍彩霞

[龍彩霞 海外置業錦囊]

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        Interview with Our Managing Director Mr. Kingston Lai (The Standard)

        Asia Bankers Club founder and chief executive Kingston Lai sees future potential in property markets in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, New York City, Manchester – but he has reservations about London and cities in Australia.

        In addition to the investment club targeting bankers and professionals, Lai also controls Ashton Hawks and Golden Emperor Properties, which aim at high net worth individuals and retail investors, respectively, for overseas real estate.

        Amid a number of uncertainties, Lai reckons real estate buyers need to think twice. “But the more uncertainty people see from the trade war, the more they are interested in properties in Vietnam, where more manufacturers are expected to move from China.” He says a recent project in HCMC received an overwhelming response.

        “Even if the Hong Kong property market were to fall, would flats now valued at HK$10 million plunge to HK$5 million? However, two-room apartments sized between 700 and 1,000 square feet in district 2 and 4 in HCMC cost around HK$2 million and they have the potential to rise further.”

        He compares these areas to Sheung Wan, close to the central business district. Apartments further away from the CBD cost around HK$1.2 million only.

        Property prices in HCMC have risen on average 15 percent a year over the past three years, compared with as much as 30 percent a year in Bangkok several years ago, says Lai. On average, there is 8 percent gross rental yield in HCMC, he says.

        District 1 is the traditional CBD and district 3 is where many embassies and historical buildings are located. Investors have been looking at districts 2 and 4. Last month, the HCMC administration decided that no high-rise apartment projects in districts 1 and 3 will be approved until 2020. Lai expects supply to be even tighter.

        He is also bullish on the property market in Hanoi, where Samsung, Apple and Microsoft have invested. The World Bank projected GDP growth in Vietnam to be 6.8 percent in 2018 and 6.5 percent in 2019.

        Although Koreans and Japanese are the top foreign investors in Vietnam, Lai says they are not keen on buying properties, unlike Hong Kong and mainland Chinese, who can rent the flats to them. “You can compare HCMC and Hanoi with Shanghai and Beijing, respectively, but we are yet to find a Shenzhen in Vietnam,” Lai says.

        Overseas people can buy property in Vietnam and sell or lease it to locals and foreigners. A 50-year leasehold ownership will be given to foreigners with renewal possibility.

        When buying a property in Vietnam, investors are subject to 0.5 percent stamp duty. For rental income, they are subject to about 10 percent income tax. If they want to sell the property, 2 percent personal income tax of the selling price will be charged.

        Foreigners need to have a bank account in Vietnam and need to sign the sales agreement in person. Mortgages are not available. He says the firm has helped a client to gain about 16 percent to buy and sell a property in Vietnam within a year.

        Lai, a Malaysian Chinese, says it takes time to assess the political situation back home. He adds that properties in Singapore are too expensive to buy.

        Investors in Thailand property should be cautious. Lai says that a studio in Bangkok near a metro station costs between HK$1 million and HK$2 million, while those costing only HK$500,000 may be in very remote areas that will be difficult to sell or rent out.

        As for developed markets, Lai sees potential in New York City.

        Sellers have been cutting prices there with less demand due to a tax reform that changes the mortgage interest and property tax deduction, making home ownership less attractive.

        While this also applies to foreigners, Lai says some Hong Kong buyers note that the US-HK dollar peg minimizes currency risk. They expect long-term capital gain in New York City center, where there is continuing redevelopment and population growth.

        Despite the interest among locals for London homes, Lai is cautious in the wake of Brexit and the high costs of investing there. He sees more potential in Manchester, which he believes could be a future London, Liverpool and Birmingham.

        In Australia, Lai says banks will only provide construction financing to developers if they have sold a substantial amount of an uncompleted project. He worries some developers may struggle.

        He also sees potential in Japanese real estate but the company does not have expertise there. “We only sell projects that we can manage. We sell about 1,000 units a year. We try our best to ensure customers’ properties are well-managed and can be rented out,” he says. “Selling projects by major developers is one of the ways in which we have peace of mind.”

        He and his team carry out due diligence and even buy properties themselves to experience the process. Six months were spent studying the property market in Vietnam before identifying projects.

        Ashton Hawks and Golden Emperor Properties serve clients with different needs.

        “If you tell me HK$1 million cash is all that you have, I won’t tell you to place it all into a property in Vietnam.

        “Instead, we have helped a retired customer to spend HK$500,000 to buy a condo in Thailand for his own use and the rest for his spending.

        “Customers like bankers may bet on some properties in Southeast Asia and at the same time invest in London, or New York City, for long-term stable growth.”

        Source: The Standard

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          越南胡志明市全新大型綜合式河畔府邸Grand Marina, Saigon率先在港公開發售

          越南近幾年發展蓬勃,儘管新冠疫情及中美貿易戰撼動全球,亞洲開發銀行仍樂觀預期越南GDP增長能自去年4.8%,「V型」反彈至今年6.8%;而新加坡星展銀行甚至預測,截至2029年,越南的經濟規模將超越新加坡。目前,越南已跟十多個國家簽訂貿易協議,包括中國、澳洲及日本。當中胡志明市不僅擁有優越的地理位置,是越南經濟的主要推動力,具有發展金融中心的優勢。而胡志明市第1郡,為全市的心臟地帶及核心商業區,該郡為胡志明市經濟、貿易、金融、行政中心。

          Grand Marina, Saigon為萬豪國際集團管理的全球最具規模品牌住宅項目,亦是越南這充滿活力的房地產市場首個品牌住宅。坐落於胡志明市鑽石級地段之全新標誌性項目,由 Ashton Hawks 在香港公開發售。

          Masterise Homes發展之萬豪國際品牌住宅Grand Marina, Saigon坐落於胡志明市第1郡西貢河北岸的一片大型土地。此佔地10公頃的大型開發項目集合奢華住宅、寫字樓、商業地產及長達850米海濱長廊於一身,這將為胡志明市經濟及社區發展帶來一股新動力,吸引環球企業及高淨值人士注目。

          Grand Marina, Saigon集奢華住宅、寫字樓、商業地產及長達850米海濱長廊於一身。

          河畔府邸配套優越
          Masterise Homes首個最具規模品牌住宅項目Grand Marina, Saigon,8幢河畔住宅樓宇四周環繞著優美的公園廣場,同時享受到萬豪所提供之優質生活體驗及時尚生活,為越南奢華優質生活重新定義。

          坐落胡志明市第1郡標誌性地區的Grand Marina, Saigon,除享有無與倫比的河畔環境優勢外,物業與優質學府、餐廳食肆、購物地帶及未來地鐵站均咫尺之隔,文化及商業娛樂匯聚,交通便捷,全面滿足到中產及富裕人士對優質生活的喜好需求。

          Grand Marina, Saigon位處市中心Ba Son站,步行數分鐘可達,交通便捷。

          園林環繞毗連鐵路
          Grand Marina, Saigon為越南首個酒店品牌概念住宅,無論在設施、服務抑或生活方式質素均經過度身定造,匠心獨運的設計,加上獲著名國際酒店集團所支持,令這優質項目能夠匯聚生活品味與富裕人口。

          品牌住宅項目的特色是除了提供優質生活外,此概念式住宅在市場上存在靈活性及價值。而坐落於胡志明市最理想地段的Grand Marina, Saigon,既享受西貢河遼闊美景,同時所提供之優質設施服務,正符合富裕人口的生活需求。目前越南中產及富豪人口不斷增加,對優質住宅需求持續高漲,加上區內新供應十分緊絀,在供不應求下,意味此類品牌住宅將突顯其獨特價值。

          越南首個酒店概念住宅地標
          Masterise Homes副總裁兼首席財務官Jason Turnbull先生說:「Masterise Homes一直以來以打造無可挑剔且具價值的房地產項目而感到自豪。每個項目不單單是純開發之房地產項目,而是能夠一代接一代傳承下去的珍貴物業。可媲美寶石的Grand Marina, Saigon就是在這一宗旨和願景下誕生,為越南首個以萬豪酒店為品牌概念之住宅項目,此坐落於河岸之歷史性地標Bason,將成為越南新地標及全球其中一標誌性項目,將這獨特的項目引入香港市場教我們引以自豪。」

          Ashton Hawks創辦人及首席執行官賴遠方先生表示:「在強勁經貿發展下,香港人對於越南房地產市場已有一定認識及充滿信心。我們認為,品牌住宅絕對經得起市場挑戰考驗,隨著時間及環境變化仍能保持其真實的價值。我們很高興與Masterise Homes攜手合作,能夠將Grand Marina, Saigon這尊貴府邸率先引入香港市場,這是一個難得的機遇,項目全然將奢華生活推向極致,是高淨值人士對優質生活及資產價值的定義。」

          Ashton Hawks將於3月27及28日在香港萬豪酒店舉辦專題講座介紹Grand Marina, Saigon,屆時將全面講解越南豪宅市場增長為品牌住宅帶來之影響力。

          由8幢河畔住宅組成,其中「Lake Tower」預計可供應433個單位。

          Grand Marina, Saigon坐落西貢河畔。

          項目享遼闊優美河景。

          項目位處胡志明市中心,得天獨厚料成區內地標。

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            越南胡志明市全新大型綜合式河畔府邸Grand Marina, Saigon率先在港公開發售

            越南近幾年發展蓬勃,儘管新冠疫情及中美貿易戰撼動全球,亞洲開發銀行仍樂觀預期越南GDP增長能自去年4.8%,「V型」反彈至今年6.8%;而新加坡星展銀行甚至預測,截至2029年,越南的經濟規模將超越新加坡。目前,越南已跟十多個國家簽訂貿易協議,包括中國、澳洲及日本。當中胡志明市不僅擁有優越的地理位置,是越南經濟的主要推動力,具有發展金融中心的優勢。而胡志明市第1郡,為全市的心臟地帶及核心商業區,該郡為胡志明市經濟、貿易、金融、行政中心。

            Grand Marina, Saigon為萬豪國際集團管理的全球最具規模品牌住宅項目,亦是越南這充滿活力的房地產市場首個品牌住宅。坐落於胡志明市鑽石級地段之全新標誌性項目,由 Ashton Hawks 在香港公開發售。

            Masterise Homes發展之萬豪國際品牌住宅Grand Marina, Saigon坐落於胡志明市第1郡西貢河北岸的一片大型土地。此佔地10公頃的大型開發項目集合奢華住宅、寫字樓、商業地產及長達850米海濱長廊於一身,這將為胡志明市經濟及社區發展帶來一股新動力,吸引環球企業及高淨值人士注目。

            Grand Marina, Saigon集奢華住宅、寫字樓、商業地產及長達850米海濱長廊於一身。

            河畔府邸配套優越
            Masterise Homes首個最具規模品牌住宅項目Grand Marina, Saigon,8幢河畔住宅樓宇四周環繞著優美的公園廣場,同時享受到萬豪所提供之優質生活體驗及時尚生活,為越南奢華優質生活重新定義。

            坐落胡志明市第1郡標誌性地區的Grand Marina, Saigon,除享有無與倫比的河畔環境優勢外,物業與優質學府、餐廳食肆、購物地帶及未來地鐵站均咫尺之隔,文化及商業娛樂匯聚,交通便捷,全面滿足到中產及富裕人士對優質生活的喜好需求。

            Grand Marina, Saigon位處市中心Ba Son站,步行數分鐘可達,交通便捷。

            園林環繞毗連鐵路
            Grand Marina, Saigon為越南首個酒店品牌概念住宅,無論在設施、服務抑或生活方式質素均經過度身定造,匠心獨運的設計,加上獲著名國際酒店集團所支持,令這優質項目能夠匯聚生活品味與富裕人口。

            品牌住宅項目的特色是除了提供優質生活外,此概念式住宅在市場上存在靈活性及價值。而坐落於胡志明市最理想地段的Grand Marina, Saigon,既享受西貢河遼闊美景,同時所提供之優質設施服務,正符合富裕人口的生活需求。目前越南中產及富豪人口不斷增加,對優質住宅需求持續高漲,加上區內新供應十分緊絀,在供不應求下,意味此類品牌住宅將突顯其獨特價值。

            Grand Marina, Saigon四周被綠葉如蔭的公園廣場所包圍,彷彿與大自然融為一體。

            越南首個酒店概念住宅地標
            Masterise Homes副總裁兼首席財務官Jason Turnbull先生說:「Masterise Homes一直以來以打造無可挑剔且具價值的房地產項目而感到自豪。每個項目不單單是純開發之房地產項目,而是能夠一代接一代傳承下去的珍貴物業。可媲美寶石的Grand Marina, Saigon就是在這一宗旨和願景下誕生,為越南首個以萬豪酒店為品牌概念之住宅項目,此坐落於河岸之歷史性地標Bason,將成為越南新地標及全球其中一標誌性項目,將這獨特的項目引入香港市場教我們引以自豪。」

            Ashton Hawks創辦人及首席執行官賴遠方先生表示:「在強勁經貿發展下,香港人對於越南房地產市場已有一定認識及充滿信心。我們認為,品牌住宅絕對經得起市場挑戰考驗,隨著時間及環境變化仍能保持其真實的價值。我們很高興與Masterise Homes攜手合作,能夠將Grand Marina, Saigon這尊貴府邸率先引入香港市場,這是一個難得的機遇,項目全然將奢華生活推向極致,是高淨值人士對優質生活及資產價值的定義。」

            Ashton Hawks將於3月27及28日在香港萬豪酒店舉辦專題講座介紹Grand Marina, Saigon,屆時將全面講解越南豪宅市場增長為品牌住宅帶來之影響力。

            由8幢河畔住宅組成,其中「Lake Tower」預計可供應433個單位。

            Grand Marina, Saigon坐落西貢河畔。

            四周環繞著翠綠園林,環境優雅宜人。

            附近設遊艇碼頭,擁富豪級享受。

            項目享遼闊優美河景。

            項目位處胡志明市中心,得天獨厚料成區內地標。

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              The First Marriott Branded Residences in Vietnam

              With a thriving luxury property market and low entry prices against the background of a booming economy, not to mention its rich cultural heritage, picturesque beaches, and mouthwatering food, Vietnam is fast becoming one of Asia’s hottest destinations to visit and live.

              As a steady economic outperformer in southeast Asia, Vietnam has surpassed China in its GDP growth rate. Also, CEIC and DBS economists predict that the Vietnamese economy could grow significantly in the next ten years and surpass Singapore by 2029.

              While the global economic slow down has impacted countries, big and small, around the world, Vietnam has been an exception. One of the reasons is that the trade war has prompted many manufacturers to relocate to Vietnam to escape the increased tariffs. As the largest city in the country, Ho Chi Minh City stands out as an economic hub with the strongest growth potentials.

              Grand Marina, Saigon

              In a press conference held on March 16, Ashton Hawks introduced the world’s largest Marriott Branded Residences – Grand Marina, Saigon, a luxury property that is poised to become the most desirable and iconic residential address of the city with its unsurpassed waterfront position in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.

              A pioneer in Vietnam of the Urban Branded Residences Concept, the development is a 10-hectare riverfront largescale, mixed-use complex with ultra-luxe residential, office and commercial properties, alongside a landmark 850-metre Waterfront Promenade. Overlooking fetching views of Saigon River will be eight resplendent residential towers rising from the tranquil shorefront.
              Grand Marina, Saigon offers not only extensive amenities, tailored service and lifestyle benefits, but also an everyday access to the ultimate Marriott experience of elevated modern living. The development is Marriott International’s largest branded residence project in the world, and the company’s first foray into Vietnam’s highly vibrant branded residential market segment.

              Residents can take advantage of the unparalleled access to the city’s cultural and commercial centers, with the country’s finest schools, restaurants, shopping destinations at the doorstep. The upcoming Metro link close by will put the entire city within easy reach.

              Mr. Jason Turnbull, Deputy Managing Director cum Chief Financial Officer at Masterise Homes, says he is proud to introduce this one-of-a-kind project to Hong Kong as it will be Vietnam’s new icon and global landmark. “Located at the heritage landmark of Bason, the crown jewel Grand Marina, Saigon is born under the vision of creating exquisite real estate developments to impeccable standards – a legacy that can be passed on to generation after generation,” he adds.

              Mr. Kingston Lai, Founder & CEO of Ashton Hawks, points out that Hong Kong is no stranger to Vietnam’s real estate market due to its phenomenal potentials. “We believe branded residences will withstand shocks and challenges and sustain their value over time,” he stresses.

              “Grand Marina, Saigon is a rare opportunity that ticks all the boxes, especially for the savvy and affluent who are looking to expand their portfolio with yet another trophy asset,” Lai concludes. “We are delighted to partner with Masterise Homes to offer Grand Marina, Saigon to Hong Kong and beyond.”




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                越南胡志明市Grand Marina, Saigon 盡顯高尚品味 在港率先發售

                中美貿易戰令很多中國廠商遷往越南發展,為當地注入經濟動力。在疫情控制方面,越南也表現不錯,經濟發展前景令人樂觀,逐漸成為富裕階層關注之地。最近,越南房地產市場帶來首個及全球具規模的品牌住宅項目,由
                Masterise Homes發展的萬豪國際品牌住宅Grand Marina, Saigon坐落於胡志明市第1郡西貢河北岸,佔地10公頃,集奢華住宅、寫字樓、商業地產及長達850米海濱長廊於一身,將為胡志明市經濟及社區發展帶來一股新動力。

                萬豪國際品牌住宅Grand Marina, Saigon是坐落胡志明市鑽石級地段的全新標誌性項目,由Ashton Hawks引領在香港公開發售。8棟河畔住宅樓宇四周環繞著優美的公園廣場,同時享受到萬豪所提供之優質生活體驗及時尚生活,為越南奢華優質生活重新定義。

                配套完善吸引富裕階層

                項目除享有無與倫比的河畔環境優勢外,物業與優質學府、餐廳食肆、購物地帶及未來地鐵站均咫尺之隔,文化及商業娛樂匯聚,交通便捷,全面滿足中產及富裕人士對優質生活的喜好需求。

                Grand Marina, Saigon為越南首個酒店品牌概念住宅,無論在設施、服務或生活方式質素均經過度身定造,匠心獨運的設計,加上獲著名國際酒店集團支持,令這優質項目能夠匯聚生活品味與富裕人口。

                目前,越南中產及富豪人口不斷增加,對優質住宅需求持續高漲,加上區內新供應十分緊絀,在供不應求下,品牌住宅更顯獨特價值。品牌住宅項目的特色除了提供優質生活外,此概念式住宅在市場上增添靈活性及價值。坐落胡志明市最理想地段的Grand Marina, Saigon,既享受西貢河遼闊美景,同時所提供之優質設施服務,符合富裕家庭的生活需求。

                據第一太平戴維斯2019年環球研究報告顯示,全球擁有超過420個品牌住宅項目,而萬豪國際集團是品牌住宅市場領域中全球最大參與者,旗下持有100個品牌住宅橫跨25個國家及地區。品牌住宅於環球奢侈品市場具有多項優勢,無論在全球流動性、質量設計、安全品質、所提供之優質卓越服務,以及名牌出品對富豪所帶來之巨大吸引力等,都突顯獨特優勢。

                越南地標項目資產價值可傳承

                Masterise Homes副總裁兼首席財務官Jason Turnbull說:「Masterise Homes一直以來以打造無可挑剔且具價值的房地產項目而感到自豪。每個項目不單單是純開發之房地產項目,而是能夠一代接一代傳承下去的珍貴物業。可媲美寶石的Grand Marina, Saigon就是在這一宗旨和願景下誕生,為越南首個以萬豪酒店為品牌概念之住宅項目,此坐落於河岸之歷史性地標Bason,將成為越南新地標及全球其中一標誌性項目。」

                Ashton Hawks創辦人及首席執行官賴遠方表示:「在強勁經貿發展下,香港人對於越南房地產市場已有一定認識及充滿信心。我們認為,品牌住宅絕對經得起市場挑戰考驗,隨著時間及環境變化仍能保持其真實的價值。很高興將尊貴府邸Grand Marina, Saigon率先引入香港市場,這是一個難得的機遇,項目全然將奢華生活推向極致, 是高淨值人士對優質生活及資產價值的定義。」Grand Marina, Saigon專題講座將於3月27及28日在香港萬豪酒店舉行,屆時全面講解越南豪宅市場增長為品牌住宅帶來之影響力。




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                  Next Plus interviews our founder and CEO

                  Ashton Hawks Founder and CEO Mr. Kingston Lai, who also founded Golden Emperor Properties and Asia Bankers Club, was interviewed by Next Plus to share his road on being a successful entrepreneur. Review the interview with the link below for the full article and video:

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                    Interview with Our Managing Director Mr. Kingston Lai (The Standard)

                    Asia Bankers Club founder and chief executive Kingston Lai sees future potential in property markets in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, New York City, Manchester – but he has reservations about London and cities in Australia.

                    In addition to the investment club targeting bankers and professionals, Lai also controls Ashton Hawks and Golden Emperor Properties, which aim at high net worth individuals and retail investors, respectively, for overseas real estate.

                    Amid a number of uncertainties, Lai reckons real estate buyers need to think twice. “But the more uncertainty people see from the trade war, the more they are interested in properties in Vietnam, where more manufacturers are expected to move from China.” He says a recent project in HCMC received an overwhelming response.

                    “Even if the Hong Kong property market were to fall, would flats now valued at HK$10 million plunge to HK$5 million? However, two-room apartments sized between 700 and 1,000 square feet in district 2 and 4 in HCMC cost around HK$2 million and they have the potential to rise further.”

                    He compares these areas to Sheung Wan, close to the central business district. Apartments further away from the CBD cost around HK$1.2 million only.

                    Property prices in HCMC have risen on average 15 percent a year over the past three years, compared with as much as 30 percent a year in Bangkok several years ago, says Lai. On average, there is 8 percent gross rental yield in HCMC, he says.

                    District 1 is the traditional CBD and district 3 is where many embassies and historical buildings are located. Investors have been looking at districts 2 and 4. Last month, the HCMC administration decided that no high-rise apartment projects in districts 1 and 3 will be approved until 2020. Lai expects supply to be even tighter.

                    He is also bullish on the property market in Hanoi, where Samsung, Apple and Microsoft have invested. The World Bank projected GDP growth in Vietnam to be 6.8 percent in 2018 and 6.5 percent in 2019.

                    Although Koreans and Japanese are the top foreign investors in Vietnam, Lai says they are not keen on buying properties, unlike Hong Kong and mainland Chinese, who can rent the flats to them. “You can compare HCMC and Hanoi with Shanghai and Beijing, respectively, but we are yet to find a Shenzhen in Vietnam,” Lai says.

                    Overseas people can buy property in Vietnam and sell or lease it to locals and foreigners. A 50-year leasehold ownership will be given to foreigners with renewal possibility.

                    When buying a property in Vietnam, investors are subject to 0.5 percent stamp duty. For rental income, they are subject to about 10 percent income tax. If they want to sell the property, 2 percent personal income tax of the selling price will be charged.

                    Foreigners need to have a bank account in Vietnam and need to sign the sales agreement in person. Mortgages are not available. He says the firm has helped a client to gain about 16 percent to buy and sell a property in Vietnam within a year.

                    Lai, a Malaysian Chinese, says it takes time to assess the political situation back home. He adds that properties in Singapore are too expensive to buy.

                    Investors in Thailand property should be cautious. Lai says that a studio in Bangkok near a metro station costs between HK$1 million and HK$2 million, while those costing only HK$500,000 may be in very remote areas that will be difficult to sell or rent out.

                    As for developed markets, Lai sees potential in New York City.

                    Sellers have been cutting prices there with less demand due to a tax reform that changes the mortgage interest and property tax deduction, making home ownership less attractive.

                    While this also applies to foreigners, Lai says some Hong Kong buyers note that the US-HK dollar peg minimizes currency risk. They expect long-term capital gain in New York City center, where there is continuing redevelopment and population growth.

                    Despite the interest among locals for London homes, Lai is cautious in the wake of Brexit and the high costs of investing there. He sees more potential in Manchester, which he believes could be a future London, Liverpool and Birmingham.

                    In Australia, Lai says banks will only provide construction financing to developers if they have sold a substantial amount of an uncompleted project. He worries some developers may struggle.

                    He also sees potential in Japanese real estate but the company does not have expertise there. “We only sell projects that we can manage. We sell about 1,000 units a year. We try our best to ensure customers’ properties are well-managed and can be rented out,” he says. “Selling projects by major developers is one of the ways in which we have peace of mind.”

                    He and his team carry out due diligence and even buy properties themselves to experience the process. Six months were spent studying the property market in Vietnam before identifying projects.

                    Ashton Hawks and Golden Emperor Properties serve clients with different needs.

                    “If you tell me HK$1 million cash is all that you have, I won’t tell you to place it all into a property in Vietnam.

                    “Instead, we have helped a retired customer to spend HK$500,000 to buy a condo in Thailand for his own use and the rest for his spending.

                    “Customers like bankers may bet on some properties in Southeast Asia and at the same time invest in London, or New York City, for long-term stable growth.”

                    Source: The Standard





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