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Archive of Ziv Magen

Ziv Magen (G+) is an Australian, and has been living alternately in Japan and Australia for the past decade. "Born and bred" an IT project manager, he has made the transition to full-time real-estate investing several years ago, and subsequently opened a buyers' and proxy agency - assisting others in remotely capitalising on Asia's booming property market.

Ziv has written 34 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate News & Commentary

Friday Digest Special – Asia Real-Estate in 2013 – Predictions & Prospects

by Ziv Magen January 11, 2013
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Having covered the major trends and events of Asia’s property markets in the last year as evident in news and analyst reports from around the globe, from both the established markets and emerging markets perspectives – it’s now time to take a peek into our crystal balls, and see what the spirits, oracles and visionaries […]

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Friday Digest Special – Asia Real-Estate in 2012 (2) – Emerging Markets

by Ziv Magen January 4, 2013
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If the last five years have taught us anything as investors, it would be that “stable” should more accurately read “stable thus far”. No country or real-estate market in the world was considered more “stable and established” than the great US of A in this century. Try telling that to the vast majority of folk […]

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Friday Digest Special – Asia Real-Estate in 2012 – Established Markets

by Ziv Magen December 28, 2012
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It’s been a very exciting year for Asian economies generally, as well as for the property market specifically, no doubt about it. As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to take a step or two back from the nitty gritty details of particular deals, companies, cities or projects, as well as the plethora of […]

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Friday Asia Digest – China RE Scene Stabilises | Asia REITs Beat Stocks

by Ziv Magen December 21, 2012
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This week’s news items bear the mark of stability and sustained growth outlooks for Asian economies as a whole, underpinned by a robust property market, and led by China‘s modestly re-vitalised real-estate sector – while the region’s REIT market, firmly asserting itself as “the place to be” produces some spectacular numbers – China’s New Leadership […]

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Friday Asia Digest – Thai King’s Fund Far From Benevolent | Foreign Investment in India Hits Rock Bottom

by Ziv Magen December 14, 2012
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“The Crown Property Bureau” (CPB) is the main fund supporting Thailand’s king – at 85, the world’s longest reigning monarch – and his family. For decades, the fund fought to maintain it’s image of altruism and benevolence, with its annual reports emphasizing helping society over making profits – this in spite of the fact that […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Asian Money Escapes to Sydney – USA Tops Global Real-Estate Markets

by Ziv Magen November 30, 2012
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Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s main cities, made international headlines this week, with the impending release of a report by Price Waterhouse Coopers, detailing Asia-Pacific’s preferred real-estate investment destinations for 2013. Sydney (pictured at right) made fourth place, a drop from third last year, and Melbourne slipped from ninth to tenth place on the list – but with both […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Corruption, Maria Sharapova & “Black Money” in India | Australia/US Court Foreign Investors

by Ziv Magen November 23, 2012
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In India, Asia’s third largest economy and one of the world’s most populous countries, the battle against corruption and uncertainty rages on. Government and industry efforts, reported on in previous digests, designed in an attempt to ensure the continued flow of foreign funds into the country and sustain its continued growth, are facing an uphill […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Chinese Acquire Japan’s Water, UK’s Realty; Turkey & Indonesia Attract Billions

by Ziv Magen November 15, 2012
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Foreign investors, led by Chinese, have been purchasing extensively in water-rich rural Japan – one of the wold’s top 10% countries in water resources, and also the only country in the Asia-Pacific region that doesn’t regulate property investment by foreigners. As a result, certain land in certain areas – particularly Hokkaido, in the country’s North […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Over 1 Mil Poor in Hong-Kong, Obama Win Boosts Asian RE Stocks

by Ziv Magen November 9, 2012
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A shocking review of living conditions in Hong-Kong, Asia’s financial hub and one of the world’s most expensive real-estate markets, reveals that over a million residents are living below the poverty line – making less that 3,500 HKD (450 USD) per month – while property prices are now 107% higher than in 2008, and 26% […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Cooling Measure Save China, Fail Hong-Kong

by Ziv Magen November 2, 2012
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The old “China/Hong-Kong love/hate dependency/independency” relationship issue is ringing louder and truer than ever this week, as the state of both countries’ property markets provides observers and analysts with a fascinating opportunity to study the complex relationship between the two. Both China and Hong-Kong governments have introduced strict and severely limiting cooling measures, in several […]

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Friday Asia Digest: US QE3 Harms Asia Economy, China/Singapore Buy Trophy Western Assets

by Ziv Magen October 26, 2012
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As demonstrated in previous economic cycles, the Bank of Japan offers no apologies as far as its monetary policy goes, and does anything and everything it deems necessary to maintain the Yen’s position as one of the world’s most stable currencies – disregarding criticisms of its often brutish measures. “Surprise”, unannounced and undisclosed sales of […]

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Friday Asia Digest: China’s Mega-Rich Lose Billions, Asia Bubble Potential Intensifies

by Ziv Magen October 18, 2012
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China‘s property billionaires are far from happy this year, as government measures intended to curb speculation in China’s huge and virginal private ownership property market have been put into place. 8 of the country’s richest property moguls, all of whom are on Forbes’ “top Asian 100″ rich list, have lost a combined 3.87 billion USD, […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Singapore RE Market White-Hot, India Steps Up Its Game

by Ziv Magen October 12, 2012
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Singapore’s residential & industrial real estate sectors are on fire, despite government attempts to keep prices under control. July saw 1,946 new homes sales, a rise of 42 percent month-on-month. That puts the total sales figure for the first eight months of 2012 at 15,300 new properties, close to the full-year total of 2011. Savills […]

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Friday Asia Digest: Thailand’s Bump on the Way to the Top, World’s Richest Turn to Property

by Ziv Magen October 5, 2012
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An ugly spat between local developers and government officials in Phuket, one of Thailand’s and Asia’s most luxurious resort property markets (pictured on right) threatens to derail the country’s stellar rise to real-estate supremacy evident in the last few years. A series of government-sponsored investigations over encroachment onto public land and allegations of corruption and […]

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Friday Asia Digest: The Great Tokyo Rebound | Asian Real Estate Gets Greener

by Ziv Magen September 28, 2012
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Two decades of deflation, following the great Japanese property bubble burst in the early nineties, have left speculative investors on the sidelines as far as Japan is concerned. The ultra-safe and highly regulated business environment, tax incentives for foreign investors, and even the promise of spectacular cash-flow, in a world gone mad with negatively geared […]

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