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Markets in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are experiencing booming real estate sectors, fuelled by a growing middle class and strong economic performance. But which emerging markets are most worthy of investors’ attention? Today we name the top emerging global cities for investment potential in each region. Manila, Philippines In Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2014, a joint report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC, Manila was ranked in the top five cities in the region for its investment potential. With a strong economy and improvement in areas like transparency and governance, more investors have turned their attention to the Philippines’ capital. Manila has a young demographic, receives a significant amount of capital from Filipinos working overseas and a similar workforce culture to the west. Its residential, retail and office sectors all have strong investment prospects. Jakarta, Indonesia The same report ranked Jakarta for…

With luxury features including a gigantic infinity pool and its own water slide, the five-storey Tour Odéon penthouse will surely be one of the world’s most expensive homes when it hits the market next year. This luxury apartment in Monaco comes with a considerable price tag – it will set you back a cool $387 million USD. Rising above the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, this high-end apartment will be located on the top of a 170-meter tower called Tour Odéon when completed at the end of 2014. This tower is set to be the second tallest building on the Mediterranean coastline. Consisting of 70 super large apartments, the building will offer many features, ranging from a private chauffeur to a health center and spa. The first 20 storeys are planned to be office space. With 360-degree views over the sea, the penthouse comes with spacious rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, excellent…

A major city in the northeast of Bangladesh, Sylhet is surrounded by tea estates, river valleys, and hills. While it is less popular in comparison to other hotspots, its historical and cultural landmarks are enticing, and the landscapes are a sight to behold. This city came into existence during the late 1800s and has since risen to become a focal point, as a result of the production of Bangladesh’s tea yield and natural gas. Popular also for cane, citrus, timber, and agarwood, it really is a major contributor to the country’s GDP. Infrastructure Despite being a small city, Sylhet’s transformation has been drastic. It is evident when you look at the residential properties, built to the highest luxury, as well as improved water and power supply network, roadwork and communications. The potential resources available in Sylhet led to a rapid increase in both foreign and local investment, a consequence of…

If you are looking to settle down, or to visit somewhere new and exciting on the continent, why not add Obhur, Galle, and Medan to your list of possibilities. From relaxing cafe cultures and world-class cuisines to water sports and beautiful architecture, these locations have a lot to offer. We have compiled a list of the six coolest places to live in Asia. Medan, Indonesia The biggest metropolis in Sumatera has captured true Indonesian character; historical influences still exist, side by side with the best that the modern world can offer – strong infrastructure in a metropolitan city. It is home to a number of eye-catching buildings with Dutch-colonial architecture, including the Medan City Hall and the Great Mosque of Medan. Obhur, Saudi Arabia Located around 30 kilometers north of Jeddah, Obhur is an up-and-coming attraction in Saudi Arabia. The area is increasingly popular for locals and foreigners, and domestic…

Nearly all of us have relatives abroad, people we’d love to see coming back home. These are people known as emigrants. A more technical term is Expats, which essentially differentiates from emigrants is that they are people who specialize in particular fields of work and have been living in a different country from their home country because they moved there for better work/living or that they were posted there from work. Moving to a new place is a huge step in one’s life and his/her family. What people don’t seem to realize is that moving back to one’s original place of residence having lived abroad for a long time is equally difficult to adjust to. Where to live? There are countless things to plan and take care of and foremost of these concerns is, of course, the issue housing. For some people, the natural decision is to live with one’s…

If you need to leave your house spotless before moving to a new property or you need some professional help with cleaning your new home, you may want to consider hiring professional help. Cleaning companies can make your property shine and they’re a fantastic option for those who don’t have enough time to do it themselves. The following list includes some of the best cleaning companies in Bangladesh. Company name, City, Phone A.K Traders Ltd., Dhaka, +88028859074 Absolute Kleening Ltd., Dhaka,+8801713649238 Advance Environmental Services & ENGRG PTE Ltd., Dhaka,+88028922825 Aero Asia (PTE) Ltd., Dhaka,+88029568703 Ananta, Dhaka,+88021915522770 Armac Services Ltd., Dhaka,+88029881697 Clean & Care Ltd., Dhaka,+88028128759 Clean Care, Dhaka,+88027169852 Cleanfast, Dhaka,+881711544344 Dhaka Clean and Care, Chittagong, +8801911782464 Dynamic, Dhaka,+88029344237 Estate Management Services, Dhaka,+881724594413 Hygiene Services, Dhaka,+8801832200441 Innovative Services Ltd., Dhaka,+88028920793 Interior Heights Ltd., Dhaka,+88029351848 Jamsons, Dhaka,+88028615392 Klean Klub, Dhaka,+8801733507309 Kleen Zone, Dhaka,+881713077955 Kleentek Service Ltd., Dhaka,+88029123076 Logistic Team, Dhaka, +88028114253…

Handover for a Rental Property Handing over is the last stage of the letting go process for landlords. It is when the tenancy agreement has been created and the landlords are ready to rent their property. The entire handing over process is supposed to be short and sweet, given that the landlords have done their homework. Following is a checklist the landlords should follow in order to make the process effective: Tenancy Agreements: Landlords need to have two tenancy agreements, one for themselves and one for the tenant. Then they should fill in the following details: Date Name of Landlord & Tenant Property Address The term of the tenancy The rent payable Security Deposit Having done so, the landlord and tenant are ready to sign the agreement. Upfront Payment: The Landlord should specify the upfront payment that they require, which can be up to a 3 months’ rent and also…

Buying a property is a crucial step in life; so it is important to get it right. It can be a long and complex process but don’t let all that paperwork bring you down; the organization is key and a good action plan will surely guide you through it. The following checklist includes some of the most important aspects one should consider when buying a new property:  Budget constraints Check your financial status and credit situation before you start looking for your future home in order to know what you are up against.  Things you want It is advisable to make a list with the features that one wants in property and stick to it in order to make it a perfect home to live.  Engaging real estate experts Seeking professional advice will not only save you time but it will also make the buying process much smoother. Try to…

When one is on the hunt for a new house to rent, there are some aspects that should be taken into consideration. As that property will be your home for the foreseeable future, you should make a rational assessment entailing the local areas and amenities, condition of the property from both the inside and out and the cost associated with it. The following checklist will act as a basic guide for every potential tenant:  Outside features You should consider whether you need a garden, a balcony, security guard or a parking space.  Indoor features Renters should carefully examine the inside of the house and check the condition of walls, fixtures, and fittings. Avoid future problems by having a look at the internet and TV connection, gas heating, electrical wiring, and leakage conditions.  Safety checks Make sure the property is safe for all the tenants, pay attention to the door locks…

It is not just your exercise regime that needs overhauling for the new year. Our five property-themed resolutions will help you turn your house into a dream home. So make 2014 the year you resolve to… Get organized It’s time to declutter so you can start the year with a clean slate. Throw out the stacks of old magazines that are taking up valuable shelf space and donate any clothes you never wear to charity. After a major clean up, think of creative storage solutions to help you maintain your new, clutter-free state. Try DIY Need a new fence but money is tight? Always wanted a feature wall in your bedroom? Then it’s the perfect time to work on those do-it-yourself skills. Start small with some DIY decorating – such as setting up a picture wall or giving the living room a new coat of paint – and work your…