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Reading Time: 1 minute Property values are increasing around the globe – and with a buck to be made, the number of global real estate billionaires is also rising. Nowhere is this trend more pronounced than in the emerging markets. We released an infographic showing the spread of billionaire property tycoons worldwide. With statistics from Forbes’ Magazine’s Billionaire List 2014, the graphic reveals that three top real estate billionaires now hail from emerging markets: Malik Riaz, worth $1.1 USD billion, is a Pakistani real estate investor Andrew Gotianun, a Filipino entrepreneur, is worth $1 billion Wang Jianlin, listed as the wealthiest person in China by Bloomberg, worth more than $15 billion The infographic reveals some further surprising figures about real estates super-wealthy. Of the 1645 billionaires around the globe, just 46 made their fortune in real estate. And of the world’s billionaires, nearly 500 are native to the United States. But countries like China…

Reading Time: 2 minutes Women in emerging countries including the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Mexico are dispelling the myth that men drive the house-hunting process in these regions. We have released new research that shows the majority of homebuyers in these countries are women. The figures are based on an analysis of search behavior on leading real estate website. The analysis reveals that more than 60 percent of homebuyers in Mexico are female, while the majority of house-hunters in the Philippines are women. In Bangladesh, couples search for property together, but the final decision is most often made by the female. The research also shed light on the average age of homebuyers in countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. While the average buyer is aged up to 50 years in Sri Lanka and up to 60 in Colombia, those purchasing property elsewhere can be much younger. In Jordan, the typical buyer…