Hana Bank’s private banker (PB) business division held the seminar for affluent customers to explain the procedure for taking out loans and remitting money to make an investment in real estate in major cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles in the United States and Tokyo in Japan.
Most notably, the participants showed a keen interest in directly investing in the properties introduced during the seminar. Yang Yong-hwa, head consultant on property investment at KEB Hana Bank, said, “Real estate in the advanced market, such as the United States and Japan, has been recognized as a risk-free asset and many customers showed much interest in it because of relatively lax regulations on lending.”
S. Korea’s Big Investors Flocking to Overseas Real Estate
Hana Bank established a partnership with global real estate service providers, including KF Korea and Global PMC, in March and has been seeking to launch the real estate consulting business. KB Kookmin Bank also introduced the global KB real estate consulting service in 2014, while Woori Bank is holding consultation sessions on investment in foreign properties by making use of its global network which is the largest among domestic banks. Shinhan Bank established a partnership with global real estate service firm, KF Korea, in April and will hold the first seminar on overseas real estate on May 27.
As an increasing number of commercial banks have been pushing into the overseas real estate consulting market, areas for consultation are getting increasingly diversified. Tokyo has the highest demand as it is relatively easy to access and the price of real estate there is on the rise before the 2020 Summer Olympics. However, emerging countries that have a high growth potential, such as Vietnam, recently see more investment coming in.
Singapore now claims the top spot for real estate investment prospects in terms of price increases in 2020. Hong Kong, rocked by months of violent political protests, has fallen from 14th place to the bottom of the pile in 2019.
New private home sales in Singapore fell 27% in October from September, reported Channel News Asia, based on the data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). According to URA data, developers only sold 928 units in October (955 units...