A corridor in the dilapidated apartment block on Ham Tu Quan Street in Hanoi. Bao has been living in this small, dingy place on Ham Tu Quan Street, Hoan Kiem District, for 40 years. He says it was built in the 1950s for Ministry of Education employees, and its two floors have 24 apartments measuring 10-25 square meters each. Half a century later the place, that was once a dream for many people in an era of deprivation due to wars, have virtually become slums. People live in extremely cramped spaces, and the haphazard extensions and renovations done over the years only emphasize its crumbling nature today. Most people living here could not afford a proper house and so bought a unit here at very cheap prices. The initial design was too open with several flats sharing a toilet and other amenities. Households had to cook their food in the little space they have in front. Charcoal stoves are common. Without real kitchens, food is cooked in these cramped spaces. Over the years … [Read more...] about In downtown Hanoi, some old apartments are ticking time bombs
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The Grand Manhattan, which has been introduced to the market half a year ago, keeps the luxury property segment hot thanks to its dual benefits of rising prices and high rental yields in the future. The Grand Manhattan boasts a frontage onto Co Bac Street and Co Giang Street in the heart of District 1 Prospects of rising prices According to a report by CBRE Vietnam, the entire Ho Chi Minh City only has around 400 luxury apartments priced from $3,500-7,000 per square metre, mainly concentrated in the heart of District 1, accounting for a humble rate of only 0.3 per cent of the total apartment supply (nearly 160,000 units). The luxury segment is heated up with new projects like The Grand Manhattan, which was launched by Novaland at the beginning of this year. The complex comprises of three 39-storey apartment buildings with four underground floors. It is being built on an area of 1.4 hectares, supplying 1,000 luxury apartments with long-term ownership for homebuyers. As land is … [Read more...] about Dual benefits of investing in luxury apartments in District 1
Downtown condo development ban may cause monopolyBy Le Anh An aerial view of the downtown area of HCMC - PHOTO: THANH HOA HCMC - The HCMC government’s decision to stop licensing new multistorey apartment building projects in Districts 1 and 3 until 2020 could result in a monopoly among the few investors in projects currently under construction, paving the way for them to raise the prices of apartments, according to the HCMC Real Estate Association (HoREA). HCMC currently has more than 8,500 high-end apartments, accounting for 30% of the total, while low-cost ones make up only 24.7%, with nearly 7,000 units. This means that there is an imbalance in HCMC’s housing market. A balanced housing market should have the largest proportion of low-end apartments and the smallest proportion of apartments in the high-end segment. HoREA forecast a shortage of homes for low-income people but an abundant supply of high-end apartments. Investors in luxury apartments will have to … [Read more...] about Downtown condo development ban may cause monopoly
Who are the owners of luxury apartments in District 1? A view of The Grand Manhattan, a luxury apartment project in downtown HCMC The just-launched Grand Manhattan has become the center of splendor due to its luxury apartments being located in downtown HCMC, which are not easy to own. From international investors Elena Goh, a Singaporean real estate investor, is one of the first owners of apartments at The Grand Manhattan, “HCMC is a market my husband has eyed for ages. So we decided to purchase apartments as soon as the project was introduced to the market. Compared with other property markets which I have invested into such as Hong Kong, apartments in HCMC have a much lower price and profit margins reach 4%-5%, compared to Hong Kong’s 1%-2%.” As an experienced real estate investor, Elena Goh said, “In Hong Kong and Singapore, profit growth of luxury properties tend to be stable. I believe that profits from real estate projects in HCMC, which is an … [Read more...] about Who are the owners of luxury apartments in District 1?
By Hung Le  November 23, 2018 | 03:48 pm GMT+7 HCMC will not approve construction of new high-rise apartments in inner city areas (District 1 and 3) until 2020. Photo to by Shutterstock/De Visu The Ho Chi Minh City administration has decided that no high-rise apartment projects in the dowtown will be approved until 2020. Instead, priority will be given to repair and renovation of old apartment buildings. According to the housing development plan for 2016-2020 with orientation until 2025, that was approved by the HCMC People’s Committee on November 19, the city will not approve construction of new high-rise apartments in inner city areas (District 1 and 3) until 2020. Projects already approved and under construction will continue as usual. The city will also prioritize projects repairing or renovating 50 percent of 474 old apartment complexes constructed before 1975. It will continue to relocate households living along canals; construct new or renovate old, … [Read more...] about No high-rise apartment projects in downtown HCMC until 2020