This is the weekly news wrap, featuring the latest real estate stories from Hong Kong. Whether your interest lies in industrial, retail, office real estate or asset investments, we have got the news that matters, covered. 

Would-Be Buyers Take Heart as Hong Kong Property Market Finally Begins to Cool
Potential homebuyers priced out of Hong Kong’s stratospheric property market may now feel more hopeful as housing prices finally begin to cool after a bullish stampede lasting more than two years. Prices for private homes in Hong Kong eased for the second straight month in September, dipping 1.4 percent from August, after more than doubling in price over the past decade fuelled by ultra-low interest rates, limited housing supply and large capital flows from mainland Chinese buyers.

Hong Kong Property Developer Sino Land’s Sandbox to Let Start-Ups Try and Test Out Innovations for Real World Use
South China Morning Post
Property developer Sino Land has launched an innovation lab that will allow start-ups to showcase and test out how their solutions could be used in the real world. The 3,000 square feet Sino Inno Lab in Kwun Tong was “part incubator and part accelerator” for start-ups in proptech, artificial intelligence, big data, robotics and environmental technology, allowing them to see how their innovations could work with other technologies and in real life applications, said Andrew Young, associate director for innovation at Sino Group.

Lessons From a Top Woman in Hong Kong's Male Property World
Ada Wong Ka Ki is a woman squarely in a man’s world. At 37, she’s the only female CEO of a major Hong Kong-listed real estate company who doesn’t have any family ties with the owner or management. As the chief executive officer of Champion REIT, she manages property worth $10 billion and a portfolio that spans grade A office towers from Mongkok to Central.

Chinese Investors Turn to Property Markets in Southeast Asia, As Western Markets Impose Capital Curbs
South China Morning Post
Cashed up Chinese homebuyers are shifting their attention to emerging markets in the search for property bargains, reflecting a strategy U-turn as traditional western markets have initiated foreign investment curbs. The change comes after the introduction of various measures in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK aimed at curbing foreign inflows of capital, as a way to cool runaway property prices, analysts said.

China's Home Prices Gather Pace But Speed Bumps Seen Ahead
China’s new home prices picked up slightly in October, led by sustained gains in smaller cities and suggesting a key driver of economic growth remained resilient, although investor caution points to moderation heading into 2019. Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 1.0 percent in October from a month earlier, a touch higher than the previous month’s reading of 0.9 percent, according to Reuters calculations based on an official survey on Thursday.

China’s Housing Market Heading for ‘Year of Recession’, Says CICC
Bearish calls for China’s housing market, a key driver of the world’s second-largest economy, are multiplying as the government maintains home-purchase restrictions. CICC calls 2019 the “year of recession” for real estate, with sales to fall for the first time in five years. S&P said some developers could be dragged down in a sliding sector, calling their financing landscape “the most unfavorable in years.”

CBRE in the News

E-commerce Boom Fuels Warehouse Wars
Hong Kong Business
Features Samuel Lai, Senior Director, Advisory & Transaction Services – Industrial & Logistics, CBRE Hong Kong

Singapore Co-Working Operator The Great Room Makes Hong Kong Debut at One Taikoo Place 
Hong Kong Economic Times (Chinese only)
Features Dane Moodie, Director, Advisory & Transaction Services – Office, CBRE Hong Kong

Link Reit Looks to Property Bargains in Hong Kong and China As Credit Squeeze Begins
South China Morning Post
Features CBRE