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Recent industry reports have shown that investors in Hong Kong are focusing on real estate in Southeast Asia. Demand for investment properties remains strong in the sector, with transactions climbing 19% each year to approximately $61 billion in the first half of 2017.

“Bangkok’s property prices are just about a quarter of Hong Kong’s,” explains Gordon Cheung, an investor who recently purchased a property in new project Life Asoke Rama 9 in Bangkok. “The location is also great, at the heart of Bangkok’s central business district near the Chinese embassy,” he added.

AP (Thailand) and Mitsubishi Estate Group’s development, which has 154 units for Hong Kong investors, sold more than 95% in its first two days on the market.

According to Vittakarn Chandavimol, AP’s chief condominium officer, “foreign buyers of Thai properties mostly want a stable rental income, unlike those who buy properties in Western countries for their Children’s education. Average rental yield of Bangkok’s property is 5.15 per cent. As only 49 per cent of flats can be sold to foreign buyers, the supply to each market is limited.”

Chandavimol explained the difficulties in breaking in the Chinese market. “Chinese citizens are limited to exporting $50,000 per person, per year. But buyers can split payments, not to mention the fact that a lot of flats are cheaper than that. Prices of high-floor studios on this project start at HK$670,000.”

“Despite capital controls, we expect continued Chinese interest in APAC gateway cities in the near term,” he said. “Thereafter we foresee material Chinese investment in Belt and Road markets in Southeast Asia. This should be a long-term trend.”

The Asia-Pacific leader of Blackstone Group L.P. recently announced that the firm views China and Southeast Asia as the top two hot spots for Asian investments next year.

“Certainly China will remain a core focus for us. We are long-term very bullish about China,’ said Michael Chae. “Southeast Asia, and Indonesia in particular, we also think it quite interesting.”

He went on the add that Asia is still strongly tied with the West, and that volatility in both global and Asian markets is impacting investment moves now, and will continue to do so throughout 2012.

“There’s an above-average level of uncertainty around macro conditions in this region and globally, which makes it a really intellectually interesting time to be alive and to be investing,” Chae said.

Investments in growth markets such as China focuses on consumption, he said. Blackstone, therefore, will put an emphasis on consumer retail, healthcare and healthcare products, leisure and pharmaceuticals.

“In China and some of the other emerging markets in Asia, this is sort of a truism by now for investors, domestic consumption growth, growth of the middle class and urbanization themes,” he said.