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  • Ombudsman Urges Indonesian Consumers Not to Buy Meikarta Property

    Ombudsman Urges Indonesian Consumers Not to Buy Meikarta Property

    The Lippo Group continues to aggressively promote its ambitious Meikarta project in Indonesian media and in various strategic locations. In fact, the group claims that pre-sales of apartment units has already reached 130,000 per August 2017, an impressive number. However, the project is controversial because the developer reportedly did not obtain all necessary permits and land that is required to construct the integrated township.

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  • Property Market of Indonesia: Batam & Medan Promising

    Property Market of Indonesia: Batam & Medan Promising

    As the property market in Jakarta and surrounding cities remains bleak, Indonesian property developers are eager to expand in the regions outside of the island of Java. Two examples are Batam, an island located not far from Singapore that is equipped with booming urban and industrial zones, and Medan, the biggest city on Sumatra.

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  • Property in Indonesia: Meikarta's Land Acquisition at 16.8%

    Property in Indonesia: Meikarta's Land Acquisition at 16.8%

    So far the Lippo Group only managed to acquire 16.8% of the total land that is required to develop the ambitious Meikarta township project. Meikarta is designed to become a full-fledged township, equipped with high-class and modern residential, commercial, industrial, cultural and educational centers, located on a 500-hectare plot of land 34 kilometers to the east of Jakarta, including 100 hectares of open green space, 250,000 units of prime residential property, and 1,500,000 m2 of prime commercial space.

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  • Investment Climate Property Development: Tough Permit Process

    Investment Climate Property Development: Tough Permit Process

    The Indonesian government aims to provide affordable housing for the nation's poorer (low-income) households through the One Million Houses program, a program that was launched in mid-2015 by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. However, property developers complain that in most regions it is tough to obtain all necessary permits to construct the houses.

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  • Indonesia's One Million Houses Program on Schedule in 2017

    Indonesia's One Million Houses Program on Schedule in 2017

    So far this year Indonesia's "One Million Houses Program" is well on its way. Based on information from Indonesia's Public Works and Housing Ministry a total of 499,702 houses were constructed under the program in the first half of 2017, achieving 49.9 percent of the full-year target.

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  • Meikarta, One of Indonesia's Troubled Property Projects?

    Meikarta, One of Indonesia's Troubled Property Projects

    Although in local media Indonesian property developer Lippo Cikarang is aggressively advertising its ambitious Meikarta project to the consumer, there is uncertainty whether the developer indeed collected all necessary permits required to construct the new township. Meikarta is marketed as a 500-hectare property development project with 100 hectares of open green space, 250,000 units of prime residential property, and 1,500,000 m2 of prime commercial space.

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  • Property Sector Indonesia: Mortgage Growth Remains Bleak

    Property Sector Indonesia: Mortgage Growth Remains Bleak

    The property sector of Indonesia remains somewhat depressed. This is reflected by sluggish demand for house ownership credit (in Indonesian: kredit pemilikan rumah, abbreviated as KPR) and apartment ownership credit (kredit pemilikan apartment, or KPA) so far this year. According to data from Indonesia's central bank (Bank Indonesia) KPR and KPA credit disbursement growth stood at 7.7 percent on a year-on-year (y/y) basis in May 2017, slowing from a 7.8 percent (y/y) growth pace in the preceding month.

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  • Indonesia Abroad: Sinarmas Land Expanding its Property in London

    Indonesia Abroad: Sinarmas Land Expanding its Property in London

    Real estate development company Sinarmas Land Ltd, a unit within the Sinar Mas Group, purchased a big office building in Central London for the price of nearly USD $269 million. Sinar Mas Land Ltd, headquartered and listed in Singapore, is engaged in the property business through its operations in primarily Indonesia, China, Malaysia and Singapore.

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  • Property in Indonesia: Investment in Homestays & Houses in Yogyakarta

    Property in Indonesia: Investment in Homestays & Houses in Yogyakarta

    Investment in homestays as well as the value of houses in Yogyakarta have risen significantly after local authorities implemented a moratorium on new hotel development (effective since Jan. 1, 2014 and will last until at least 1 Jan. 2018). The city and province of Yogyakarta, located in the center of Indonesia's Java island, are important tourist destinations. Moreover the city of Yogyakarta is a key student city. Therefore, demand for houses in Yogya (used for the homestay or student accommodation business) has grown.

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  • Q1 Earnings Indonesia's Property & Industrial Estate Firms Remain Weak

    Q1 Earnings Indonesia's Property & Industrial Estate Firms Remain Weak

    The performance of those Indonesian property companies and industrial estate managers that are listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange is not very encouraging so far this year. When we take a look at the corporate earnings of 17 listed property firm and industrial estate managers, then we see a combined 37.6 percent year-on-year (y/y) fall in net profit in the first quarter of 2017 (from their net profit in the same quarter one year ago). Meanwhile, their combined revenue fell 0.6 percent (y/y) in Q1-2017.

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Latest Columns Property

  • Indonesian Property Companies in Focus: Ciputra Development

    Indonesian Property Companies in Focus: Ciputra Development

    Ciputra Development, one of Indonesia's leading property companies with 75 projects spread across 33 cities, is increasingly focused on diversifying its portfolio outside the island of Java. The company has expanded to Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi as it wants to "bet on more than one horse" to improve its corporate earnings.

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  • Fierce Battle for Market Share in Indonesia's Cement Sector

    Fierce Battle for Market Share in Indonesia's Cement Sector

    For Indonesian cement producers it is vital to maintain their market share amid ongoing difficult times. With Indonesia's total installed annual cement production capacity now being around 100 million tons, while domestic demand is only expected to reach 65 million in 2017, cement players are facing weak prices amid a big oversupply, while foreign demand for Indonesian cement is yet to grow. Meanwhile, due to the arrival of various new cement players in Indonesia in recent years, competition for market share has become increasingly fierce.

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  • Property in Indonesia: East Jakarta & Surabaya New Growth Centers?

    Property in Indonesia: East Jakarta & Surabaya New Growth Centers?

    So far East Jakarta has been left behind in terms of property development in the capital city of Indonesia. For many decades Central and South Jakarta have seen the construction of many residential property and office tower projects. Recently, West Jakarta experienced a major surge in property development. Few investors, however, dared to develop projects in East Jakarta as demand from the (upper) middle class and elite for property or offices in East Jakarta has been low.

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  • Tax Amnesty Funds Yet to Impact on Indonesia's Property Sector

    Tax Amnesty Funds Yet to Impact on Indonesia's Property Sector

    The tax amnesty program of Indonesia is yet to have an impact on Indonesia's property sector. Earlier, analysts and stakeholders expected part of the asset repatriations into Indonesia (under the government's tax amnesty program) to flow to property, either property ownership or property development projects. Although tax declarations and additional government revenue under the amnesty program were a success, the repatriation of assets that were stashed overseas has been weak. However, some stakeholders are optimistic that repatriated funds will flow to Indonesia's residential property in Q2-2017.

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  • Office Space in Jakarta: Time for Offering Discounts & Promotion

    Office Space in Jakarta: Time for Offering Discounts & Promotion

    Having an office in the center of Jakarta is usually an ambition of foreign and local businessmen in Indonesia. An office in Jakarta's Central Business District, the heart of the capital, is a strategic location (located close to the headquarters of numerous other companies that are active in Indonesia) and it adds a certain status to your company even though you will have to battle severe traffic congestion each time you visit or leave the office (but it is fair to say that also in the other parts of Jakarta traffic is immense).

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  • Foreign Investment in Property Sector of Indonesia Rose in 2016

    Foreign Investment in Property Sector of Indonesia Rose in 2016

    The year 2016 was a good one in terms of foreign investment in Jakarta's residential property sector even though Indonesia's property market remained sluggish. Various foreign property developers - including China's state-owned China Communications Construction Group (CCCG), Japanese firms Mitsubishi Corporation and Tokyu Land Corporation as well as Hong Kong's HongKong Land and Malaysia's Sime Darby Group - announced to engage in big property projects (in and around the capital city of Jakarta) that have a combined value of USD $2.8 billion.

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  • Property Development Indonesia: West Jakarta Gaining Popularity

    Property Development Indonesia: West Jakarta Gaining Popularity

    When walking around the Taman Anggrek Mall and Central Park Mall in West Jakarta, you will see several big property projects being built: a new mall (Neo Soho Mall), apartment complexes (Neo Soho Apartments and Taman Anggrek Residences) and a new office tower (Soho Capital). In terms of property development in Indonesia, West Jakarta now seems developers' favorite location. Hari Raharta, Secretary-General of the Indonesian Real Estate Developers Association (REI), informed, however, West Jakarta has seen solid property development since the opening of the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road back in 1984.

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  • Indonesian Property Companies in Focus: Alam Sutera Realty

    Indonesian Property Companies in Focus: Alam Sutera Realty

    Alam Sutera Realty, an Indonesia-based real estate development company, is plagued by overall declining growth in Indonesia's property sector. In the first half of 2016 Alam Sutera recorded IDR 966.5 billion (approx. USD $74 million) in pre-sales, only 19.3 percent of the company's full-year target. What are the strategies of this company to combat the slowdown?

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  • Indonesian Financial Institutions in Focus: Bank Tabungan Negara

    Indonesian Financial Institutions in Focus: Bank Tabungan Negara

    Indonesian listed financial institution Bank Tabungan Negara should benefit from the government's Housing Loan Liquidity Facility (in Indonesian: Fasilitas Likuiditas Pembiayaan Perumahan, or FLPP), a government-subsidized mortgage program for those low-income citizens who have never bought a house before. This scheme should boost House Ownership Credit (Kredit Pemilikan Rumah, or KPR) in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Good news for Bank Tabungan Negara, which is the market leader in Indonesia's mortgage loans sector.

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  • Indonesian Property Developers in Focus: Surya Semesta Internusa

    Indonesian Property Developers in Focus: Surya Semesta Internusa

    Indonesian listed property developer Surya Semesta Internusa is experiencing difficult times. The firm's three main business segments - construction, property and hospitality - are all under pressure. In the first six months of 2016 net profit of the developer plunged 64.3% (y/y) to IDR 91.5 billion (approx. USD $7 million), far below analysts' forecasts. The decline was mainly caused by a fall in its net revenue. Net revenue of Surya Semesta Internusa fell 16.6 percent (y/y) to IDR 2.08 trillion (approx. USD $159 million).

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