Source: CBRE Research, Real Capital Analytics

Faced with a tepid home property market, Taiwan’s life insurers are increasingly investing in high-yield overseas property. Taiwan’s cash-rich life insurers have scant investment opportunities at home, as yield levels have flagged in recent years amidst an overheated property market and weak rental growth. Insurers are constrained by minimum yield requirements set by the Financial…

Taipei 101, the tallest and largest green building of LEED Platinum certification in the world since 2011. Photo: Romain Pontida

More can be done, say experts, particularly through government incentives, education, and retrofitting old buildings.    Green buildings would seem to be perfect for hot climates. They’re cool (literally) and energy-efficient. They save money and may even contribute to saving the planet. Why then aren’t more of Taiwan’s commercial and domestic buildings green? According to…

View from Taipei 101 summer 2010 shows several major construction projects underway Photo: Lord Koxinga

Tourism from China buoyed Taiwan’s hotel sector during former President Ma Ying-jeou’s eight years in office, spurring hoteliers to refurbish aging properties and add thousands of new rooms to the market. Resilient demand helped hotels post enviable earnings. That golden era ended swiftly with the inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen in May. Irked by Tsai’s…

High transaction costs are affecting foreign investors’ interest in Taiwanese real estate, while Taiwan’s institutional investors are looking abroad. As compared with some major Asian markets, Taiwan’s real estate market has been dominated by domestic investors. While freehold ownership is attractive to foreign investors, the low yield levels and a dearth of investment-grade properties are…