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12/07/2018 - 15:06

Developers look to foreign investors to diversify capital sources

Amid narrowing credit sources and rising lending interest rates, property developers have been diversifying their capital mobilisation channels, including calling for foreign investment.

Real estate ranked second in attracting FDI in the first half of 2018 (Photo: VNA)

In the first half of 2018, real estate ranked second in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) when it received 5.54 billion USD, accounting for 27.3 percent of total investment capital registered for this sector.

Troy Griffiths, Deputy Managing Director of Savills Vietnam, said stable macro-economic development has fuelled the domestic market’s growth and strongly attracted FDI. It is a relatively favourable start for 2018 with promising movements in all real estate segments.

In the stock market, while the benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange has become stagnant recently, some particularly big investments have still been poured into property projects in the near future.

Good governance, improved accounting standard systems and a stable stock market have all helped persuade foreign investors to buy property stocks, he noted, adding that high profitability is also a magnet drawing investors to the Vietnamese market, compared to other markets in the region.

Rea estate developers have been stepping up restructuring, aligning their strategies with the market, and investing in projects with favourable locations and transport infrastructure. They are strongly switching their focus to the affordable segment with prices matching the market demand.

Meanwhile, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are also vibrant in the property sector. FDI poured into the market mainly comes from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan (China), the US, and recently, China.

Le Hoang Chau, Chairman of the HCM City Real Estate Association, said FDI capital, one of the indicators of Vietnam’s economy, has been on the rise in recent years. Real estate often ranks third in FDI attraction, adding an important source of capital for businesses when commercial banks are tightening loans for property projects.

Troy Griffiths said real estate is also attracting domestic investors who want to pour money into housing projects. Additionally, in a period when Vietnam’s tourism is recording spectacular developments, leisure property and hotel projects will continue to have chances to receive more investment./.

VNA

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