Real Estate

Forbes  41 min ago  Comment 
After nearly two months of detention, a billionaire real estate developer that ranked No. 21 on last month’s new Forbes Taiwan Rich List has been released on bail by the Taipei District Court but charged with bribery and ordered to stay at home.  4 hrs ago  Comment 
The two biggest names in online house hunting -- Zillow and Trulia -- may be teaming up, a pairing that is making some real estate brokers nervous.
SeekingAlpha  6 hrs ago  Comment 
By Stephen Simpson, CFA: iStar Financial (NYSE:STAR) is not a stock for beginners or casual investors. Its combination of real estate lending, net leasing, operating properties, and land development makes it a complex hybrid that incorporates...
SeekingAlpha  8 hrs ago  Comment 
By Anthony Fernandez: Yesterday, June 24th, US Census data was released which revealed that the housing market is much weaker than previous estimates had assumed. The sale of new single-family homes was 8.1% below the May estimate. Housing sales...
Forbes  11 hrs ago  Comment 
New York has indicated that it has hundreds of open field audit cases of partnerships that have allegedly failed to properly report taxable gain, yet not one audit of a real estate tax partnership has reached the State Division of Tax Appeals. Is...
Yahoo  Jul 25  Comment 
Las Vegas housing is in a transition, back to a market of more traditional, owner-occupant sales.
The Economic Times  Jul 25  Comment 
Investments made in the real estate and equities have given the highest returns of up to 20 per cent to investors in the last two decades, says a study.  Jul 25  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty Plc. (BBY.L) Friday said it has been awarded a $136 million contract to build a prestigious and environmentally responsible office complex in the heart of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The...  Jul 25  Comment 
TOKYO (dpa-AFX) - Corporate service prices in Japan were up 3.6 percent on year in June, the Bank of Japan said on Friday - unchanged and in line with expectations. On a monthly basis, prices were up 0.1 percent after adding 0.2 percent in...
Forbes  Jul 24  Comment 
When in 1997 Singapore entrepreneur Zhong Sheng Jian’s Yanlord Land launched what today is one of his most successful Shanghai residential projects, Yanlord Riverside Gardens, there were hardly any buyers.  “I thought, ‘How could no one...


Real Estate includes land (measured in area), and any residential, commercial property built upon it.

Its value is usually based on the area and individual value of the types of assets (homes, buildings, parks, schools, even office cubicles) that are accommodated in that area along with the immediate surroundings (access to transportation, business opportunities and several other factors).

The term "real estate" refers to the land and fixtures together, as opposed to "real property" which refers to ownership rights of the land and anything affixed to it.

Many laws are based on distinguishing between "real" property (land and anything affixed to it) and "personal" property (everything else, e.g. clothing, furniture, money).

With the legal protection associated with private property ownership, real estate has become a major area of business.

Real estate can be a desirable investment vehicle, however there are risks associated with it which must be thoroughly researched, understood and taken into account. Like any other investment, real estate should not dominate a portfolio.

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