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Asian Property Statistics Source

(June 2018 Update)

Comparative Statistics Source from
Asian Property Statistics Guide

to Assist Your Decision-Making

Asia: Square meter prices, premier city center, US$.

Average per square meter (sq. m.) prices in US$/€ of 120-sq. m. apartments located in the center of the most important city of each country, either the:

Administrative capital; and/or Financial capital; and/or The center of the rental market (according to Global Property Guide)

Square Meter Prices (USD)
Hong Kong $ 26,325
Japan $ 16,322
India $ 15,525
Singapore $ 13,748
China $ 11,829
Taiwan $ 7,112
Thailand $ 3,952
Philippines $ 3,952
Malaysia $ 3,441
Cambodia $ 2,913
Indonesia $ 2,889

Asia: Gross rental yields (%).

The gross annual rental income, expressed as a percentage of property purchase price. This is what a landlord can expect as return on his investment before taxes, maintenance fees and other costs. (according to Global Property Guide)

Rental Yields
Indonesia 8.61%
Philippines 6.13%
Cambodia 5.33%
Thailand 5.13%
Malaysia 3.72%
Japan 2.66%
Hong Kong 2.62%
Singapore 2.54%
China 2.10%
Taiwan 1.57%

Asia: Rents in USD

Asia has surprisingly good house price statistics, though the quality varies greatly. The ex-British colonies tend to have good house price statistics Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia all have excellent houses price time series. (according to Global Property Guide)

Hong Kong $7,470
Japan $4,346
Singapore $3,498
South Korea $2,778
Indonesia $2,486
China $2,479
Philippines $2,422
India $2,275
Thailand $2,029
Cambodia $1,553
Malaysia $1,281
Vietnam $1,148
Taiwan $1,117

Asia: Price/rent ratio

This ratio is typically used for measuring undervaluation/overvaluation of real estate prices, calculated by dividing the gross rental yield by 100 so the higher the yield, the lower the price/rent ratio. (according to Global Property Guide)

Price/Rent Ratio
Taiwan 64 yrs
China 48 yrs
Singapore 39 yrs
Hong Kong 38 yrs
Japan 38 yrs
Malaysia 27 yrs
Thailand 19 yrs
Cambodia 19 yrs
Philippines 16 yrs
Indonesia 12 yrs

Asia: House price to income ratio

The house price to income ratio is the ratio of the cost of a typical upscale housing unit of 100 square meters, compared to the countrys GDP per capita. Normally this ratio will be much higher in low income countries than in high income countries. (according to Global Property Guide)

Price/GDP per Cap
India 891.22x
Cambodia 227.93x
China 145.62x
Philippines 135.02x
Indonesia 80.16x
Thailand 66.96x
Hong Kong 60.43x
Japan 41.98x
Malaysia 36.71x
Taiwan 31.61x
Singapore 25.96x


Asia: Round trip transaction costs (%).

The total cost of buying and then re-selling a residential property, including all costs (except the sale price itself), expressed as percentage of the property value.

Transaction costs can be broken down into four major cost areas: Registration costs, Real estate agent fees, Legal fees, Sales and transfer taxes and does NOT include other incidental costs such as survey fees, residency permit cost, or company setup costs. (according to Global Property Guide)

Buy/Sell Costs
Sri Lanka 107.60%
Hong Kong 34.11%
Macau 27.60%
South Korea 23.98%
Singapore 23.95%
Indonesia 17.20%
Japan 13.36%
India 11.88%
Georgia 11.80%
Thailand 10.90%
Taiwan 9.93%
Philippines 8.63%
Pakistan 8.00%
Cambodia 7.70%
Bangladesh 6.50%
Mongolia 6.05%
Vietnam 5.57%
China 5.35%
Malaysia 5.18%
Myanmar 5.00%
Nepal 2.78%

Asia: Rental income taxes (%).

The tax levied on the average annual income on a rental apartment/property in the country. (according to Global Property Guide)

Bangladesh 30.00%
Nepal 25.00%
Taiwan 25.00%
Malaysia 22.40%
Vietnam 20.00%
Uzbekistan 20.00%
Indonesia 20.00%
Singapore 15.13%
Kazakhstan 15.00%
Sri Lanka 14.81%
Cambodia 14.00%
Azerbaijan 14.00%
Pakistan 11.40%
Hong Kong 11.40%
Mongolia 10.00%
Macau 8.76%
India 7.87%
Myanmar 7.50%
Laos 7.50%
Georgia 5.00%
China 5.00%
Philippines 4.06%
Japan 3.40%
Thailand 2.73%
South Korea 0.00%


Asia: Capital gains taxes (%).

This is effective capital gains tax rates by the Global Property Guide with assumptions. (according to Global Property Guide)

South Korea 42.00%
Philippines 32.00%
India 30.00%
Bangladesh 30.00%
Thailand 30.00%
Nepal 25.00%
Azerbaijan 25.00%
Laos 24.00%
Uzbekistan 20.00%
Taiwan 20.00%
Cambodia 20.00%
China 20.00%
Kazakhstan 15.00%
Japan 15.00%
Macau 12.00%
Myanmar 10.00%
Indonesia 5.00%
Georgia 5.00%
Malaysia 5.00%
Mongolia 2.00%
Vietnam 0.10%
Sri Lanka 0.00%
Singapore 0.00%
Hong Kong 0.00%
Pakistan 0.00%


Asia: Price changes, 1 year (%)

The annual (year-on-year) percentage change in house prices (or the house price index) using the latest data available, not adjusted for inflation. (according to Global Property Guide)

Hong Kong 14.79%
Macau 12.10%
Philippines 10.19%
India 8.70%
Malaysia 5.56%
Indonesia 3.32%
Japan 3.28%
South Korea 1.47%
China 1.35%
Vietnam 0.32%
Taiwan 0.23%
Thailand 0.23%
Mongolia -0.20%
Singapore -0.22%

Asia: Price changes, 5 years (%)

The percentage changes in house prices (or the house price index) over 5 years using the latest data available, not adjusted for inflation. (according to Global Property Guide)

China 92.07%
India 76.16%
Macau 70.27%
Philippines 67.26%
Hong Kong 56.11%
Malaysia 48.59%
Indonesia 35.37%
Japan 34.51%
Thailand 19.64%
Taiwan 14.51%
South Korea 6.92%
Vietnam 0.65%
Singapore -7.53%

Asia: Price changes, 10 years (%)

The percentage changes in house prices (or the house price index) over 10 years using the latest data available, not adjusted for inflation. (according to Global Property Guide)

Macau 367.09%
Hong Kong 222.89%
Philippines 114.48%
Taiwan 80.37%
Indonesia 59.00%
Japan 26.36%
South Korea 24.40%
Singapore 20.28%


Asia: Landlord and tenant laws

The amount of control the landlord has over his property, measured on a five-point rating scale:

Strongly Pro-landlord = 2   Pro-landlord = 1   Neutral = 0   Pro-tenant = -1

Strongly Pro-tenant= - 2   (according to Global Property Guide)

Strongly Pro Tenant Pro Tenant Neutral Pro Landlord Strongly Pro Landlord
Hong Kong
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Strongly Pro Tenant Pro Tenant Neutral Pro Landlord Strongly Pro Landlord


Asia: GDP per capita.

The gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is the national output, divided by the population, expressed in U.S dollars per person, for the latest year for which data is published. (according to Global Property Guide)

Macau $69,559
Singapore $52,961
Hong Kong $43,561
Japan $38,883
South Korea $27,535
Brunei $26,935
Taiwan $22,497
Maldives $11,984
Malaysia $9,374
China $8,123
Kazakhstan $7,456
Turkmenistan $6,622
Thailand $5,902
Azerbaijan $3,956
Georgia $3,872
Sri Lanka $3,789
Mongolia $3,660
Indonesia $3,604
Armenia $3,533
Philippines $2,927
Bhutan $2,681
Laos $2,394
Timor-Leste $2,230
Vietnam $2,172
Uzbekistan $2,133
India $1,742
Pakistan $1,441
Bangladesh $1,414
Cambodia $1,278
Myanmar $1,232
Kyrgyztan $1,073
Tajikistan $800
Nepal $733
Afghanistan $582

Asia: GDP per capita growth, 1 year (%).

The percentage change in real GDP per capita for the latest year for which data is published. (according to Global Property Guide)

Uzbekistan 6.52%
Bangladesh 6.08%
China 6.08%
India 5.72%
Laos 5.50%
Cambodia 5.46%
Myanmar 5.29%
Vietnam 5.09%
Philippines 4.83%
Turkmenistan 4.75%
Tajikistan 4.70%
Bhutan 4.54%
Indonesia 3.70%
Sri Lanka 3.67%
Georgia 3.28%
Thailand 3.02%
Malaysia 2.75%
Pakistan 2.51%
South Korea 2.36%
Kyrgyztan 2.28%
Maldives 2.19%
Taiwan 1.27%
Hong Kong 1.25%
Japan 1.05%
Singapore 0.68%
Armenia 0.18%
Kazakhstan -0.36%
Mongolia -0.52%
Nepal -0.77%
Macau -1.85%
Afghanistan -1.90%
Brunei -3.85%
Azerbaijan -3.87%
Timor-Leste -10.25%

Asia: GDP/cap growth, 5 years (%).

The percentage change in GDP per capita for the latest 5 years for which data is published. (according to Global Property Guide)

Turkmenistan 30.15%
China 29.20%
Uzbekistan 29.00%
Myanmar 28.58%
Laos 25.90%
India 25.57%
Cambodia 24.37%
Bangladesh 23.61%
Vietnam 21.29%
Tajikistan 19.49%
Philippines 19.38%
Georgia 18.52%
Mongolia 17.30%
Indonesia 15.81%
Maldives 15.69%
Sri Lanka 15.44%
Kyrgyztan 14.87%
Bhutan 13.85%
Malaysia 13.33%
South Korea 10.10%
Armenia 9.95%
Pakistan 9.53%
Nepal 9.14%
Thailand 8.54%
Hong Kong 7.76%
Taiwan 7.63%
Singapore 7.12%
Kazakhstan 6.68%
Japan 5.04%
Azerbaijan 2.61%
Afghanistan 0.51%
Brunei  -12.43%
Macau  -23.87%
Timor-Leste  -33.53%


Asia: Economic freedom rating

Scores are from 0 to 100, higher scores are more desirable i.e. more conducive to economic growth. The lower the score, the greater the level of government interference in the economy and the less economic freedom a country enjoys. (according to Global Property Guide)


Hong Kong 89.82
Singapore 88.58
Taiwan 76.51
Georgia 75.99
South Korea 74.26
Malaysia 73.78
Macau 70.67
Armenia 70.31
Brunei 69.77
Japan 69.58
Kazakhstan 68.99
Thailand 66.22
Philippines 65.61
Azerbaijan 63.60
Indonesia 61.94
Kyrgyztan 61.13
Cambodia 59.52
Bhutan 58.45
Tajikistan 58.17
China 57.40
Sri Lanka 57.39
Nepal 55.11
Bangladesh 54.98
Mongolia 54.76
Laos 54.01
Pakistan 52.83
India 52.64
Vietnam 52.44
Uzbekistan 52.26
Maldives 50.29
Afghanistan 48.89
Turkmenistan 47.37
Timor-Leste 46.27
North Korea 4.92
Repressed               0 - 49.9
Mostly Unfree         50 - 59.9
Moderately Free    60 - 69.9
Mostly Free            70 - 79.9
Free                        80 - 100


Asia: Economic freedom index, 5-year change

Increased economic freedom is strongly associated with high GDP growth, and therefore with rises in residential property prices. (according to Global Property Guide)

North Korea 391.67%
Philippines 14.90%
Uzbekistan 14.11%
China 12.12%
Malaysia 11.11%
Indonesia 9.82%
Nepal 9.78%
Georgia 9.49%
Tajikistan 8.93%
Kazakhstan 8.47%
Turkmenistan 8.14%
Laos 8.02%
Azerbaijan 7.98%
Timor-Leste 6.85%
Taiwan 6.41%
South Korea 6.24%
Bangladesh 3.35%
Cambodia 3.33%
Bhutan 3.26%
Vietnam 2.22%
Maldives 2.22%
Armenia 2.19%
Thailand 2.03%
Kyrgyztan 1.54%
Singapore 1.23%
Hong Kong -0.09%
Sri Lanka -1.55%
Macau -1.57%
Japan -2.82%
Pakistan -3.43%
India -3.59%
Mongolia -10.96%

Unchanged                0
Worse                       (-10)
Much Worse             (-10) +
Improved                   (0 - 10)
Greatly Improved     10 +

Asia: Economic growth competiveness index

The Growth Competitiveness Index (GCI), aims to quantify the quality of the macroeconomic environment, the state of a country's public institutions, and its level of technological readiness. (according to Global Property Guide)

Singapore 5.70
Hong Kong 5.50
Japan 5.50
Taiwan 5.30
Malaysia 5.20
South Korea 5.10
China 5.00
Azerbaijan 4.70
Thailand 4.70
Indonesia 4.70
India 4.60
Brunei 4.50
Philippines 4.40
Vietnam 4.40
Georgia 4.30
Kazakhstan 4.30
Armenia 4.20
Sri Lanka 4.10
Tajikistan 4.10
Bhutan 4.10
Nepal 4.00
Laos 3.90
Kyrgyztan 3.90
Cambodia 3.90
Mongolia 3.90
Bangladesh 3.90
Pakistan 3.70
Very Low        0 - 3.00
Low                 3.01 - 3.50
Moderate       3.51 - 4.50
High                4.51 - 5.50
Very High       5.51 - 7


Asia: Property rights index

A subcomponent of the Index of Economic Freedom, the property rights index measures the degree to which a country's laws protect private property rights, and the degree to which its government enforces those laws.

Higher scores are more desirable, i.e. property rights are better protected. Scores are from 0 to 100. (according to Global Property Guide)

Singapore 97
Hong Kong 94
Japan 89
Taiwan 86
Malaysia 85
South Korea 78
Brunei 63
Bhutan 60
Macau 60
Kazakhstan 56
Armenia 55
India 55
Georgia 55
Mongolia 51
Thailand 51
Kyrgyztan 51
Azerbaijan 50
Vietnam 50
Philippines 49
China 48
Indonesia 48
Sri Lanka 48
Uzbekistan 48
Tajikistan 45
Maldives 45
Cambodia 42
Nepal 37
Pakistan 36
Laos 35
Bangladesh 35
North Korea 32
Turkmenistan 32
Afghanistan 13
Timor-Leste 7

Asia: Currency +/- valuation index

This is a cost of living indicator. The figure shows how much how much a bundle of goods and services costing US$1 in the US would cost in other countries (similar to The Economist's Big Mac Index). (according to Global Property Guide)

Japan $ 0.90
South Korea $ 0.75
Hong Kong $ 0.74
Macau $ 0.70
Maldives $ 0.66
Singapore $ 0.59
China $ 0.52
Taiwan $ 0.49
Timor-Leste $ 0.44
Armenia $ 0.41
Turkmenistan $ 0.40
Georgia $ 0.39
Philippines $ 0.37
Brunei $ 0.36
Thailand $ 0.36
Bangladesh $ 0.36
Cambodia $ 0.35
Laos $ 0.35
Vietnam $ 0.34
Bhutan $ 0.33
Malaysia $ 0.33
Kazakhstan $ 0.33
Kyrgyztan $ 0.31
Nepal $ 0.31
Indonesia $ 0.31
Uzbekistan $ 0.30
Afghanistan $ 0.30
Sri Lanka $ 0.30
Mongolia $ 0.28
India $ 0.26
Tajikistan $ 0.26
Azerbaijan $ 0.24
Myanmar $ 0.20


Asia: Taxes on residents

The percentage of gross earnings given up in tax, including any social security contributions. Calculated for a single worker without children, earning 100 % of the average wage, for selected OECD countries. (according to Global Property Guide)

Uzbekistan 6.52%
Bangladesh 6.08%
China 6.08%
India 5.72%
Laos 5.50%
Cambodia 5.46%
Myanmar 5.29%
Vietnam 5.09%
Philippines 4.83%
Turkmenistan 4.75%
Tajikistan 4.70%
Bhutan 4.54%
Indonesia 3.70%
Sri Lanka 3.67%
Georgia 3.28%
Thailand 3.02%
Malaysia 2.75%
Pakistan 2.51%
South Korea 2.36%
Kyrgyztan 2.28%
Maldives 2.19%
Taiwan 1.27%
Hong Kong 1.25%
Japan 1.05%
Singapore 0.68%
Armenia 0.18%
Kazakhstan -0.36%
Mongolia -0.52%
Nepal -0.77%
Macau -1.85%
Afghanistan -1.90%
Brunei -3.85%
Azerbaijan -3.87%
Timor-Leste -10.25%

Malaysian Governance 2018 Onwards

Newly Elected Government with New Life in May 9, 2018; In Peaceful Transition to New Malaysia from a Debt-Driven Near Failed State to a Successful State and is Predicted to Stabilize Gradually over the Years; Known to actively Work Towards a Non-Corrupt, Non-Race Divisive, More Effective and Efficient Non-Wasting and  Non-Kleptocratic Governance with Greater Fairness,  Democracy and People-Focused  but Not-Amounting  to a Welfare State

These Essential Highlights favor future genuine investment Without-Quotation-Mark both ways!

Genuine vs Speculative Investment

Although speculative property investment at Iskandar Malaysia is marginally promising, a foothold on such unique and strategically located property long-term as  Malaysia My Second Home (MMH2) would open up much business opportunities at comparatively and reasonably low costs of living and costs of business operation.  That is why, from a long-term genuine investment (not speculative) point of view, the Iskandar property is still a good option to choose from.
Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)

No government will be stupid enough NOT to attract high-value investors to help grow their own economy!  Foreign investors in the Iskandar Malaysia projects enjoy the prospect of getting a Malaysian MM2H green card making 'Malaysia My Second Home' an additional haven a reality, which was touted as the Malaysian equivalent  of the US green card, which grants the holder permanent resident status.  However, high-valued foreign investors might opt for Malaysian citizenship provided comparative benefits justify it.

A Special Economic Corridor (SEC) of the Southern Region of Johor

It is Malaysia's Grand Strategy to attract foreign investment to this Special Economic Zone to  stimulate economic growth and modernization of Malaysia.  Like many other special economic zones which have been successful in other countries, this Malaysia's 'Shenzhen' is the much needed one.  The  economic growth plan consists of 2 components, namely a Strategic Economic Thrust for immediate implementation and a Future Growth Scenario (2005-2025) for long-term application.

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