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Intense competition awaits in 2018: real-estate experts

Update: December, 28/2017 - 14:00
Local residents visit a real estate expo in Hà Nội. — Photo baomoi
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Next year is likely to be a fiercely competitive one for real-estate companies in HCM City since scores of new projects are set to hit the market, analysts said.

Following a successful 2017, many developers have already announced plans for next year.

Nguyễn Đình Trung, general director of HungThinh Corp, said 2018 plans were discussed and finalised in the middle of the previous year.

He told the Vietnam Investment Review that the plans had acquired dynamism after the company’s 10 mergers and acquisitions in 2017.

The company’s plans include expanding to the north and starting to sell its products in 2018. It opened a representative office in Hà Nội this year.

Vietcomreal said it considered 2018 an important year for its business.

According to the Vietnam Investment Review, the company will increase its land holdings by bidding for properties sold by privatised companies, especially in HCM City.

Phát Đạt Company will sell units in two apartment projects in District 7 and develop the River City.

Singaporean-owned Keppel Land will develop Palm City and The View.

Talking about the market next year Lê Hoàng Châu, chairman of the HCM City Real Estate Association, said next year the market would change to balance demand and supply in the various segments, and become stable, he said.

He predicted there would be intensive investment at the low end, where there is plenty of actual demand for housing.

The city is considering converting one third of all agriculture lands into urban lands to use for industry and services and build the smart urban area, he said.

The market would continue to develop next year thanks to foreign investors and overseas Vietnamese, he added.

Economist Cấn Văn Lực said many new companies in property development and trading were incorporated this year.

Many real estate projects are waiting for licences, and so 2018 could be a tough year for the companies in the sector, he said.

Nguyễn Nam Hiền, general director of HungThinh Land said next year there would also be intense competition between transaction centres because many new ones were established this year. — VNS

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