House Prices in Africa

While overall house price growth has been subdued, there are pockets of growth present in the market, specifically in the affordable and mid-income property segments. Housing prices in these segments have seen year-on-year growth of between 0.8 and 1.2 percent.

Investment in Asia

Cheap capital has become available to a larger portion of the population as they build up wealth, and a demand for housing that exceeds supply jacks up the price of homes on the secondary markets. Governments have an incentive to keep real estate from becoming overheated and leading to inflation, or a burst bubble.


Brazil offers a wide variety of investment opportunities; from cities such as the modern, urban Sao Paulo and the beach resort city of Rio de Janeiro to vast areas of farmland and timberland,

Global Economy

In 2013, world GDP in real terms is projected to be around 10% above its pre-recession peak in 2008 and around 40% above 2000 levels. In 2013, China, India and Brazil will together add around one trillion dollars to the world economy in nominal terms.

World's Best Places to Live

As in previous years, European cities dominate the rankings, snagging 15 of the top 25 slots.

Business Plans and Trends