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Fast-growing international property website Lamudi has more than doubled its listings in just six months. The real estate network, which specializes in emerging nations, began a year ago with 16 countries and now covers 28 nations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Oct 22

A major Chinese overseas property and immigration show is expected to attract record numbers of foreign exhibitors, says the organizer. The 7th Shanghai Overseas Property & Immigration & Investment Exhibition (OPI) is being held in the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center (SECEC) from Sept. 5-7 and comes as debate rages in China over the true extent of outward migration.

Jun 27

An investment company says it is the first brokerage firm to accept bitcoin for London property. Richard Mathieson, managing director at Cai-Capital Ltd., in Gloucestershire, is helping two Hong Kong buyers purchase a £1 million home and a £750,000 flat in London using the digital currency.

Jun 18

Currency and financial experts believe the 0.1 percent cut in the European Central Bank (ECB) benchmark and the historic deposit rate reduction to below zero could weaken the euro, benefiting international homebuyers funding purchases of eurozone properties using other currencies like the dollar, yen and renminbi.

Jun 6

Top Chinese language property website Juwai.com has redesigned its website — by using feng shui principles.

Juwai.com says its new site at www.juwai.com, which has just been launched, benefits from feng shui to make it even more effective and uses bright, clean design with no “multimedia gimmicks.”

Jun 5

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering and financing of terrorist groups — is carrying out a sector-by-sector review, with updated guidance on how the real estate sector should act expected in the months ahead. The International Consortium of Real Estate Associations argues that agents shouldn’t have to do ‘due diligence’ reviews for parties they don’t represent.

May 23

An international real estate brand consultancy has put together a list of do’s and don’ts on taking Realtor head-and-shoulders photos.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel, managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, based in California, say the key is to “smile with your eyes,” which are the window of the soul.

May 21

Known as a nation of renters, only around 43 percent of those living in Germany own their property, but the number is slowly increasing.

The Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (IW) has conducted a five-year analysis of all 402 counties and cities in the country to find out where it’s worth it to buy property.

May 16