Real Estate

German real estate developer ECE shuts down Ukraine operation

German real estate developer ECE shuts down Ukraine operation Kiev  - The German real estate developer ECE Projektmanagement on Tuesday announced it was shutting down its operation in the former Soviet republic Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported.

ECE Ukraine, the branch office of the Hamburg-headquartered company, will close its doors for good by March's end with all staff sacked, according to the report.

The company was freezing all operations in Ukraine for the "indefinite future", according to a statement.

Housing Market Witnesses a Slump

Housing Market Witnesses a Slump On Wednesday, Statistics Canada reported that Contractors' selling prices for new homes decreased by 0.6 per cent between December and January.

The largest decreases were noticed in the cities of Western Canada. The rate of decrease in January was somewhat faster than the 0.1 per cent drop registered in the preceding month. At that time the prices dropped 2.8 per cent in Edmonton, 2.1 per cent in Calgary, 1.1 per cent in Victoria and 0.7 per cent in Vancouver.

Home foreclosures rise in February despite moratoriums

Home foreclosures rise in February despite moratoriums Washington  - The number of US households in some stage of foreclosure rose nearly 30 per cent in February from a year earlier despite government efforts aimed at keeping people in their homes, according to data released Thursday.

Foreclosures rose 6 per cent from January with 290,631 properties - one in every 440 homes - having received notice from their banks or being in some stage of the foreclosure process in February, industry tracker RealtyTrac said in a monthly report.

US mortgage defaults reach record high

US mortgage defaults reach record highWashington  - Lenders are taking back homes in the United States at a record pace as families can't afford mortgage payments, according to an industry report Thursday indicating the country's housing crisis deepened further at the end of last year.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said 3.3 per cent of all mortgage-holders were in foreclosure at the end of 2008 - up 126 per cent from a year ago - and 7.88 per cent were behind on at least one monthly payment.

Both numbers were the highest ever recorded since MBA's records began in 1972.

Parsvnath Developers launches ‘Affordable Residential Project’ in Lucknow

Parsvnath Developers launches ‘Affordable Residential Project’ in LucknowParsvnath Developers Limited (PDL), a New Delhi-based real estate developer, has notified that it has finally launched Parsvnath Royale Floors, an affordable residential project as part of its integrated township plans in Lucknow.

Under the latest project, the company offers 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units in a price range of Rs 13.95 lakh to Rs 27.50 lakh.

DLF demands refunds for stalled projects

DLF demands refunds for stalled projectsReal estate developer DLF Ltd, which has paid large advance payments to various governments for townships and commercial projects, is now looking for refunds as the projects are not moving at the expected pace.

The refunds, which could run into thousands of crores of rupees, could help the developer pay off its outstanding debt and execute existing and new projects.

In February, the Haryana government refunded over Rs 200 crore of license fees to DLF as its commercial projects were road blocked due to slow execution by the government authorities.

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