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CONTENTS Contents Exhibitions - The Newbies (10-11)


Continuing our ‘exhibitions’ theme, this month’s Three Wise (Wo)men have been chosen because they are new to exhibitions. They have either never exhibited before or they have never exhibited in a particular country. They tell you what its like to be a new exhibitor. What were they trying to achieve? What did they learn? What did it cost? Was it worthwhile?


04 EDITORIAL


06-07 NEWS MAP Top ten stories from around the globe


08 NEWS ANALYSIS What’s been happening in the property world


The Return of the Cranes (12-13)


The Cranes are back. After an absence of many years, contacts from all around our world report the return of the cranes: renewed construction activity, renewed confi dence and an upturn in sales. OPP examines the phenomenon and takes a look at some of the places where there is the most activity.


17 FORTHCOMING EVENTS What’s happening in the next few weeks


18 THE OPP AWARDS What the OPP Awards should mean to you


23 TECHNOLOGY How Moodle is taking over the world


24 TRAINING Keeping it simple


Interview: Simon Biltcliff e (20-21)


Meet an inspirational business leader who knows when “enough is enough”. Simon has built a thriving, rapidly growing, multi-million pound business on a combination of quirkyness, Marxism and good old-fashioned common sense. Find out how he did it ... and why his mum would approve.


26 PRINTING How eff ective is print advertising in our industry?


28 LETTERS & BLOGS What the world thinks


34-36 LETTERS FROM OUR EDITORS Catching up with the US and India


50-54 LETTERS FROM..... Our global correspondents keep in touch


Country Report: Singapore (30-33)


This tiny country is hugely important to the international property industry. Per capita, it is probably the most exciting market in the world. Look at the numbers. Find out what makes it tick.


54 NEXT MONTH A quick look at next month’s NEW OPP


59-60 LEGAL ROUNDUP Changes to the law and taxes around the world


62-63 MORTGAGES Germany – who can get a mortgage and how?


Wish You Had Been There PLUS? (38-48)


At the end of the spring exhibition season, we present a bumper collection of reviews from around the world: Beijing, St Petersburg, London, San Francisco. The PLUS is our new preview section, showing you what’s coming up in good time to book your tickets! This month, we focus on Inman Connect, San Francisco.


64-65 FX REPORT The Chinese RMB – past, present and future


66 WATER The challenges of providing quality, ‘green’ water


68-69 JOBS Find the best jobs in the industry


70 PROBLEM PAGE Going bust?


South Africa (56-57)


The fi rst of our series about opportunities in Africa. South Africa has long been an important part of the international property industry, both for buyers and sellers. The last few years have been tumultuous. Have things turned the corner? What are the opportunities for the future? What is the smart money doing?


Correction & Apology: In January we included a “Letter from France”, written by Jackie Pressman, founder of French Riviera Property Search SARL. We printed her email address incorrectly, so please fi nd her correct contact details below:


Mobile: +33 698 12 89 00 Offi ce: +33 493 38 22 24 www.FrenchRivieraPropertySearch.com Jackie@FrenchRivieraPropertySearch.com


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