Published 6 November 2011
In December 2010 I wrote about “the return of…” and it lasted a few weeks. I’ve been working in recent months on 2 “returns of”, links & world property, each with an updated section in the Useful Links patch of the website.
Of course, I’d gather a few items, set them aside then not quite complete, and then they’d gather dust. Waste my time, no use to you.
What’s got me going on it again, though, is that so much valuable information slips through the cracks. I read a lot of it but don’t pass it on.
When I read the online comments about business affairs on newspaper websites – too often inaccurate, distorting, defamatory, supposedly written by people with enough acumen to know something about business – I wonder: Should they have to practise the alphabet forwards & backwards before they roll their first dooby of the day, and again immediately after?
Fortunately, those people don’t seem to have found their way across to this website yet. So for you, a more select band of readers, the Snapshot on links will be a mixture – some items so short you mightn’t know what they’re about, others with a short story; some on political, economic or property issues I think are worth knowing about, some pure digression, but all intended to get you thinking.
And the Snapshot on world property is, I think, a more effective way of letting you know about many overseas property events, succinctly, rather than trying to put a handful of them into “proper” story format… and losing the lot because I don’t have time to do that.
I mentioned the world property snapshot to John Dakin of Goodman Property Trust in the street a few weeks ago, saying the wider Goodman Group had been phenomenally active around the world this year but probably few New Zealanders were aware of any of that. At the trust’s annual meeting he spoke about the regular conversations between group heads, which gave them far more depth of insight and made the trust far less of a candidate for internalised management than others in the New Zealand market. I felt that point was hard to understand – unless you were tuned into something like these Snapshot pages.
There are others – Lend Lease, Brookfield & Westfield, for instance, and some of the European funds. Then, this week, I noticed a reference to Valad as a European fund. Oh? Yes, it’s built up an international portfolio worth several billion dollars but it still has an Australian web address. Last we heard of Valad here, it was scuttling back home wounded after selling out of boomtime buys in New Zealand.
I abandoned the snapshots on world business & property and local business & property in February 2004, among a few other changes to the website at the same time (but kept the Snapshot on external links going, if intermittently). Go back to those pages now and you see a jumbled mess, but before the pages’ conversion to a new host site they didn’t look so bad. When I reverted to a single website, those pages ended up at the bottom of the Market section. Now I’ve lifted them to Forward thinking – because that’s what they’re about – and the updated links to stories & websites will run at the top of the Useful Links section.
In short, what you will get are snappy (but some not so snappy) items of interest, with links, on the Snapshot on external links, and snappy references to world property news, with links, on the Snapshot on world property. And to go back to a recent link, all you will have to do is click on Useful Linksin the top navigation bar to find them.
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Attribution: story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.