The facts are simple: Alongside Asia's dramatic rate of growth lies the inherent problem of property prices skyrocketing.
Even Singapore is trying to reverse a situation where the market was threatening to price itself over and above what its own citizens could pay. Meanwhile, buy-to-let property is simply not giving back the promised or indeed even the required returns.
Everyday investors are starved of available and affordable options for their dollar. Yet even here there are exciting options. Previous options that only the super-rich could afford are becoming available to the savvy investor. A case in point is buy-to-lease hotel rooms.
Buying to lease is a simple concept. It involves buying a second property or maybe more, funded by the leverage of equity in existing properties already owned, or simply borrowing by way of a mortgage from a high-street bank.
The rent received by the owner would service the loan taken against the property in question. The property will then be kept by the owner until it has increased in value sufficiently enough to re-sell at a profit.
The concept of selling of rooms/suites in hotels has been an investment opportunity in Europe and the United States for many years now, and was pioneered by world-renowned developer and investor Donald Trump as the backbone of the Trump organisation for more than a decade.
Other major five-star hotel brands, such as Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons, have been utilising this type of property investment product to garner stunning returns for investors over the years, but it has also spread to the lower end of the scale, such as the Holiday Inn and other less expensive hotel chains.
However, it has always been at extremely high entry points averaging around US$1 million, and therefore still out of reach of the everyday investor, and the culture tended to make the rich richer.
On average, the yields generated from hotel-room investments are higher than traditional buy-to-let investments, and hotel rooms are hassle-free. No agents are required as they are fully managed.
No maintenance costs are needed either as all the maintenance costs are borne by residents of the hotel. Room rates can be adjusted to factor in inflationary increase and market demand, unlike signing a tenancy agreement where once signed you are pinned down to a fixed amount of money for normally two years.