News - Archive for October 2010

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Investment in industrial property in Central European real estate markets has proved to be uneven over the first half of this year, new figures show. According to Jones Lang LaSalle's European Industrial Markets Autumn 2011 report, investment volumes remain below pre-economic crisis levels....
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Last month we asked in an open poll on the site "If you had 100,000 GBP (or the equivalent) to invest in property right now, which continent would you invest in?"...
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The global real estate market recovery continues to be led by countries located in Asia. On averages, house prices in the region climbed by 14 per cent over the course of the past year. According to the Knight Frank Global House Price Index, the cost of real estate rose in 69 per cent of worldwide destinations in the past 12 months....
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Momentum is continuing to build in the Americas market, with transaction levels up by 12 per cent quarter-on-quarter. In particular, the US and Brazil have posted the strongest growth over the period, new research has found....
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Investment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) is expected to be a full 30 per cent higher than in 2009 by the end of the year, it has been claimed. This is despite the region posting a 12 per cent decline in activity during the third quarter of 2010....
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Investment in hotels in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has seen strong growth during the first three-quarters of 2010. In total, transaction volumes in the sector climbed to EUR 3.97 billion, representing a year-on-year rise of 55 per cent....
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Despite the repeated announcement of market fears of a double-dip recession and the end of the world being as good as nigh by all and sundry in the economic world, it would seem there has been a surprise uptick in the UK economy....
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A lack of prime properties in Europe is stalling the recovery of the global real estate market, it has been suggested. The latest research from real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle has found that total investment in commercial property during the third quarter of 2010 stood at USD 69 billion....
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The results of the recent comprehensive spending review (CSR) are likely to be welcomed by real estate investors looking to capitalise on the London property market. At least this is the view of GM Real Estate which claimed that the austerity measures had been received "fairly positively" so far....
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Searches for overseas property have fallen sharply during September, new figures have shown. According to the latest report from Rightmove Overseas, overall foreign property searches dropped by 17 per cent over the course of the month....
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European property has been performing well over the past few months, with a number of indices suggesting that confidence is returning to the region. Indeed, Property Magazine has reported that transaction levels in retail real estate in Europe during the first three quarters of 2010 reached EUR 15....
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The growth of Kenya's affluent middle class and the development of its mortgage market have led to the rapid appreciation of property prices in Nairobi and other key towns in the past eight years, it has been reported....
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A lower tax rate in Australia is expected to offer offshore buyers the opportunity to benefit from substantial savings when acquiring and managing real estate assets in the country. According to the Financial Standard, the Federal Government's decision to phase down interest withholding tax on interest paid on some offshore borrowings will benefit potential investors....
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Transaction levels were up by 12 per cent in the Asia Pacific region during the third quarter of 2010, compared to the previous three months, new figures have shown. The news suggests that there has been a rise in investor sentiment and optimism in the region....
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Commercial real estate investment in the Asia Pacific region rose by eight per cent during the third quarter of this year, new research has shown. DTZ has reported that the total investment volume for the three month period hit USD 29....
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European retail property has seen a surge in interest from investors during the third quarter of this year, new figures would suggest. Bloomberg reports that the renewed interest in the region has been led by a string of deals in Germany, Poland and the UK....
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An ever-increasing number of Chinese property investors are looking to broaden their portfolios with property outside of their home country. The news comes as the Chinese government begins to implement yet more tightening measures on the sector, which are restricting domestic opportunities....
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Most office markets around the world are increasingly showing signs that the worst of the global economic crisis is over. In particular, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada have all recorded healthy growth rates and show signs of future expansion....
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Although an unlikely winner, Israel has emerged as one of the best performing property markets in the world today. According to Global Property Guide, house prices in the second quarter of 2010 rose sixth-fastest in a ranking of 36 countries....
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Real estate investors around the world are starting to revise their expectations for returns in the sector as concerns surrounding economic uncertainty, reduced access to finance and an oversupply of stock take hold....
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The investment climate for top assets will improve in 2011, it has been claimed, but buyers will have to be content with lower returns than in the past. According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the market is set to bounce back....
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Investment in the European commercial property sector is set to rise by as much as 42 per cent by the end of this year, Reuters has reported. Global real estate consultancy DTZ claims that investment volumes will reach EUR 89 billion at the close of 2010 and go on to hit EUR 109 billion by the end of 2011....
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Todays (October 20th) comprehensive spending review could be the spark that is needed to encourage real estate investors to return to the London property market. Estate agent Douglas and Gordon has claimed that many institutional investors have opted against purchasing real estate in the UK in recent months....
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Buyers looking to purchase an overseas property for lifestyle reasons are unlikely to base their decision on fluctuations in the currency market it has been claimed. According to Robin Wilson, head of overseas at Righmove, personal circumstances are more important than economic strength....
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The property market in London is buoyant, with a fast paced rental sector helping to drive recovery forward, it has been claimed. According to real estate consultant Cluttons, record demand and restricted supply have meant that the average time a rental property remains on the market has fallen dramatically....
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The fourth quarter of 2010 and 2011 will see impressive gains made in commercial real estate markets, it has been suggested. That is one of the key findings of the recent Jones Lang LaSalle 2010 Investor Sentiment Survey, which also predicted that an increasing number of buyers would look to invest in commercial real estate within the next 12 months....
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Alternative investments are becoming increasingly more popular as buyers look to enhance the performance of their portfolios. According to the Indian Economic Times, while stocks and bonds have managed to hold their value well in the past few years, investors are also looking to diversify into real estate, hedge funds, private equity and exchange-traded funds....
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The past ten days or so has seen the British press publishing more doom than normal for the property industry. The Halifax have piped up claiming house prices have dived by a further 3.6%, the government are allegedly going to flog their property off to the private sector in what will likely be a Gordon "Gold Sale" Brown style car boot sale, and one agent appears to have completely lost his marbles....
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An increasing number of real estate investors believe that now is a good time to buy international property, a new survey has found. The Worldwide Property Group has revealed that in its September confidence tracker study 73 per cent of respondents believe that market conditions are favourable....
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Strong recovery in countries from within the Asia Pacific region has led Aviva Investors to highlight the region as being one of the most attractive international real estate markets for long-term investors....
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