News - Archive for January 2011

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Property investors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are increasingly turning to the Dubailand area when seeking to buy or rent apartments in the emirate. According to new figures from search website Propertyfinder....
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Global real estate transactions reached USD 316 billion in 2010, a full 50 per cent over the volume seen in the previous year, research from Jones Lang LaSalle has revealed. According to the property consultancy, this dramatic turnaround....
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Prime properties in the UK are continuing to command "strong demand" among potential buyers, it has been claimed. Douglas and Gordon has said that there has been an increase in the number of buyers registering with estate agents....
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Global commercial real estate sales climbed by 43 per cent last year as a growing number of purchases of development sites buoyed the world's markets, the latest research from Real Capital Analytics (RCA) has shown....
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Research is an important part of any potential investment. As part of any investment strategy it is essential that a thorough and comprehensive due diligence process is carried out on the entire product and process prior to committing any funds...
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Clearly laid out legal rules concerning the London residential property market are making the sector an attractive prospect for a large number of foreign investors, Savills has claimed. The comments come as the consultant revealed that Indian buyers are now the second largest group for top-end, prime real estate in the city....
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As various economies within Europe start on the long road to recovery, the investor confidence in a number of destinations is beginning to grow, according to the six-monthly Investment Climate Index from Union Investment....
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The high-end property market in the UK is unlikely to feel too much of a fallout when Stamp Duty is increased later this year, it has been claimed. Research conducted by Investec Specialist Private Bank has found that 52 per cent of estate agents, developers and brokers believe that the pending rise in the tax on properties...
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Economic recovery in Germany has meant that the country is now considered the most-favoured location in Europe for unlisted real estate funds. Retail property in the country ranked as the most attractive with 36 per cent of investor votes....
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Rental growth in Europe is being led by real estate located in London, Paris and Moscow, King Sturge's quarterly report, European Property Indicators, has revealed. According to the consultant, all three cities have reported a growing shortage in available grade A office space over the past year and all three have experienced either stable or rising office rents....
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For the third consecutive month, US commercial real estate prices saw their value rise in November, as the economy showed signs of recovery. According to data released by Moody's Investors Services, prices climbed by a further 0.6 per cent over the course of the month compared to October...
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The construction and building sectors could be in for a tough year as higher VAT and government spending cuts take their toll on businesses and point to another year of reduced activity. Profit margins are expected to be further eroded by the increased cost of materials and the competition for work will mean that builders are unlikely to be able to pass on savings to customers....
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New research has revealed that investor sentiment is turning a corner and highlighted property as the sector to watch for future growth, the FT Advisor has reported....
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Government-imposed cooling measures for the property market in Singapore appear to be having the desired effect, with sales dropping by around 30 per cent last month, new figures have revealed....
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As investors begin to view land as a more attractive commodity, prices are set to increase on a global scale. The demand for international farmland values has remained positive, according to a report from consultants Savills....
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Globally there is expected to be an increase in the number of sustainable real estate solutions being commenced, with emerging Asian markets forecast to lead this growth, a new report has suggested....
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Globally investor confidence is swinging towards emerging markets, with many prospective buyers unsure about the future prospects of more developed nations. In Gallup International's Global Barometer of Hope and Despair, Brazil, China and India emerged as having the most upbeat populations....
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Individuals view investing in property as a "modern" way to save for the future, Money Marketing has reported. The comments come after it was announced that Aegon has called on the Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB) to launch and run a campaign education people about the costs, benefits and risks connected with investing in real estate.....
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Globally the total level of direct real estate investment is expected to grow by 20 per cent by the end of 2011, with the resurgence in activity led primarily by a rebound in interest in the US property market....
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Quite why certain areas of the banking fraternity are hyping the concept that China will crash seems a little unclear, not just when you consider the facts of how the Chinese view investment, but also how large some of the caveats these so-called banking experts have added to their "investment ideas".
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Commercial real estate investments across Europe reached EUR 95.9 billion last year, representing a 53 per cent increase on 2009 volumes, the latest research from DTZ has found. According to the firm's Investment Market Update report, the coming year is set to see further improvements made, sparked by an increase in buyer confidence. ...
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Commercial property market recovery in Canada was "moderate-to-strong" last year, with some markets performing better than expected, new research has shown. However, the in the US, selected markets posted minor improvements while full recovery was elusive....
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London banker's bonuses are not expected to have as great an influence on the UK property market as first believed, it has been suggested. Leading property portal Sourcing Property remains unconvinced about the impact that this years' bonuses will have.....
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Commercial investment volumes in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to climb once again this year, overtaking the record USD 145 billion that was transacted in 2010. This figure was almost double the USD 73 billion in 2009 and exceeded the previous peak of USD 101 billion in 2007....
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Commercial property development in the UK has been found to be the strongest of all European countries last year. Jones Lang LaSalle has highlighted the significant expansion that the sector has experienced over the past 12 months, with investment volumes in the region up 68 per cent year-on-year....
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Investors from Asia and Europe are expected to bolster housing sales in Central Florida in 2011, with many looking to take advantage of the "undervalued" property that is on the market. Florida house prices are bottoming out and international property buyers look like reviving the Florida housing market this year, Stirling Sotheby's International Realty has claimed....
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Direct investment from foreign buyers in China soared to its highest level ever last year, new figures have officially revealed. The news highlights the growing confidence and sentiment held in the country's economy, despite the government implementing a number of cooling measures last year....
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The recent decision by the FIFA executive committee to hand the 2022 World Cup to Qatar has had a positive impact of the country's property market. Although it is too early to judge the overall effect on real estate demand in the region, the latest data from Asteco Property Management suggest that enquiries and sales have both increased since the decision was made....
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The latest bulletin from Savills covering international farmland markets has suggested that agricultural land is an attractive investment. The property consultant expects the positive trends that have been witnessed worldwide for the sector to continue into this year....
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The potential to gather substantial returns and a perception of lower risk abroad has led to an increasing amount of interest being shown in overseas property investment by Taiwanese buyers....
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