News - Archive for October 2012
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Knight Frank: Residential Towers Will Define London
Tall residential and mixed-use towers in London are emerging as strong investment properties, with a new report claiming that the buildings will increasingly define the capital's skyline over the next couple of years...
Olympics Bring Much Needed Boost to London Hotel Market
We may still be in debate as to whether or not the Olympics 2012 helped the property market, but there can be no such doubt in the hotel sector according to a new report...
Boris Johnson Announces Retirement Housing Fund
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the creation of a GBP 60 million fund to improve the nation's retirement property sector. Delivered in partnership with the Department of Health...
Aberdeen Real Estate: The Next Investment Hotspot?
According to research published by PKF Accountants earlier this month, Aberdeen is one of the few UK hotel markets that experienced an increase in revenue and occupancy rates during July this year...
German Office Investment Up 50% Y-o-Y
New data from BNP Paribas shows massive growth in the German office sector in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year. The data, from the firm's German real estate division shows that...
UK Student Accommodation Market ''Attracts Record Investment''
The volume of investment in the UK's student accommodation sector has reached its highest ever level, new research from CBRE shows. According to the firm, GBP 2 billion has been ploughed into the student housing market...
American Housing Sales Rise but Financing Hinders Recovery
The American housing market continues to silence any critics. The latest news is that 389,000 newly-built single-family homes were purchased in seasonally-adjusted September...
The Glass Half Full Real Estate Investor
Who can tell me the difference between the "glass half full investor" and the "glass half empty investor?" If you are going to say that one is a pessimist and the other an optimist then you'd be right, but at the moment...
Construction Finance: How Has the Sector Changed?
The availability of all kinds of finance has been restricted since the onset of the global financial crisis, both in the UK and elsewhere around the world...
German Real Estate Performing Well Despite Yearly Investment Drop
German property investment totalled 5.3 billion Euros in Q3 this year according to the latest data from Savills, making it the best performing quarter of the year and taking us to 14.4 billion Euros for the first 9 months of the year.
''Various Reasons'' for Overseas Investors to Target UK Property
There are many reasons why buying an investment property in the UK is appealing to investors from overseas, particularly those within the eurozone...
Mixed Picture for US Office Markets
There are certain cities in the US where the office market is beginning to show signs of recovery, while other areas are not performing as well...
UK Rents are Growing - But Just How High?
According to LSL Property Services rents in England and Wales hit a new high of £741 in September, but according to Move With Us rents ended (September) Q3 at £970. A big difference, especially given that both measure asking rents...
UK Real Estate Attracting Strong European Investment
The UK commercial property investment market has been attracting an increasing amount of attention from European investors...
Will the Spanish Housing Market Recover in 2013?
The summer selling season 2012 is just about to end for Spain, and surprisingly for some it is ending on rather a high note. According to a recent report sales in August were 4% higher than July and 7% higher than the previous year...
New US Housing Construction Hits 4 Year High
Residential home construction in the US has hit a 4 year high according to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...
UK Unlisted Property Funds Bringing Continued Positive Returns
Unlisted property funds in the UK returned 0.4% in Q3, a slight increase over the previous quarter as underlying direct property values fell slower according to the AREF/IPD UK Pooled Property Fund Index...
London Hotels Gain Olympic Boost
London's hotels enjoyed a major boost in profitability in August thanks to the Olympic Games, a new report from Savills has said. Gross operating profit per room soared by 90 per cent during the month...
German Property Market Flourishing Not Bubbling
German property sales and prices are soaring and again, as happens so often to outperforming markets in the post-crash era, some supposed experts are voicing their concerns that the German housing market may be bubbling in places...
London Office Space Take-up Soars
London enjoyed a significant rise in the total take-up of space in its office sector during the second quarter of 2012...
Transparency in Global Property Markets Rises
Recovering global property markets have prompted renewed impetus to transparency improvements following a slowdown in progress during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009...
Weak Supply in California Leads to Slower Sales and Soaring Prices
New data from the California Association of Realtors for September showed that the continued shortage of available homes for sale not only lowered sales, but took the average house price to the highest level in 4 years...
UK Property Focus ''Concentrated on Prime Sector''
The prime market is the focus of those investing in property in Britain due to the return to recession, a new study has concluded....
Spanish Debt in the Toilet - Time to Take the Property Investment Plunge?
Ratings agency Standard and Poors have just downgraded Spanish bonds by two notches to BBB-, which is now just 1 notch above junk-debt ratings – Spanish bonds are hanging over the toilet with one foot in the grave...
Global Investment Volumes Holding Firm Says JLLS
According to the latest data from Jones Lang La Salle, global investment volumes have remained robust despite registering a slight year over year decline in Q3 2012...
Yorkshire Cities ''Face Battle for Property Investment''
The Yorkshire cities of Leeds and Sheffield need to work hard to ensure they do not lose their tier one status when it comes to being hubs for investment...
Two Markets to Watch in 2013
It's that time of the year again; the time when we stop worrying about this year, and start planning for the next, even if the continued volatility out there makes planning seem almost impossible at times...
Big Increase in European Retail Investment in Q3
According to the latest data from Jones Lang La Salle, investment in European retail real estate saw marked growth in the third quarter of the year following a weak first half...
Foreign Real Estate Investment Grows in France
According to a new report by real estate advisor Savills, foreign investment into French real estate is rising as major institutional buyers snap up trophy assets in the county...
Upbeat Outlook for Global Serviced Apartment Market
The future of the European serviced apartments market is looking bright, according to a new report from Savills. The firm predicted the sector will experience further growth...
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