News - Archive for December 2012
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UK Construction Grows - Could Stave Off Recession
We could talk negative statistics on the UK economy all day... Heck we could put on some slow jazz, open a bottle of our favourite (or strongest) alcoholic spirit and really get down to the nuts and bolts of the misery if we really wanted – it is Christmas after all...
US Hotel Industry Performing Well
The latest news on the US hotel industry indicates that it too is rejoicing in the general recovery of the US economy and, more recently the property market as a whole...
Home Ownership Continues to Fall in England and Wales
Home ownership in England and Wales is dropping drastically. This is no longer something that economists suspect, or that analysts quip about in articles about generation rent, it is a cold hard fact as shown by official UK census data.
Shopping Centre Investment Market has Exceptional Q4
More and more property investment deals are being brokered in the shopping centre market, according to a recent study. Knight Frank's Shopping Centre report revealed that the final quarter of 2012 was another high performing one for the sector, following up on a healthy Q3.
Who is the Driving Global Real Estate Recovery?
When you take all the divisions out of the equation, overall the global residential real estate market does seem to be making a comeback, in most cases fueled by internationalised (cross-border) demand levels...
Is the Commercial Sector Entering 2013 in a Good Position?
As 2013 fast approaches, property market analysts are questioning the position of the commercial sector going into the New Year. Thus far, findings have been mixed, with some claiming economic uncertainty...
The Humbug Report – Part II – Rest of the World 2013
The Eurozone. As predicted last year – it's still alive, it's still bogged down by indecision and the UK is still doing the hokey-cokey on the side-lines...
More Good Quality Industrial and Logistics Stock Needed
The UK is in need of more good quality industrial and logistics stock to stimulate property investment deals. According to a report from Jones Lang LaSalle, total take-up of floorspace across the country was down 15 per cent in Q3...
Farmhouses to Qualify for ARPT Relief
Farmhouses worth over GBP 2 million that are occupied by working farmers will qualify for relief from the new Annual Residential Property Tax (ARPT)...
Commercial Property Activity Increased in November
Property investment continued its momentum in November but the speed of growth slowed somewhat, according to research from Savills. The Total Commercial Development Activity Index...
The Housing Humbug Report – UK Property Market Predictions 2013
It's time once again for one of my Housing Humbug Reports in which I take a look at the past 12 months in the property and financial markets and see if there are any potential gems of wisdom to be found and make a few predictions on what next year might hold...
Can London Residential Construction Keep Pace With Demand?
The London property market is continuing to outperform its European counterparts, with demand showing no signs of abating any time soon...
Are South-east Asians Really Driving the London Property Market?
Over recent years, the London property market has experienced increased activity from south-east Asia. Wealthy buyers are now seeking real estate investment opportunities in the UK capital...
Buyer Confidence Returning to UK Markets
The UK property market is witnessing the return of buyer confidence, according to new research. The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) housing market survey revealed that investment interest grew...
New Data Shows Growth in Middle East Hotel Sector
Ernst and Young have released the latest issue of its Hotel Benchmark Survey for the Middle East, showing a very impressive performance for the region's hotels...
Scottish Rural Property Market Proving Lucrative
It seems that the Scottish countryside is the new property investment hotspot. According to Savills, the market has enjoyed competitive bidding and sales achieved over the asking price...
Slight Decline in Russian Investment Volumes says C&W
Moscow remains the 3rd largest investment market in Europe according to Real Capital Analytics, behind London and Paris. Cushman and Wakefield are predicting that Moscow real estate investment will total $6 billion by the end of the year...
High Rise Developments Will Continue to be Money Makers
High rise developments in London will continue to be money makers. According to Mat Oakley, commercial research director for Savills, people are "prepared to pay" to own a piece of one of London's towers...
Research: Manchester Rises as Global Investment Destination
New research from leading property company Jones Lang La Salle has found Manchester to be the 15th biggest real estate investment destination in the world relative to the size of its economy...
Autumn Statement Brings Good News for Commercial Property Market
Wednesday's (December 5th) Autumn Statement brought good news for the commercial property market in the UK and there is hope that the changes will lead to further growth...
Salford Office Property Stock to Receive Boost
Salford office stock is set to receive a further boost, cementing the region as the new hot spot for property investment. The North West Evergreen Fund has made an early investment in the Soapworks regeneration development project...
European CMBS Becoming a Worry
As the US Mortgage backed securities trade looks set to hit a year-to-date total of $40 billion this week according to Standard and Poors, fledgling reports of a European CMBS revival have hit the wall of cold hard reality...
Swedish Hotel Assets Gaining Popularity
According to Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotel Intelligence report for Sweden, the country's stable economy and "robust operating conditions in Stockholm" are driving investment interest, enabling the city to enjoy hotel asset yields of 5.9 per cent...
US Multi-housing Vacancy Rate Set to Rise
The multi-housing vacancy rate in the US is expected to rise in 2013, according to new analysis from the CBRE Group, Inc. Over the year a rise to 5.3 per cent is expected, up from 4.5 per cent recorded in the penultimate quarter of 2012.
Beijing and Shanghai Hold Investment Opportunities for British Investors
Beijing and Shanghai are two cities presenting significant property investment opportunities for British buyers. The cities recently sold...
Manchester is a Top Real Estate Investment Spot
Manchester has been ranked as one of the world's top 20 real estate investment spots by Jones Lang LaSalle. The accolade was awarded based on the relative size of the city's economy...
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