News - Archive for February 2012
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Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Brazil
Brazil had one of the shortest recessions in the world when the international financial crisis hit. In fact, you could barely call it a recession at all...
Growth Slow but Steady in Global Office Real Estate Sector
According to the latest release of data from CBRE, the office sector is continuing to perform well on a global basis. In its Global Office Rent and Global Capital Value Indices the firm revealed global office rents in Q4 2011 were 5% higher than Q4 2010...
US Commercial Property Market 'Improving'
The fundamentals of the US commercial property market are showing signs of improvement, with vacancy rates expected to drop over the coming year...
Madness Epidemic Hits Housing Market
This week (bear in mind it's only Monday afternoon as I write) a Buy to Let millionaire has announced he is standing to be the next Kent Police Commissioner stating that he has the financial skills to help run Kent Police...
Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Dubai
Dubai GDP is thought to have grown by 3% year on year, which is a massive improvement on the previous year. This is because of strong performances in aviation, hospitality, retailing, oil prices and even real estate...
Backing for Government Property Investment Review
The British Property Federation (BPF) has thrown its weight behind a recently announced government review that will examine the barriers for institutional investment in the private rented sector (PRS)....
Axa Stumps Up a Further 2 Billion in Property Financing
Towards the back end of last year it was identified that one of the biggest problems faced by European real estate (along with that in much the rest of the world) was the lack of financing available from banks, especially senior lending...
UK Hotel Market 'Will Improve in 2012'
There will be a greater number of transactions in the UK hotel market during 2012, with one expert stressing activity in this sector of the real estate industry is far from stagnant...
Chinese Property Tax Programme set to Stifle Foreign Investment
China, China, China, oh crystal china ball please give us a sign; will the Chinese government's measures stifle foreign investment in Chinese real estate?
UK Housing Market Could Face a Lost Decade or Maybe Not
The UK housing market faces a lost decade, according to research by Collins Stewart. The firm has said that the government's efforts to boost mortgage lending could do more harm than good, plunging first time buyers into negative equity when prices continue to fall...
Is 2012 a Good Year for Residential Property Investment?
This year is expected to provide opportunities for residential property investment, with housing markets in the majority of English and Welsh regions described as "quite attractive" in a new report....
Opportunities Exist in Student Accommodation Market
There are significant opportunities for property investors in the student accommodation market. This is according to Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which outlined the scope of the sector and the room for growth in a recent presentation....
Shanghai Property Developers Squeezed from All Sides
According to a report on the Shanghai Statistics Bureau website, Shanghai property developers borrowed a total of 74.1 billion Yuan last year. This represents a fall of 9.6% compared to 2010, which conversely saw lending increase by 28.6% on 2009...
Investors 'Turn to London Property for Wealth Preservation'
Many people who make property investments in London are not doing so to generate significant returns on their cash, but in order to preserve their wealth...
UK Banks Lead Charge to Sell Off Bad Property Loans
The pressure on banks in Europe to get rid of bad property loans off their books has not eased amidst the worsening sovereign debt crisis that seemingly no-one was has the solution to. In fact they are under more pressure to sell before the impending regulation changes...
Shortage of Quality Space 'Will Support London Office Rents'
Over the next five years, rental values for London offices will be supported by a lack of Grade A space, rather than by a significant increase in tenant demand...
Lessons to be Learnt from Ireland’s Plunging Property Prices
Spain, Ireland, the UK and the US have a pretty similar story to tell when it comes to their path from economic glory to gory. Obviously there are differences in one way and another, but all of them made it too easy to get too much credit, especially mortgage credit...
As Chinese Property Price Falls Harden, So Does Government Resolve
Chinese property prices continue to fall, but the government remains stalwart in its determination to maintain the stranglehold it has on the once-runaway market...
Energy Standards 'Will Impact UK Commercial Property'
Investors with UK commercial property assets as part of their portfolio may want to check the buildings they own will meet the new standards for energy efficiency that are due to come into force in April 2018....
Mortgage Famines and Stamp Duty Holidays – Between the Lines
Having almost reached the point of blocking anything to do with news about Buy to Let lending and how rental prices are going to the moon, it would appear the trend in what the press thinks we need to read about the property market is changing...
London Offices Become Plush Pads as Residential Cleans Up
Developers simply can't build luxury residential homes in central London fast enough as rents continue to soar amid a flourishing sector - so much so that they have started converting old office buildings into swanky new pads...
Prime Commercial Property Yields 'Remain Stable'
Yields from commercial real estate investments in the UK were broadly stable in the year to January 2012, with eight out of the 13 sectors surveyed by Savills recording no movement in this 12-month period....
Investment Volumes to Hold in Deutschland Safe Haven
Property investment experts are predicting another strong year for German property investment this year, as it continues to be perceived as a safe-harbour in the Euro-sovereign debt storm...
RICS Suggests Measures to Boost Residential Property Investment
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has made several suggestions about how the government could help encourage institutional investors to enter the UK's residential property sector....
Foreign Investors Drive UK Commercial Property Market
The UK was the most active market in Europe in December 2011 and January 2012 with 4.9 billion Euros invested during the period. It beat France in second place with 4.2 billion Euros and Germany...
Investors 'Will Continue to Focus on Prime Assets'
Prime property investments will continue to be the main focus of those with money to plough into Europe's real estate sectors over the coming year...
London's Future of Flexible Super Flats
International buyers looking for property investments in London are increasingly seeking out large apartments, typically with over 5,000 sq ft of space...
Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - China
It has been said that a government has limited control over what it can do to influence things like property price growth, but this isn't so in China, it has near-total control. After easing us in gently from April 2010...
London Rents 'Hit by Employment Market'
Fewer employment vacancies in London's financial sector and tenants seeking lower living costs have combined to push rents down in January...
Investors 'Continue to Buy Distressed Property'
Demand for distressed real estate investments climbed during the final quarter of 2011, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) Global Distressed Property Monitor...
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