News - Archive for April 2012
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Irish Property Still Falling but Slower
The latest data on Irish house prices shows that the market is still falling, but it also shows that the rate of decline is slowing and possibly even shows that we may be seeing a bottom...
International Property: Battle of the Capitals - North America
Times are certainly good in many capital cities right now, as wealthy buyers from emerging markets and around the world drive up prices even as the markets around them wither and stagnate...
Property Investors ''Must Evaluate and Adapt''
The changing face of the property market means investors need to continually alter their approach to their investment strategies...
Double-Dip: UK Slides Back into Recession
On Wednesday (April 25th), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its preliminary data about the UK's gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of the year - and it didn't make for pleasant reading...
40pc of UK Home-Buyers Prepare for Prolonged Renting
A new survey by Money Supermarket has found that 8 million people in the UK are currently priced out of the housing market, with most first time buyers accepting the reality that they will be long-term renters while saving up a sufficient deposit...
Investment Volumes in UK Property Fall
Less money was ploughed into the UK's property market in 2011 than in the previous year, with a new DTZ report revealing investment volumes were down by ten per cent...
Lloyds to Sell Off Irish Loan Portfolio
Lloyds TSB is to auction off a whopping 360 million Euros worth Irish real estate loans, many of which are "impaired". Breaking news of the sale, sources told the press that first round bids were taken by the bank at the end of March...
US ''Driving Returns'' In Global Property Investment
The driving force behind the annual returns of 9.8 per cent realised on global real estate investment in 2011 is the recovery in the US markets...
Unlisted Property in the UK Stable but Returns Dwindling
Unlisted property funds in the UK returned just 0.7% in the first quarter according to the latest AREF/IPD UK Property Fund Index...
Investment Activity in UK Shopping Centres Slides
The volume of shopping centre transactions completed in the UK during the first quarter of 2012 fell, compared to the same period in 2011...
London and South-East Buy-to-Let: A Smart Investment?
Much has been made of the increasing attractiveness of the UK's buy-to-let market, with high residential property prices resulting in a rising number of households entering the private rented sector (PRS), rather than purchasing their own home.
Sales of Public Property in Europe Doubled in 2011
According to new data from CB Richard Ellis European government's offloaded EUR 2.3 billion worth of publicly owned property in 2011, twice as much as 2010, but not the economies you'd immediately expect...
European Commercial Property Investment Falls in Q1
The amount of money invested in European commercial property markets fell by 31 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the final three months of 2011...
European Investment Volumes Fall Sharply from Highs of Last Year
In a recent report into first quarter commercial real estate activity, CB Richard Ellis recorded EUR 24 bn in European real estate transactions in Q1, down 31% quarter on quarter and down 18% compared to Q1 2011...
Average UK Rents Increase
The average cost of renting a UK property increased by five per cent in March, compared to the same month a year earlier...
On the Up: London's Rental Market Continues to Grow
There is an increasing disparity between the rental market in central London and elsewhere in the UK. According to the latest figures in the HomeLet Rental Index, the average cost of accommodation in the capital stood at GBP 1,156 per month in March...
Chinese House Prices Down on the Year, but Restrictions to Continue
Chinese house prices fell year on year for the first time since the government crack down began, which is a sign of the continued and deepening progress being made by the campaign to cool the market...
UK Student Property Investment up 50% in 2011 Says CBRE
According to the latest report into the student property sector in the UK, it continues to perform very well indeed. According to the CBRE's quarterly market review of the sector (Q1 2012), £1.15 billion was invested in the sector in 2011...
Negative Trends in UK Retail Market
Retail property in the UK has experienced a fall in tenant demand, as well as negative rental expectations. The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) UK Commercial Market Survey...
Dubai Residential Property Has Bottomed Says JLLS
Jones Lang La Salle have become the latest prominent real estate company to put their weight behind the recovery in the Dubai property market...
London Remains Top Target for Hotel Investment
The UK was the most liquid hotel investment market in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region during the first quarter of this year, with assets in London accounting for the bulk of the activity...
Revealed – How the UK Mortgage Industry Intends to Destroy the Housing Market
It would be nice, just once, to come into the office and see some genuinely positive news in the housing market. Sadly, this week the press and all the feeds of PR have failed again to come up with any real stories that could have a positive impact...
Residential Property Investment in Germany Tipped to Grow
The residential market in Germany is predicted to go from strength to strength this year. In a new report, investment giant Savills predict that investment in residential property in Germany will grow from the 4.8 billion Euros...
''Modest Changes'' Can Boost Institutional Investment in Housing
Alterations to current legislation could significantly improve the landscape for institutional investment in residential property in the UK...
International Property: Battle of the Capitals - Europe
Right now around the world, many capital cities are markets-apart from the countries they represent, and even distanced from the world as a whole; like they have created a new world just for them. Ever since the US sub-prime crisis morphed into the international financial crisis...
Commercial Property Developers Show Increased Confidence in UK
Commercial property developers in the UK have put their faith behind the economy's ability to avoid the fated double dip recession, as the Savills Total Commercial Development Activity Index for March rises...
Returns on Central London Offices Improve
The return generated by central London offices increased to 0.6 per cent in March, rising from the 0.5 per cent recorded in February...
Global Real Estate Investment Down but Not Out Says JLLS
New data from Jones Lang La Salle seems to add weight that global real estate investment is slowing. According to the firm $75 billion was invested in commercial real estate in Q1 2012, which is a 23% contraction...
US Vacancy Rates ''Flat or Declining''
The vacancy rates across all classes of US properties either remained stable or fell slightly during the first quarter of 2012...
UK Property Investment ''Limited''
The level of transactions occurring in the UK's commercial real estate markets has been affected by the weak economy, lack of finance and investor uncertainty...
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