News - Archive for June 2012
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Olympic Fever Boosting London Property Market - Oh No It Isn't
Analysts, commentators and pundits are in hot debate about whether or not the Olympics is having a positive impact on London property prices and/or the rental market, and whether it will have any effects down the line...
Recovery Predicted for UK Office Sector
There are signs a recovery is underway in the office sector of the UK commercial property market, with Glenigan noting that although there has been a drop in the number of new office construction schemes getting underway, this is not cause for concern in the long term...
Growing Student Mobility Will Boost Accommodation Sector
The rising number of young people who travel outside of their home country to attend university bodes well for the student accommodation sector in Europe, with the UK one of the main beneficiaries...
US House Prices Up in April - Case-Shiller
According to the renowned Case-Shiller index house prices rose in 19 out of the cities in tracks. This not only means that price rose in the majority of major US cities, but it is also the second consecutive month that this has been the case...
Things to Consider When Investing in US Residential Real Estate
Most of the world is still feeling the effects of the financial crisis and for many it will get worse before it gets better, but for investors residential property in the US is certainly back on the menu...
Investment in UK Regions ''Steady''
UK regions outside central London are still attracting attention from investors, accounting for almost half (48 per cent) of total investment volumes in the country last year...
Irish House Prices in First Monthly Rise Since 2007
Prices in the whole of Ireland rose 0.2% in the month ending May, and were down just 15.3% on the year. In Dublin, which was the hardest hit by the crisis, price also rose 0.2% on the month in May...
UK House Prices Expected To Grow From 2013
House prices across the UK are expected to increase from next year onwards, according to new estimates. Data from BNP Paribas suggested that around 6.7 per cent growth would occur in 2013...
Investment Booms in Safe-Haven German Property Market
According to reports the German real estate market is thriving. During the property boom years many reports predicted that Germany, and particularly Berlin would see a piece of the foreign-buyer fuelled action...
Economic Uncertainty Weighs on UK Commercial Property Market
Negative gross domestic product growth in the UK and continued concerns over the outcome of the Eurozone crisis have weighed on investor sentiment and resulted in a slowdown...
Shopping Mall Construction Boom in Emerging Markets
Emerging markets are witnessing unprecedented boom in shopping mall development as growing middle class populations' fuel major expansion in emerging market retail according to CBRE...
UK Buy to Let Investors Grow Portfolios and Hire Management
As more and more would-be home buyers turn to renting, more and more landlords are turning to rental management companies as they grow their portfolios. This is according to a new report...
''Mixed Picture'' for Scottish Housing Market
Several organisations have recently released figures showing how the Scottish housing market is faring. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Scotland saw...
Prime London Property Prices Expected to Rise
The value of prime London residential real estate is predicted to increase by six per cent by the end of 2012...
UK Commercial Property Values Decline
Total returns for UK commercial real estate assets stood at zero per cent in May, posting a 0.5 per cent decline from the previous month. According to the latest IPD UK Monthly Property Index...
Non-Listed European Fund Returns Up Slightly in Q1
According to the latest data from the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV), total returns on non-listed funds increased slightly to 0.5% in the first three months of 2012...
Slowing Demand ''Hits London Rents''
London property investors saw a reversal in rents in May, dropping 0.3 per cent after a 0.1per cent rise in the preceding month. According to new figures published by Knight Frank...
Your Money and the Euro Crisis – BBC World Service Special
Last week, I was very pleasantly surprised to be contacted by the BBC via one of our content contributors to be asked if I would be able and prepared to comment for a BBC World Service Money Box programme about the Euro Crisis,
Chinese House Prices Kept Falling in May Says Government
In the reports that prices had risen in May, sources including Soufun the largest real estate website in China, and leading business paper the China Business Herald put the growth down to fine tuning of the property market restrictions at local authority level...
Student Housing ''Remains an Attractive Asset Class''
Student housing is still a lucrative sector in which to make real estate investments, with the latest Savills research on the market revealing total returns have been higher for student accommodation than many other types of commercial property...
Doing The Eurozone Crisis - Greek Style
The Greek elections have been and gone and unfortunately the Eurozone is no further forward than it was before the elections...
Spanish Banks to be Bailed Out but Still a Threat to Euro Survival
My mother always said, drastic times call for drastic measures, and it was certainly a drastic measure when Spain finally admitted it needed bailing out by the EU, although not this time for government debt but for the survival of its beleaguered banking system...
Foreign Investors the ''Driving Force'' in London's Office Sector
Commercial property investment by overseas buyers buoyed the London property market during the first half of 2012, according to new research...
As US Recovers, California Replaces London as Property Safe Haven
UK based and international resellers of property in places like California and Atlanta have been saying for some time that real estate in such locations is one of the few safe investments currently available...
London Office Submarkets ''Are Strengthening''
An increasing number of occupiers looking for premises to let in London are turning away from the West End and looking at lesser known and cheaper locations...
How to Solve the Eurozone Crisis
The Euro was originally formed to make trading easier between several countries and unify day to day business. It has failed. How about something gets done to actually achieve that?
Should Spain Have a NAMA (Bad Bank)?
Spain and Ireland right now are a near perfect experiment for two different ways of dealing with a burst real estate bubble; both had bubbles of the same magnificent proportions...
Analysts Ponder Government Reaction to Chinese Housing Upturn
Chinese house sales and prices rose sharply in May according to a whole host of reports. Any one of several reports will confirm the growth, but some reports differ on predictions for the future...
Five Year Crash Brings Stagnation to UK Housing Market
Now, around 5 years since the UK housing market went from boom to bust and all that has happened during what has been a volatile 5 years is that the market has fallen into a state of stagnation...
Take-up of Central London Offices Rebounds
There has been a substantial rise in the number of leases signed for central London office space, with CBRE revealing take-up increased by 96 per cent in May, compared to the previous month...
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