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The dollar has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the middle of 2014, reaching highs against major currencies not seen since before the global downturn....
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As highlighted in IPIN’s ‘Emerging Trends in Global Property Markets 2015’ series, American property investors are harnessing the power.....
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As it draws closer to the UK's elections, foreign exchange markets have displayed more volatility than seen since the US had its 'fiscal cliff' moment.....
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2014 was an exciting year for international property investors and we’ve seen the market open wider than ever before as we get closer to.....
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The international hotel sector is set for exponential growth in 2015 as Chinese insurers continue their foray into prime property markets.....
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The following is a summary of the distressed properties market relating to the US only. Whilst IPIN's expertise extends to distressed assets internationally.....
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Property speculators from Singapore have poured money into overseas real estate markets this year, amidst a cooling domestic market.....
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London's largest privately-owned residential developer, Galliard Homes recently announced a joint venture (JV) focussing on regeneration projects in the South East of England.....
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The dollar has had a spectacular few months, rising with considerable strength against major currencies beyond even the most bullish analyst expectations.....
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Hilton Worldwide Holdings have announced the sale of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York for a staggering $1.95bn to Chinese investors....
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Over the past few years there has been an increasing amount of Chinese money pouring into overseas real estate markets. With more than 40,000 new millionaires created.....
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The UK has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, creating the highest number of new jobs....
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The establishment of a multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, proposed at the....
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Shanghai Securities News have revealed that when record-high payments become due for China's real estate investment trusts (REITs)...
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In February 2014, 35% of all offers on property were in cash which is up 30% on the same time last year according to US property experts RealtyTrac...
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The World Bank recently published a report that has sent a shockwave of speculation throughout the financial community.
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It doesn't require rocket science to work out that house prices took a hit when the world went into recession in 2008. Six years on we have the benefit of hindsight, so what is the general consensus on how house prices will fare?
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London has been named as the best city in the world for foreign investment in the same week it was announced that foreign buy-to-let ownership in the UK is increasing quickly...
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Because of the reputation of British educational establishments, it's no surprise that the sector is attracting international investors, including those from the US...
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The US property market is facing a "monster mash", which could put its ongoing recovery under threat and deter real estate investment. RealtyTrac, the housing data provider, claims there are two beasts looming over the sector and until they're thwarted, recovery will run the risk of collapse.
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If anyone out there is still in any doubt that the US commercial investment sector is in recovery then news like this will make them fewer and farther between. GE Capital, General Electric's financial arm, has agreed to sell an $807 million portfolio...
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Europe is trailing behind other global commercial property investment markets, according to the latest Global Commercial Property Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It has emerged that Europe has seen falls in its commercial activity, whilst analysts have forecasted further declines in values and rents for the rest of the year.
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U.S. commercial property prices hit record levels last month, a new report has revealed. The latest Green Streets Advisors' commercial property index moved one percent higher than the record achieved in August, 2007, fuelled by low interest rates and "modest economic growth." The index rose one percent in April, after a two percent increase the month before, Bloomberg reports.
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The US hotel market has a few mixed messages for property investors as it progresses further into the second quarter of the year...
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Warning! You may want to sit down before reading this story, and put down your coffee, especially if you were adversely affected by the financial crisis in any way (who wasn't?). The latest report on the US housing market...
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When commentators began to suggest that the US housing crisis had changed people's attitudes towards housing; turning the US into a nation of renters, many took the potential for this being a "possibly permanent" change with a large pinch of salt...
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There is a wealth of positive news on the US housing market at the moment, so much so that it is hard to ignore. But in another way it is hard not to ignore it when you are constantly hearing about metrics returning to 2008 levels, what was so great about 2008?
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According to the latest data, neither rising home-sales nor surging multifamily construction is impacting on the impressive vacancy rates in the US apartment market, with rates continuing to fall despite strong rents across the country...
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2013 looks set to blow the hotel sector away. According to new data from Savills investment in the sector in Q1 this year quadrupled compared to last year...
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The latest data from the California Association of Realtors shows average prices in the state at the highest level since May 2008, driven by continually high sales levels combined with shrinking availability after years of weak construction...
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Twenty twelve wasn't a bad year for international real estate, not as bad as we have seen in recent years anyway, and especially for equities. The MSCI World Index posted a local currency return of 15% and real estate securities came in at 20% across most major markets and indices...
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Those considering property investment will have noticed a change in the US real estate market recently. The tide is turning and conditions are becoming favourable for buyers...
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Property is one of the primary tools we have at our disposal to see into the past and learn about our heritage. However, across the globe it seems we are letting this crumble away...
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The US is the land of opportunity and the American Dream is still ingrained in national culture. With a bit of hard work, ingenuity and a spot of luck, those on the bottom of the pile can rise to the top, or so says the ethos...
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When it comes to tracking movements in US house prices none carry more weight than the Case-Shiller index. So who can argue with that very index when it tells us that US home prices grew by more in 2012 than they have since the summer of 2006?
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It was good news for the US property market as the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices posted a pleasing rise in house prices over the 12 months ending January 2013...
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As business has become more globalised, apart-hotels have emerged as one of the world's hottest property investment classes. Although the trend hasn't taken off in the UK as significantly as in the US and Asia...
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According to the latest data from STR Global the U.S. hotel industry reported increases in all three key performance metrics during February 2013...
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International property buyers have been framed as largely responsible for the 26.9% jump in the median price of condominiums in Miami-Dade County over last year. According to the latest report from the Miami Association of Realtors Miami condos sold for an average $165,000...
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According to the latest Commerce Department report 917,000 houses were started in February, up from 718,000 in February 2012 and 0.8% more than in January this year as well...
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Despite property market growth, it seems the US is suffering a crisis of confidence. The March 2012 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey revealed that economists are tempering their expectations of a recovery in the near term...
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Leading real estate firm Savills is tipping the US and UK to lead an international hotel investment surge in 2013. The firm predicts a significant increase in UK hotel investment on the £1.64 billion transacted last year...
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The US is the centre of considerable property investment interest of late, with research from broker DTZ showing that real estate equity increased by 19 per cent to USD 55 billion (GBP 36.8 approximately) in the second half of 2012...
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Figures have portrayed the US hotel market as one ripe for property investment, with demand high and transactions going from strength-to-strength. However, just how far this is an accurate depiction of the sector is questionable...
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Hotel operators in the Americas posted strong gains in January, reporting a 3.3 percent increase in occupancy to 51.3 percent, STR Global Reports...
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A rolling rock collects no moss, but the American rock does seem to be slowing into this year. But it is still way too early to say that the doom-sayers have now been proven right. For a start the American housing market is far too big to judge as a whole, and when judged as a sum of its parts the recovery is still alive and well...
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Demand for warehouse space in the US hit its second highest level since 1993 according to a report from commercial real estate company Cassidy Turner. According to the firm net demand for warehouse space was 40.8 million square feet in the last quarter of last year...
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San Francisco hotels are proving to be prime investment properties in the US, with the city enjoying the greatest rate jump in 2012...
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London is considered an international safe haven - a place where the wealthy from across the globe can invest their money. However, it seems that Britons are the only ones not willing to flash their cash in the capital, with the super rich preferring the US...
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Everything is bigger in America, and the so-called mega-malls are no exception. But they are an exception to the wider rule, as we have seen in previous downturns people spend more on entertainment, arguably to cheer themselves up from all the economic woes...
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A boom in the construction of multi-family housing fuelled the US housing recovery, so what now looks like a similar surge in hotel construction not only indicates confidence in the industry, but will fuel growth in it and the economy...
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The UK is suffering from a property price gulf, with homes in London and the south worth GBP 330 billion more on average than properties in the rest of the country...
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The NPI, which is based on approximately $320 billion worth of institutional commercial real estate investments, found that the total return of commercial real estate investments in the US in Q4 was 2.54%...
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The commercial property market in the US posted positive results across the board during the last quarter of 2012, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF)...
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The property markets are now more diverse than ever with each sector fighting harder for news coverage and making its case for public investment. We take a look over the past month's activity on IPIN Live and what property investors were reading, and give our opinion as to why...
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This weeks property news highlights in brief: Boris Johnson gets a party invite, economists question house price stats, a journalist complains and Vanilla Ice tells us about investing in US real estate...
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The latest release from the S&P Case-Shiller house price index, (which is as close to being an official house price index as it gets in America) shows US house prices up by between 4.5% and 5.5% in the 12 months...
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Property investment is set to intensify in the US hotel market, with buyers becoming more aggressive in 2013. According to Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotel Investment Outlook, 2012 was a positive year for the sector...
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For a while now the US housing market has seemed unstoppable in its path of recovery, but still the doubters have their doubts and with good reason, there are a lot of factors to make the future uncertain...
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During the boom it didn't take much for a property market to be given the title of "hot emerging market". In fact for a time it looked like all it took was a few beach resorts with celebrity endorsed golf courses, although a Trump tower thrown in certainly helped...
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It is now going on 7 years since America started to crumble, 6 years since the UK caught the disease, and between that and 5 years since most the rest of the world followed suit, and still we aren't back out the other side in any real way...
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CoreLogic believes US house prices grew by 7.9% year over year in December despite the usual winter seasonal winter slowdown according to the firm. Taking distressed sales out of the equation the firm is predicting a 8.4% rise...
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Though it still has more than its fair share of critics, evidence continues to mount that the American property market is firmly in recovery. Many experts advise looking for cities and sectors that are recovering ahead of the pace...
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Global real estate investment volumes are back on the up, with preliminary data from Jones Lang La Salle suggesting total transaction volumes for 2012 somewhere in the region of $436 billion, up from $435 billion...
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Last year was one of recovery for the US commercial property market, but the runaway winner when it comes to real estate investment was undoubtedly the industrial sector...
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According to real estate investment big hitters Jones Lang La Salle, the number of pension and sovereign wealth funds (SWF's) actively and directly investing in real estate is set to double...
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Completed foreclosures are an indication of the total number of homes actually lost to foreclosure. Since the financial crisis began in September 2008, there have been approximately 4 million completed foreclosures across the country...
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The US real estate market appears to have undergone somewhat of a recovery in 2012, with interest in property investment gathering momentum. However, more has to be done in the residential sector in particular to encourage further activity.
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The US suburban office market in Minneapolis is proving attractive to those looking to invest in property. According to recent reports, conditions are favourable to buyers and there are plenty of deals to be had...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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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The number of office vacancies in the US will decline in 2013, but only slightly, according to a new report from the CBRE Group, Inc. The study showed that in the penultimate quarter of 2012...
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Commercial mortgage backed securities along with all types of the investment vehicle were at the centre of the snowball that crushed the American and then the global economy and property market...
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Miami is emerging as the prime US spot for property investment, driving the trend for rising prices across Florida. Colordarcy.com claims that condominium prices increased by 19.3 per cent year-on-year...
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Commercial property in the US is performing well across all sectors, according to Moody's/RCA Commercial Property Price Indices (CPPI). Prices have climbed by 28 per cent since the dark days of January 2010...
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There looks set to be more real estate investment opportunities in USA, with Freddie Mac posting positive growth figures in the third quarter 2012...
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Student accommodation has now emerged as a mainstream global investment category, according to new research from Jones Lang LaSalle. The market now presents a significant investment opportunity for developers and private operators alike...
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The Asian property markets have been making the headlines for the wrong reasons more often than right lately, but even in the face of government cooling measures and continued economic uncertainty, we are still seeing rising prices...
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Student housing investment is now one of the top sectors across both sides of the Atlantic according to the latest data from IPD and other sources here and in the US...
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The extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in the US has yet to be calculated but the country's property market is already ready preparing for a rocky road ahead. Despite the recovery experienced in real estate this year...
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A haunted home in the US could be a good property investment project, according to one expert...
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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...
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There are many reasons why buying an investment property in the UK is appealing to investors from overseas, particularly those within the eurozone...
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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...
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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)...
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Recovering global property markets have prompted renewed impetus to transparency improvements following a slowdown in progress during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009...
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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...
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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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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...
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Now is not a good time to have loads of cash. Soaring inflation in most places, volatile exchange rates and atrocious interest rates are causing cash to devalue at a rate not seen in my lifetime...
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The commercial property markets in Manhattan continue to outperform many other cities in the US. Research published by Cushman & Wakefield revealed that vacancy rates were slightly higher in the third quarter of this year...
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The fundamentals of both the US's commercial and residential property sectors are improving, despite the wider economic issues facing the country...
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US home prices rose 1.6% month on month in July according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index. But more importantly all 20 cities measured by the index recorded positively monthly changes for the 3rd straight month...
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Banks in Europe have been continuing to dispose of property assets in 2012, with transactions worth a total of EUR 7.5 billion (GBP 5.9 billion) being completed so far this year...
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Real estate markets in the world's leading cities have been supported by domestic demand, with this proving to be a crucial factor in their continued strong performance...
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US house prices, including distressed sales, increased by 3.8% in the year ending July 2012, the biggest increase in price since the dizzy heights of August 2006...
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The chances are you will already have heard some of the mounting evidence to suggest that the US housing market is bottoming, and probably some of those reports that pour water on the optimism...
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The most recent construction output index published by Glenigan revealed non-residential building work in the UK was down by three per cent in July, compared to the same month a year earlier...
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Home prices in 20 US cities have risen on a year on year basis for the first time since 2010, when the government tax credit gave the market a temporary respite...
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Poor jobs creation and limited access to financing have resulted in the recovery of US commercial real estate slowing down. This is the finding of a new report published by the National Association of Realtors...
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According to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey, investors were responsible for 21.9 per cent of house sales in America in July...
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According to the National Association of Realtors sales of existing homes grew by 2.3% on the month in July and were 10.4% higher than July 2011 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.47 million units...
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Things are looking up for retail real estate assets in the US, as consumer spending growth has helped boost the sector. Jones Lang LaSalle revealed several factors combined to bring greater stability...
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In the UK, the supply of distressed real estate far outstrips demand, according to Rics, which may go at least part of the way to explaining why the UK's recovery is lagging behind the US...
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The latest news shows that the number of building applications rose to a four year high in July, as builders took out 812000 building permits, more than at any point since August 2008. This is well above...
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Office markets around the world displayed some signs of marginal improvement during the second quarter of the year, but were relatively flat over the course of the first six months of 2012...
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There was a modest improvement in the volume of capital invested into global real estate markets during the second quarter of this year...
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Some 55% of properties purchased by foreigners in America are now purchased by Chinese buyers according to a new report. The data shows that Chinese buyers invested a whopping $9 billion dollars...
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The recovery in the global real estate market is slowing after a surge forward in 2011 according to the latest release of Jones Lang La Salle's Global Market Perspectives report...
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Although a few countries - most notably Canada, Thailand and China - had a strong second quarter of the year, there was a general weakening in sentiment across the majority of the commercial real estate markets...
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The apartment hotels (or apart-hotels) sector in the UK is growing, but it still has a long way to go before it catches up with the US market...
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The closeness of relations between the US and UK depends on the government of the day and the feelings of the public, but it is hard to miss the similarities between the two in the recent bust and now in the subsequent rental booms...
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The amount of money invested in real estate markets worldwide increased quarter-on-quarter during the three months from April to June...
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Evidence continues to mount that the US housing market is not only bottoming but is passed bottom and currently well up the recovery road...
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The number of lease deals signed for space in Manhattan increased in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the first three months of this year...
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New data released by research firm Reis shows just how strong demand for rental property in the US is, especially apartments. According to the firm apartment vacancy rates fell by a further 20 basis points on the quarter...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The hotel investment sector in the US is performing well so far in 2012, with the average value of single-asset transactions up by five per cent...
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According to the latest reports rents and occupancy figures continue to increase strongly in the sector, including the 2.2% growth in rents year on year in Q1 recorded...
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The latest round of data on US housing has even more signs that the market has indeed bottomed and is travelling back up, and not just any old data but including official data from the Commerce Department...
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When investing in the Forex market, there are a lot of different factors that can affect the condition of the market overall. While many different factors combine to affect the prices of current affairs in the market...
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According to a new report from the Moody's investment service, the US commercial property recovery has slowed in the past 3 months. The firm puts it down to continued concerns over the EU debt crisis...
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Prime global cities in the 'old world' have outperformed their 'new world' counterparts in the latest Savills World Cities Review. Looking back at the final six months of 2011, the firm revealed property prices in destinations it classes as old world - London, New York, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo...
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A recovery is underway in the US residential real estate market, with The Demand Institute predicting property prices in the nation will rise by one per cent before 2012 draws to a close...
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Hotels in Miami are becoming an increasingly popular real estate investment option, new figures have revealed. According to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, transaction volumes are expected to reach USD 650 million...
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The retail sector is beginning to rebound in certain parts of the world, according to one real estate expert. Speaking during a Property webinar...
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Global funds have been quick to seize on the new increase in opportunities to invest in commercial property deals in China, as cash-strapped developers sell-off assets to survive the current slowdown...
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If the Asian property boom were a man, it would be one of those guys you see on the televised body building competitions, ripped, rippled and pumped but just a little bit grrr at the same time. If it were a novel...
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According to the latest survey of the US commercial real estate market by the National Association of Realtors, while the commercial investment market showed signs of recovery in 2011 it was hampered by tight lending in the lower end of the market...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The vacancy rates across all classes of US properties either remained stable or fell slightly during the first quarter of 2012...
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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...
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More good news for buy to let investors as leading US property portal Zillow reports the rental sector is continuing to outperform the rest of the market. In its real estate market report for February, Zillow records a 2% growth in median rents across the US...
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In the latest sign that the US housing market is indeed entering recovery proper, the latest data from Corelogic shows rising prices in the full price segment (excluding distressed and repossessed sales)...
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The recovery in US commercial real estate markets continued in the first quarter of 2012, but at a slower rate than in the previous three-month period...
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Chinese buyers are flooding into the American property market as it continues to show signs that it has bottomed. According to the latest data Chinese nationals are now the second biggest foreign buyers in America after Canadians...
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The volume of investment flowing into European real estate markets in 2012 is expected to be four per cent higher than it was in 2011...
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The Irish property market may be about to finally get some respite from its 5 year illness according to the latest data. A new report from the largest Irish property portal daft.ie shows that houses are selling quicker and at higher asking prices...
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When the US financial crisis started to show its true global teeth, all the talk of markets being immune to it quickly died...
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There has been a general consensus that investment in US property grew strongly last year, and now we have hard data backing it up...
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The outlook for global commercial real estate markets appears to be brighter, while there are indications leasing activity is picking up around the world...
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According to the NAR foreclosures fell across the country from 2.8% in July 2011 to 2.7% in December, but the drops were much more pronounced in the areas...
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The Chinese housing market and wider economy will descend into a soft landing according to a senior official with the International Monetary Fund with in-depth knowledge of the Chinese economy...
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Locations in the US sunbelt are expected to outperform other US destinations in terms of economic growth and their real estate markets over the next six to 12 months...
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In the latest release of its Market View report Cushman and Wakefield have predicted that the performance of commercial real estate in 2012 will be a reverse mirror image of 2011...
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The second half of 2012 will be much better for global real estate markets than the first six months of this year, demonstrating a reversal of the trends witnessed in this sector over the course of 2011...
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With the Indian economy still growing and the massive and growing population, this policy led to a revival in the housing market and the fortunes of its benefactors...
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Investors from the US and Canada are the driving force behind European cross-border investment. According to research conducted by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), nearly one-third (30 per cent) of all commercial real estate transactions...
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US banks have increased lending on commercial properties in the fourth quarter of last year. The first such increase since Q1 2010 comes on the back of falling default rates and banks successfully offloading foreclosed property...
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The fundamentals of the US commercial property market are showing signs of improvement, with vacancy rates expected to drop over the coming year...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Real Estate Investment Trusts dominated the market with 50% of acquisitions according to the data. Experts are predicting that New York will remain the strongest market in the world for hotel investment this year...
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Fuelled by exceptional growth in retail property and low-rise apartment investment, American commercial property investment grew 57% year on year in 2011 according to the latest data from Real Capital Analytics...
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Research released this month revealed a significant jump in the amount of investment from private equity (PE) firms being ploughed into India's real estate markets...
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In the last few months several separate sources have put US housing affordability at a 30 year high, and prices were even getting so low as to make buying cheaper than renting...
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Many people feel like - "if I hear one more commentator say it's a mixed bag I am going to shoot him/her and then myself", but there is no other way to describe it. In fact it is so mixed...
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Real estate investors stateside are becoming more confident. The UK and the US have held hands so many times during the international financial crisis, showing similar trends at similar times...
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The US apartment sector is known to be outperforming on the US commercial scene, even after the recent pick-up across all sectors is taken into consideration...
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At the tail end of last year the team at CB Richard Ellis Econometrics Advisors released a mini-report titled We'll Have to Muddle Through Somehow, in which they gave a prediction that 2012 would be "slightly better" than 2011...
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US REITs are all set to go on a buying spree in 2012 according to experts. Data from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts shows that REITs raised a record amount of equity in 2011...
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At the beginning of December, the Financial Times reported that Lloyds Banking Group had opened discussions with US private equity group Lone Star about selling off GBP 900 million of distressed real estate loans....
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Last year's Housing Humbug Report covered a number of points, many of which will make an appearance again this year of course – but first, was I right?
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The US and UK housing markets have experienced many similar trends during the financial crisis; with both experiencing the same trends, usually one followed by the other...
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There is the possibility that hoteliers in Thailand will increase their room rates next year, it has been reported. The Bangkok Post recently highlighted predictions made by US firm Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which anticipates the cost of staying in a Thai hotel to rise by up to 20 per cent in 2012....
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Research released earlier this year highlighted the influx of international investment into London's financial district, indicating that more overseas investors are targeting this part of the capital's real estate industry...
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Investors targeting US capital markets are less inclined towards risk in their portfolio than they were earlier in the year...
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The value of US commercial real estate rose in August compared to the previous month, new research shows...
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Investment activity in the US commercial real estate sector has fallen back during the third quarter of the year, new research shows. Bloomberg cited the preliminary figures released by Real Capital Analytics...
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New York has received more investment in commercial property than any other destination in the world so far this year. According to figures published by Cushman and Wakefield, the US city saw investment rise by 165 per cent in the nine months to September....
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New research carried out by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in the US has revealed that green office buildings can not only command higher rents than their older counterparts, but also tend to have better occupancy rates....
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Despite being one of Europe's (PIIGs) most heavily indebted countries, and well wrapped up in the whole sovereign debt crises, Italian pooled funds have posted some pretty decent returns in the first half of this year.
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The 2011 Colliers International Global Investor Sentiment Survey has found that more than 80 per cent of US real estate investors are intending to increase the size of their property portfolios over the coming six months....
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DTZ has revised its estimations on the amount of capital that will be available to invest in global real estate markets in 2012...
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There are indications that a rebound in commercial real estate markets in the US is happening, a group of experts has revealed. A letter written by the Federal Reserve Bank...
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A group of US real estate companies has come together to trail a programme in New York to help make the city's office space more environmentally-friendly...
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The global market for residential real estate has reached its weakest point since 2009, new research published by Knight Frank has revealed...
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Australia's economic fundamentals are strong enough to warrant a forecast of strong growth for the country's property market in the long-term...
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Office rents in the Americas region have posted their first positive three months of growth, both on an annual and quarterly basis, since the third quarter of 2010...
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Businesses and global investors alike are drawn to property in the centre of the UK's capital because it is "one of the most desirable destinations in the world", according to one real estate expert...
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The latest figures published in the Knight Frank Global House Price Index for the second quarter of the year indicate that growth in capital values has stalled...
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Global commercial property has been cited by one industry expert as one component of a diversified investment portfolio that should not be overlooked...
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Overall, housing markets around the world were weaker over the course of the year that ended in the second quarter than in the previous 12 months...
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Following the announcement earlier this month that Standard and Poor's had downgraded the US's credit rating from its AAA status to AA+, global markets tumbled, with billions of dollars wiped off the price of stocks and shares around the world...
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The commercial real estate sector in the US has been impacted by the country's low level of economic growth, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has warned. The organisation moderated its predictions for the coming months due to the slowdown in the economy and poor job creation figures...
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The latest figures published by STR Global have shown that the European hotel industry posted growth during July when compared to the same month last year...
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The new rules on leases being proposed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) will have a noticeable effect on the way in which business is conducted...
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Germany's property investment market is considered to be "stable and prosperous" among investors, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has revealed...
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New figures published by Jones Lang LaSalle have revealed that the highest volume of investment in commercial property transactions took place in New York...
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Global real estate investors will be faced with challenges in the short term as a result of market volatility, a panel of experts has asserted...
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Commercial real estate investors are seeking out "less risky types of investments" due to the market volatility...
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Boston has been named as the best US college city for investors this year by Move, Inc. The company has put together a list detailing the top options for those looking to put their money into real estate...
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The latest US housing data published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has revealed that property prices in metropolitan areas...
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Residential real estate values in the US rose in June, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index. The research organisation revealed that prices were up 0.7 per cent compared to May...
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Investors from outside the US could stand to profit from the current state of the country's property markets, one sector commentator has claimed. Ken Wood, a real estate expert from New Zealand, urged buyers to look into the opportunities on offer....
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According to the FTSE EPRA/Nareit index European REITs returned 7.89% in the first half of this year, while American REITs returned 0.76% during the same period...
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Property owners in the US are overvaluing their homes, new research has revealed. A study carried out by Zillow discovered that those who made a purchase in 2007 or later are...
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Commercial property is outperforming the residential sector in the US, new research has revealed...
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The only way is up for US house prices, according to one real estate expert in the country...
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Sales volumes of Manhattan apartments rose in the second quarter of the year compared to the first three months of 2011, new figures show...
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The office market in Hong Kong recovered more quickly from the economic downturn than its counterparts in New York and London...
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The Buy to Let sector in the UK has suffered during the economic downturn, with lending restrictions, repossessions and unemployment all taking their toll on the market...
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An increasing number of investors are looking at the property and infrastructure sectors to bolster their portfolios, an executive at Deutsche Bank's alternative asset management division - now known as RREEF - has revealed...
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Hotels in London experienced a 17 per cent increase in their profitability in May, compared with the same month in 2010, new figures have revealed...
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The markets in Asia, Brazil and the US are attracting the most attention from those seeking property investments, it has been revealed. During the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit, a number of experts offered their opinions on which nations offer the best prospects....
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People considering property investments in the US may be encouraged by one analyst's assertion that the country's housing market will start improving later this year...
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The Australian housing market is beginning to feel the struggles that the United States and Europe have already been feeling for several years now...
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Attracted by the promise of bargain prices, an influx of Canadian buyers are driving real estate sales in the US...
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While price growth for property in Asia continues to dominate the headlines, Knight Frank's recent Prime Global Cites Index has indicated that investors can enjoy capital growth a little closer to home....
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Commercial property investment, in its various forms is a better bet now than it has been for years, and especially than it was during the boom...
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Residential property values in the US declined by 4.2 per cent during the first three months of the year, following a 3.6 per cent drop at the end of 2010. This is according to data released by Standard and Poor's for its S and P/Case-Shiller 1 Home Price Indices...
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A recent increase in sales of commercial property loan securities in the US has led to some experts feeling cautiously optimistic. It is thought that the increase could have far reaching benefits, including strengthening bank balance-sheets...
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A new report has highlighted the popularity of the US as a property investment destination for foreign buyers. International purchases shot up USD 16 billion this year...
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Commercial property prices in the US fell to a post-recession low during March, with sales of financially-distressed assets having a negative impact on the market...
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The global real estate market has been given an upbeat forecast, with both developed and emerging markets said to be offering investors the potential to collect healthy returns...
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Investor sentiment surrounding the US real estate market appears to be low. More than half of property owners and renters in the country (54 per cent) believe that the sector will not fully recover until at least 2014....
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Buy to Let has been haunting the UK press with much gusto in recent months for many reasons. Mortgage lenders have been citing a rise in lending and subsequently new mortgage products in a bid to "cope" with rising demand in the arena...
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Institutional investors have overtaken publicly-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) as the largest buyers of US office buildings in the first three months of the year...
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Canadian-based real estate investors were among the most active in the world during the first three months of 2011, a new study by Jones Lang LaSalle has revealed...
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The European commercial property investment scene has begun to take an increasing share of the limelight as it finds its recovery legs...
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The recovery is severely fragmented, with some countries seeing capital growth, some seeing incomes increase, and almost all seeing rents either stagnant or falling. One thing that is nearly constant however is a strong growth in investment returns...
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The positive 1st quarter growth enjoyed by REITs was surprising to many, given the slightly negative returns in March. The FTSE NAREIT All Equity Index fell 1.28% on the month, and the All REITs Index fell 1.38%. This was against a 0.04% increase in the S and P 500.
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British property buyers are finding that the falling value of sterling is having a profound impact on their incomes...
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While the traditionally strong property markets of Latin America and Asia are performing well, emerging markets are continuing to post further improvements....
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After more than 10 years since the infamous BRICs Report by Jim O'Neil of Goldman Sachs – the latest "next big thing" to invest in according to one research house is MINT...
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Some USD 440 billion is expected to be transacted across global real estate markets this year, according to the latest forecast by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). If reached, the figure will be the highest amount reached since 2007....
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After a couple of jolly busy weeks, what with the barrage of Easter egg hunts, followed by a series of Royal knees-ups, and of course hunting down Osama Bin Laden, there has been little space in the news for anything really relating to property at all...
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Following a period of decline in the wake of the global financial crisis, Dubai is making a comeback as a real estate investment destination...
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Confidence in real estate both in the UK and abroad remains high, with 56 per cent of individuals questioned by the Worldwide Property Group believing that now is a good time to buy overseas...
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With property prices in many US cities currently standing at historic lows, a growing number of wealthy Americans are looking to take advantage of residential real estate in the country....
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Australian investors remain uncertain about the long-term prospects for the country's property market, with many citing the elevated home prices in the region as a key concern....
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Now, in Europe we have commercial properties being sold at severely depressed prices, especially malls, and especially in those countries mired by the sovereign debt crisis.
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A growing number of North American property investors are looking at the opportunities available to them within the regain's much-maligned residential market....
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Just two metropolitan areas of the US witnessed positive year-on-year house price gains, the latest Standard and Poor's S and P/Case-Shiller Home Price report has revealed....
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Commercial property rents in the US are expected to reach their former peak levels by 2015, a recent forecast has suggested. Growth in warehouse and office rates is expected to drive the rebound, RREEF said....
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Growing investor confidence in commercial real estate market in the US has been highlighted with the results of a recent survey. The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Real Estate Investor Survey has suggested that many buyers believe that the sector is slowly recovering....
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US real estate has delivered its third strongest annual returns of the last decade during 2010, at 14.2 per cent. Measured by the IPD US Annual Property Index, the result indicates a substantial turnaround in the market following 2009...
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Investor interest in Asia Pacific property was up last year, with upmarket property group Savills reporting a near doubling of profits. The firm's Asia Pacific arm delivered an "outstanding performance" with revenues up 33 per cent to a record GBP 280 million...
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Experts are predicting that 2011 will be a strong year for Real Estate Investment Trusts, (REITs) and particularly for those running Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).
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US Real Estate Investment Trusts have purchased USD 24 billion worth of properties in the last 12 months. This is more than triple what they spent in the 12 months previous, and commercial property transactions as a whole were twice as high in 2010 as in 2009, as the US market continues to turn bullish.
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Confidence in the overseas property market remains high, according to the latest results of the Worldwide Property Group tracker survey. According to the study, 77 per cent of respondents feel that this is also a good time to make a foreign property acquisition....
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Recovery across the worlds' property markets in 2011 is set to continue, with improving performance driven primarily by occupier markets, according to a new report by Cushman and Wakefield. Unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes, the forecast notes that an increasing focus on the occupier will be a core characteristic within the sector...
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Below market value (or BMV as it has become known) has always been the coveted golden chalice for most investors over the years - the very idea that one can invest in a "bargain" investment for less than it is worth and theoretically gain an instant profit in the process...
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The US property market posted improvements for the third month in a row in line with economic improvements and a strengthening jobs market, the National Association of Realtors has claimed. According to the firm, existing home sales increased by....
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Office property continues to make up the largest proportion of inter-regional investment around the world, with 58 per cent of all transactions for that asset class....
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US-based real estate investment trusts (REITs) have poured USD 24 billion into commercial property in the country over the course of the past 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg...
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Permits for new residential homes in the US fell by 10.4 per cent during January, figures released by the Commerce Department's US Census Bureau have revealed....
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Property is considered to be a better investment than gold, shares, currency and savings, the results of a new survey have found. The latest research from the Worldwide Property Group has suggested that investor confidence is starting to return, with 69 per cent of the opinion that now is a good time to purchase real estate abroad....
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Home values in the US will continue their decline until the middle of 2011 before starting on the road to recovery in the final six months of the year, a new poll conducted by Reuters has suggested. Canvassing the opinion of 26 of the leading US-based economists, over half said that they believe that the market would hit bottom this year in either the second or third-quarter....
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For the third consecutive month, US commercial real estate prices saw their value rise in November, as the economy showed signs of recovery. According to data released by Moody's Investors Services, prices climbed by a further 0.6 per cent over the course of the month compared to October...
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Globally investor confidence is swinging towards emerging markets, with many prospective buyers unsure about the future prospects of more developed nations. In Gallup International's Global Barometer of Hope and Despair, Brazil, China and India emerged as having the most upbeat populations....
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Globally the total level of direct real estate investment is expected to grow by 20 per cent by the end of 2011, with the resurgence in activity led primarily by a rebound in interest in the US property market....
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Quite why certain areas of the banking fraternity are hyping the concept that China will crash seems a little unclear, not just when you consider the facts of how the Chinese view investment, but also how large some of the caveats these so-called banking experts have added to their "investment ideas".
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Commercial property market recovery in Canada was "moderate-to-strong" last year, with some markets performing better than expected, new research has shown. However, the in the US, selected markets posted minor improvements while full recovery was elusive....
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Investors from Asia and Europe are expected to bolster housing sales in Central Florida in 2011, with many looking to take advantage of the "undervalued" property that is on the market. Florida house prices are bottoming out and international property buyers look like reviving the Florida housing market this year, Stirling Sotheby's International Realty has claimed....
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Direct investment from foreign buyers in China soared to its highest level ever last year, new figures have officially revealed. The news highlights the growing confidence and sentiment held in the country's economy, despite the government implementing a number of cooling measures last year....
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Property has been named as the best place for individuals to invest their cash in 2011. Results from the latest confidence tracker survey by Worldwide Property Group have found that a massive 72 per cent of respondents believe it to be the number one investment option....
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Worldwide investors continue to look to Asia and emerging markets for the best returns, a new survey has found....
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Commercial properties in the US have been found to offer the best prospects for foreign investment, according to the results of a recent report....
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According to the latest Moody's/REAL Commercial Property Price Index, US commercial property prices rose 1.3 per cent in October from the previous month, the second consecutive month of growth....
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As we approach the end of 2010 the industry experts start forecasting their market predictions for the year ahead. We have taken a closer look at five of the property industry reports....
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A growing number of foreign buyers are looking to the US market for investment opportunities, with Florida the favoured destination. Real estate agents in Miami have reported an influx of buyers from Europe, South America and Canada as prices in the state remain at rock bottom....
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The term "Multi-Family Homes" has existed in the US for a number of years now and the sector has proven to be very well established in its own right. With the downturn in UK property prices, the concept is now starting make headway in the UK....
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The level of real estate transactions picked up during the third quarter in Asia, new figures show. Direct investment excluding land transactions in the region grew by 53 per cent compared to the previous quarter suggesting that confidence is returning to buyers....
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Homes in the US are set to drop in value significantly by the end of the year, a new report has suggested. In total, residential prices will have fallen by USD 1.9 trillion when the year closes....
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The revelation that Qatar is to host the 2022 FIFA football World Cup has proved to be a blessing for real estate and construction firms in the Gulf region. A number of developers are already working in the Gulf state and others in the region are hoping to get some of the action from the tournament....
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A growing number of Chinese-based investors are beginning to target real estate funds - switching their attention from domestic urban residential investments to strategic assets in advanced economies, IPE reports....
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High taxes in Canada are acting as a barrier to potential commercial real estate investors, it has been claimed. According to a new study by Cushman and Wakefield property tax services, the charges make up a "massive 53 per cent of commercial property rents", the Toronto Star reports....
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According to the results of a recent survey, confidence is increasing among affluent investors in the US. The TNS Investor Confidence Index rose to 116 in October, which is its highest level since hitting 129 during the peak years of 2007....
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According to the latest DTZ Fair Value Index, European real estate markets now offer more attractive returns to investors. The consultant has claimed that the number of "hot markets" has increased from 20 to 23 during the third quarter of 2010 The number of "cold markets" has fallen from 21 to 14....
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Commercial property prices in the US have enjoyed their biggest growth in over a decade of records, new data has found. According to Moody's Investor Service, on average the asset class rose in value by 4....
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An increasing number of real estate investors will be looking to take advantage of the distressed property market during the fourth quarter of this year as banks start to take a tougher line on failing loans....
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Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has claimed that global office vacancy rates will start to trend downwards during 2011, with many of the world's "high-order" markets firmly within the rental upswing phase....
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Around the world numerous indices have informed us about the strength of the commercial property market and the strong recovery it has made since the global economic downturn.And in New Zealand, the latest figures are no exception, with the Investment Property Databank (IPD) informing prospective buyers that overall the sector recorded an 8....
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The emerging markets of Brazil and Mexico offer real estate speculators the potential to enjoy a significant return on investment, it has been suggested. According to the Americas edition of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011 report published by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) US and the Urban Land Institute, the two countries account for two-thirds of Latin America's population and the majority of its "growth dynamics", IPE....
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Following a relaxation of currency exchange controls in South Africa, there has been a sharp rise in the number of wealthy locals looking to invest in overseas markets. In particular, buyers have been looking to take advantage of distressed opportunities in Spain and Florida, NewsTime reports....
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US commercial properties are continuing to post improvements in their value, despite the uncertain economic conditions in the country. According to Investment Property Databank's (IPD) US Quarterly Property Index, the asset class has seen capital growth of 3....
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A new breed of real estate investor has emerged over the past few years, it has been claimed. Favouring safe secondary markets over more risky emerging ones, they are looking for quality, high levels of customer service and long-term stability....
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International investors are increasingly being drawn to Australian real investment estate trusts (REITs) thanks to the quality of assets and stable economy in the country. But, analysts claim that despite the attractiveness of the trusts many buyers are facing problems due to the strength of the AUD....
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High unemployment levels and rising personal debt are helping to contribute to a slowdown in growth of the US property market. Capital Economics has claimed that these factors are helping to dissuade individuals from making purchases in the sector despite record-low mortgage rates....
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Emerging markets around the world are expected to benefit from an increase in international investment, it has been reported. National Real Estate Investor explains that large, rapidly developing countries such as Mexico, China and India are poised to exit the recession with a degree of economic confidence....
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Middle Eastern real estate investors are becoming increasingly prevalent in the US property market, it has been claimed. In total, there has been a 140 per cent jump in the amount of real estate purchased by Middle Eastern investors this year compared to last....
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Commercial real estate located in emerging countries has been found to be outperforming its more established counterparts. And, according to the latest global survey from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), this trend is likely to continue....
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Once upon a time the financial world was a peaceful place, occupied by bespectacled accountants, bean counters and number crunchers. If you wanted to know how much your house might be worth, you asked an estate agent, and then you went and asked someone in the same street who had their house up for sale (or had recently sold it)....
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Investors are beginning to return to the global hotel market following the economic downturn, new research has claimed. Indeed, transactions over the course of the year are expected to hit USD18 billion, up 85 per cent in terms of volume compared to 2009....
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Last month we asked in an open poll on the site "If you had 100,000 GBP (or the equivalent) to invest in property right now, which continent would you invest in?"...
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Momentum is continuing to build in the Americas market, with transaction levels up by 12 per cent quarter-on-quarter. In particular, the US and Brazil have posted the strongest growth over the period, new research has found....
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Searches for overseas property have fallen sharply during September, new figures have shown. According to the latest report from Rightmove Overseas, overall foreign property searches dropped by 17 per cent over the course of the month....
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An ever-increasing number of Chinese property investors are looking to broaden their portfolios with property outside of their home country. The news comes as the Chinese government begins to implement yet more tightening measures on the sector, which are restricting domestic opportunities....
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Buyers looking to purchase an overseas property for lifestyle reasons are unlikely to base their decision on fluctuations in the currency market it has been claimed. According to Robin Wilson, head of overseas at Righmove, personal circumstances are more important than economic strength....
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According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the current economic downturn could last anything up to eight years. As such the body has claimed that the prospects for the global property market are looking "dismal"....
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An increasing number of real estate investors believe that now is a good time to buy international property, a new survey has found. The Worldwide Property Group has revealed that in its September confidence tracker study 73 per cent of respondents believe that market conditions are favourable....
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An increase in the number of foreclosed commercial real estate units will lead to an increase in sales in the US property market next year, investors have claimed. The Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011 survey found that activity is likely to increase as buyers take advantage of low prices....
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Real estate sellers in the US are cutting the asking prices on almost half the properties available for sale in 26 markets across the country, research has found. As a result an increasing number of real estate investors from Europe, South America, Asia, Russia and the Middle East are coming to the country in the hope of securing a bargain....
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The latest index released by CB Richard Ellis shows that there was a 24 per cent increase in the volume of commercial real estate sales in Europe in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2009....
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The property market in Asia has been touted as the best performing in the world at present and the latest data from DTZ shows that this trend is continuing. Indeed, the property consultant has revealed that Singapore's real estate market surged during the third quarter of the year....
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Investing in property in the US has been described as a "winner". Real estate portal Property Abroad has claimed that current low prices in the country can "only go up over the terms of the investment"....
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The latest data from Rightmove and Moneycorp suggests that investors have been following the sunshine when it comes to searching for property. Indeed, the organisations reported a 12 per cent growth in searches for homes compared to July....
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New research has found interest in buying overseas property to be at its highest level since April this year. The study, conducted by UK-based Worldwide Property Group, found that 72 per cent of respondents are of the belief that now is a good time to purchase real estate....
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Commercial property investors in the US who have not witnessed the expected deluge of distressed real estate enter the market are focussing their attention on quality assets. This is according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Korpacz Real Estate Investors survey....
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Property investors in Europe had the highest volumes of cross-border activity during the first half of 2010, new research has found. Financial and professional service firm Jones Lang LaSalle claims that over 54 per cent of all European transactions conducted in the first six months of the year were cross-border....
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With an increasing amount of distressed property making its way on to the US market, we take a look at one of the major contributors to the housing crisis. What is a sub-prime mortgage?
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At last some substantial signs of a turnaround in the US property markets! Reports published by the NAR (National Association of Realtors) show substantial positive advances across a number of areas in the US housing markets during March.
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With Forbes having released its Worlds Billionaires List, we thought we would take a peek and see who, if anyone, had made it into the top 50 using property investment as their main source of wealth, given the global downturn in the property markets.
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We have all seen or been offered various investment opportunities over the years, most are still available, some disappear only to be re-invented in a new guise, and of course there are those that are labeled as investments by over enthusiastic snake-oil salesmen.
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