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IPIN Live - Archived posts for March 2012

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Friday30Mar2012

As the Chinese housing market continues to "cool", the newly elected leader of Hong Kong has stated his intention to go even further to cool the Hong Kong housing market, by building middle-class housing for residents only...

Friday30Mar2012

Despite concerns that announcements made by chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech last week (March 21st) will deter high net worth individuals (HNWIs) from investing in prime London property, one real estate expert does not believe the tax changes will have a significant impact...

Thursday29Mar2012

Paris is now the biggest real estate investment destination in Europe, having overtaken London in the second half of last year according to new data released by CB Richard Ellis...

Thursday29Mar2012

The UK's private rented sector (PRS) offers numerous property investment opportunities, particularly as one in five households is expected to be leasing their home by 2016...

Wednesday28Mar2012

Irish house prices are still falling and worse, they are falling faster. According to official data from the central statistics office residential property prices in Ireland were down by 17.8%...

Wednesday28Mar2012

Student property could be one of the most lucrative real estate investment opportunities available at present, with the sector continuing to exhibit strong rental growth, largely due to an imbalance in supply and demand...

Tuesday27Mar2012

A large amount of wealth will continue to move from overseas countries into Australia; this will largely be impacted by the demand from China for the natural resources within the Australian continent...

Tuesday27Mar2012

The outlook for global commercial real estate markets appears to be brighter, while there are indications leasing activity is picking up around the world...

Monday26Mar2012

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...

Monday26Mar2012

The UK's hotel market is expected to remain broadly stable over the course of 2012, although establishments in London will outperform their regional counterparts, due in part to the anticipated boost from both the Olympic Games and the queen's diamond jubilee celebrations...

Friday23Mar2012

Proof that one of the top men in banking in the UK has no idea on how the housing market works. A man that is responsible for advising the government on mortgage lending policies and yet has repeatedly made outlandish statements to the press, the government, and is still employed at the Bank of England...

Friday23Mar2012

The 2012 budget revealed by Chancellor George Osborne contained relatively little that would affect the housing or property market, because this was all covered in an earlier housing strategy document...

Friday23Mar2012

Nigeria is one of the MINT economies, and while its economy was affected by the international financial crisis, the effect was minimal, and the effect on the property market even smaller...

Friday23Mar2012

In his Budget speech yesterday (March 21st) chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime...

Thursday22Mar2012

Amsterdam is to be a hotel investment hotspot in 2012 according to international real estate consultancy Savills, as a stream of new hotels are set to come online across all cost sectors...

Thursday22Mar2012

Prime yields across all UK commercial property sectors remained stable in February, with the current levels expected to be supported this year by an imbalance in supply and demand for the most sought-after real estate assets.

Wednesday21Mar2012

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...

Wednesday21Mar2012

Turkey suffered like practically everyone else as the international financial crisis first rolled in. In fact the Turkish economy contracted by almost 5% in 2009...

Wednesday21Mar2012

The cost of leasing retail space in the prime areas of Europe's major cities is stable, despite deteriorating consumer sentiment as a result of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis...

Tuesday20Mar2012

The housing market is in a right old state in the UK at the moment and try as they might, the comedy coalition government just don't seem to be able to get it right. Not that this is a particularly new feature of a UK government...

Tuesday20Mar2012

Mexico emerged from the financial crisis well. The recession officially ended with a 2.3% quarter on quarter growth in Q4 2009, although GDP was still down 6.5% year on year...

Tuesday20Mar2012

There are growing regional disparities between European office markets, with the central business districts (CBDs) in cities such as Athens, Dublin and Madrid...

Monday19Mar2012

The fact that many first time buyers have been forced to rent has helped fuel the recent rent rises, but as with all similar policies to get them back, the stamp duty concession brought a short term rush...

Monday19Mar2012

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...

Friday16Mar2012

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...

Friday16Mar2012

The serviced apartment market in the UK is performing well and has the potential for future growth, making it an attractive property investment opportunity...

Thursday15Mar2012

Commercial real estate continued to outperform all other sectors at the pan-European level in 2011 according to the latest release of data from CBRE's European Valuation Monitor (EVM)...

Thursday15Mar2012

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...

Wednesday14Mar2012

Throughout 2011 Queensland property sales fell heavily. With a myriad of adverse factors taking a toll on the market, sales volumes just snapped. In fact, the sales volume could not match the depreciated property values...

Wednesday14Mar2012

According to the latest data from CB Richard Ellis, commercial property values in the UK fell slightly in February over January, but experts believe it is more likely a short-term blip...

Wednesday14Mar2012

The picture in regional office markets in the UK will begin to improve over the course of 2012, following a largely poor 2011...

Tuesday13Mar2012

This week has seen the launch of the government's latest attempt to get beleaguered first time buyers buying again, or rather at this juncture we should say to turn some of the young long-term renters back into first time buyers...

Tuesday13Mar2012

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...

Tuesday13Mar2012

Hotels in London are expected to experience capital growth of 3.9 per cent during 2012. This is the assertion of Savills, with the firm anticipating continued strong interest from overseas buyers in the four and five-star hotel sector...

Monday12Mar2012

As the Italian economy comes apart at the seams, wealthy Italians have overtaken Russian's as the biggest foreign buyers of prime property in London, a title held by Russians for several years...

Monday12Mar2012

The new Crossrail routes in London will have a "dramatic effect" on the value of residential property in the areas close to the new transport links...

Friday09Mar2012

European housing markets could finally see a sustained recovery in 2013 according to a new study by ratings agency Standard and Poor's. In the report, aptly titled "The Eurozone Crisis May Loosen Its Grip On The Housing Market" the firm asserts...

Friday09Mar2012

The amount of cash expected to be made available for global commercial property investments has fallen by six per cent in 2012, compared to the capital on offer in the middle of last year..

Thursday08Mar2012

As tensions rise between local Chinese authorities and central government over the property curbs, Premier Wen Jiabao has reiterated that China will continue with the curbs until housing is brought down to a reasonable price...

Thursday08Mar2012

There is always much speculation over which real estate investment markets will attract the most interest each year...

Wednesday07Mar2012

Hotel investment volumes in Manhattan doubled last year compared to 2010 according to the latest release of data on the sector from CB Richard Ellis...

Wednesday07Mar2012

Investment activity in the hotels sector in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region increased in 2011 compared to the previous year...

Tuesday06Mar2012

Prepare for the harsh reality about one of most frequently cited phrases in recent times and why it is the most useless piece of statistical data since someone worked out how many particles of fog will fit on a teaspoon...

Tuesday06Mar2012

The UK residential sector is currently undergoing the start of what could become a permanent change to the way houses in the UK are rented...

Tuesday06Mar2012

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...

Monday05Mar2012

More dark clouds on the horizon of the UK's unprecedented countrywide rental boom as a new report reveals a 17% growth in private tenancy evictions since 2007...

Monday05Mar2012

A rise in the number of attractive real estate investment opportunities was recorded in the final quarter of 2011, with prime assets continuing to offer the best returns...

Friday02Mar2012

Russia's property market (like everything else in the country) has more than its fair share of ups and downs in the last few years, but right now it is definitely in an up...

Friday02Mar2012

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...

Friday02Mar2012

The volume of global commercial property transactions climbed in 2011 to hit USD 727 billion (GBP 457 billion). According to Cushman & Wakefield, this represents a 14 per cent increase over 2010, while the number of sales completed...

Thursday01Mar2012

Irish house prices continue to fall at an alarming rate. According to the latest data from the Central Statistics Office house prices across the country fell by a further 17.4% in the year to the end of January. Worse, the rate of decline continues to accelerate...

Thursday01Mar2012

Last month, the government announced the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link between London and Birmingham will go ahead. Meanwhile, the Crossrail scheme within the capital is continuing, providing improved transport links to several districts....