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Hong Kong Leader-Elect Announces Resident-Only Developments

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...

Friday 30 Mar 2012

Popularity of Prime London Property ''Won't Change''

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...

Friday 30 Mar 2012

Paris Now Top Real Estate Investment City in Europe

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...

Thursday 29 Mar 2012

PRS ''Increasingly Attractive to Property Investors''

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...

Thursday 29 Mar 2012

Irish House Prices Still Falling and Faster

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%...

Wednesday 28 Mar 2012

Student Properties ''Offer Attractive Rental Growth''

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...

Wednesday 28 Mar 2012

Australian Property Investment Predictions

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...

Tuesday 27 Mar 2012

''Growing Optimism'' in Global Commercial Property Markets

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

Tuesday 27 Mar 2012

Steady Performance Anticipated for UK Hotel Market

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...

Monday 26 Mar 2012

Solid Proof - The Bank of England Doesn't Understand the Housing Market

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...

Friday 23 Mar 2012

New Stamp Duty Could Scare Foreigners off Prime London

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...

Friday 23 Mar 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Nigeria

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...

Friday 23 Mar 2012

Government Announces Stamp Duty Changes

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

Friday 23 Mar 2012

Amsterdam to Become Hotel Investment Hotspot in 2012

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...

Thursday 22 Mar 2012

UK Prime Property Yields Steady, Financing Remains Tight

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.

Thursday 22 Mar 2012

China Will Have a Soft Landing Says IMF Official

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...

Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Turkey

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...

Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

Rents for European Retail Premises ''Steady''

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...

Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

NewBuy - Shapps, Pickles, Dromey and the Bathtub Thinking Party

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...

Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Mexico

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...

Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

''Mixed Picture'' for European Office Markets

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

Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

Buy to Let Rents Fall as Buyers Race for Stamp Duty Concession

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...

Monday 19 Mar 2012

US Sunbelt Economies ''Set to Improve''

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...

Monday 19 Mar 2012

Improving Performance Predicted in Commercial Real Estate Investment

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...

Friday 16 Mar 2012

UK Serviced Apartments Offer Investment Opportunities

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

Friday 16 Mar 2012

Retail Real Estate Continues to Outperform in Europe

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)...

Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Property Markets ''Will Strengthen in H2''

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...

Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Queensland Property Market in 2012

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...

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

UK Commercial Property Values Slip in February

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...

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

Regional Office Markets ''Will Strengthen in 2012''

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

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

Government Unveils New Buy to Bring Back First Time Buyers

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...

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - India

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...

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

Capital Growth Anticipated for London Hotels

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...

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

Italians Escaping to Prime London Property as Market Strides Ahead

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...

Monday 12 Mar 2012

London's Crossrail ''Will Impact House Prices''

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...

Monday 12 Mar 2012

S&P Predicts 2013 as Year of European Housing Recovery

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...

Friday 09 Mar 2012

Fewer Funds Available for Global Real Estate Investment

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..

Friday 09 Mar 2012

Chinese Government Reiterates Stance on Property Curbs as Tension Grows

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...

Thursday 08 Mar 2012

Which Property Sectors Will Investors Target in 2012?

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

Thursday 08 Mar 2012

EMEA Hotel Investment Activity Up

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

Wednesday 07 Mar 2012

Average House Prices Explained

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...

Tuesday 06 Mar 2012

UK Residential Market Invaded by Institutional Investors

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...

Tuesday 06 Mar 2012

North Americans 'Driving European Cross-Border Investment'

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...

Tuesday 06 Mar 2012

Tenant Eviction Orders Up 17% in the UK

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...

Monday 05 Mar 2012

'More Investment Opportunities' in European Commercial Property

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...

Monday 05 Mar 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Russia

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...

Friday 02 Mar 2012

Positive Data Revealed in Commercial Real Estate Lending

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...

Friday 02 Mar 2012

Global Real Estate Investment Rises

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...

Friday 02 Mar 2012

No Let Up in Irish House Price Decline

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...

Thursday 01 Mar 2012