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The Causes and Consequences of Black Monday

It started with a heavy drop in American markets on Friday 21st August causing shockwaves around the world as the Dow plummeted 531 points, concluding its worst week since 2011.

Monday 07 Sep 2015

Would German-Style Rent Controls Work for London?

In June, Berlin became the first city in Germany to introduce a cap on rents in the capital. On 1st August French President Francois Hollande enforced rent controls in Paris, delivering on his manifesto promise of sweeping housing reform.

Wednesday 12 Aug 2015

Pressure Mounts for Strict Regulation of Short-Term Accommodation

In reaction to the rising numbers of property investors buying up several apartments for short-term rental, the hotel sector is putting pressure on governments.....

Friday 24 Jul 2015

Singapore Too Expensive for Decent Investment

Managers of the €1.6m Real Estate Capital Asia Partners (RECAP), SC Capital have said that property prices in Singapore need to drop another 30%

Monday 15 Jun 2015

Can Anything Stop the Dollar's Stellar Rally?

The dollar has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the middle of 2014, reaching highs against major currencies not seen since before the global downturn....

Tuesday 02 Jun 2015

Investment Artificially Inflating London’s Property Market

Price growth is continuing at a steady pace throughout the UK's property markets despite weakening wage growth.....

Monday 25 May 2015

IPIN takes Part in Cudeca's 13th Hospice Walkathon 2015!

A staggering 1200 generously-spirited people participated in cancer charity Cudeca’s 13th Walkathon to raise funds and awareness for their tireless....,

Monday 25 May 2015

£100m Prime London Property Sold Day after Tory Victory

As it emerged the Tories had won a majority government at last week’s general election and mansion tax fears subsided....

Tuesday 19 May 2015

American Buyers Max Out on European Real Estate

As highlighted in IPIN’s ‘Emerging Trends in Global Property Markets 2015’ series, American property investors are harnessing the power.....

Friday 15 May 2015

UK Elections 2015: Is London's Property Bubble about to Burst?

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.....

Wednesday 06 May 2015

Trying to Follow London's Corrupt Money Trail

Even before London’s property boom the city as well as other areas of Britain have been considered safe investments for overseas buyers and developers.....

Monday 27 Apr 2015

Abu Dhabi Overtakes Dubai as Driver of UAE Property Market

The UAE has seen a significant increase in investor interest in its real estate in the last year, returning to its former glory days before the global financial crisis.....

Wednesday 22 Apr 2015

Starting Pistol Fired for New UK Pension Freedoms

Standard Life reported an "unprecedented level of customer contact" in the days following 6th April when new pension freedoms came into effect in Britain....

Monday 13 Apr 2015

European Property Markets Continue Boom in 2015

Investment in global real estate markets shows no signs of abating this year, with statistics showing house price rises.....

Wednesday 01 Apr 2015

Hotel Investment Booming in Dubai

A shortage of residential real estate in Dubai is directing the attention of investors and developers towards the luxury hotel apartment market.....

Wednesday 25 Mar 2015

UK: Flipping Battersea

In the never-ending saga that continues with Battersea Power Station, several purchasers are selling their flats that not only remain un-lived in but have not even been built.......

Wednesday 04 Mar 2015

London: The Johnson-Osborne Plan

So would residents of London like to be more like New York City? In a scheme announced by the Chancellor George Osborne.....

Wednesday 25 Feb 2015

Revealed: Investment Trends in Real Estate Markets 2015

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.....

Friday 20 Feb 2015

London: A Casino in the Neighbourhood?

Would you like to have a Vegas-style gambling casino in your neighbourhood or for that matter on your street? This is the issue is being presented to the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.....

Tuesday 17 Feb 2015

International Hotel Sector to Boom in 2015

The international hotel sector is set for exponential growth in 2015 as Chinese insurers continue their foray into prime property markets.....

Wednesday 11 Feb 2015

Choosing the Right Income-Generating Property Asset

There are several reasons real estate is the most popular tangible investment on the market: revenue streams from rentals; long-term capital growth.....

Thursday 05 Feb 2015

The Changing Face of Turkish Real Estate

After an encouraging year for foreign investment in its real estate sector, Turkey's government is set to boost the market further through the introduction.....

Monday 02 Feb 2015

Property Related Funds & Syndicates

It is possible to invest in property without taking individual ownership of physical assets and the associated risks by dealing in property-related shares....

Wednesday 28 Jan 2015

Distressed Assets

The following is a summary of the distressed properties market relating to the US only. Whilst IPIN's expertise extends to distressed assets internationally.....

Wednesday 28 Jan 2015

Parliament’s Plan to Control Housing Benefit Fraud

Whilst topics regarding the NHS, taxation and immigration are the most notable leading up to the British 2015 election, one issue that certainly gets its share of media attention.....

Friday 23 Jan 2015

London: The Future of Getting Around

In May 2014 Britain's Planning Resource organisation reported that according to Office for National Statistics (ONS).....

Monday 19 Jan 2015

Property Investment to be Boosted by UK Pensioners in 2015

April 2015 will see changes to pension legislation come into effect allowing lump sums to be transferred into bank accounts for any purpose.....

Friday 09 Jan 2015

Thailand Real Estate Boosted by GDP Growth

Industry professionals predict that Thailand’s residential property market could see up to 10% growth on the back of the country’s improving economic fundamentals....

Tuesday 06 Jan 2015

More Brits Looking Overseas for Property Investment

2014 has seen a resurgence of Britons buying property overseas, seeking to capitalise on a strengthening pound in Eurozone markets, where house prices are still heavily discounted and mortgages are cheap.....

Friday 12 Dec 2014

Singapore Largest Foreign Investor in Asia in 2014

Property speculators from Singapore have poured money into overseas real estate markets this year, amidst a cooling domestic market.....

Wednesday 03 Dec 2014

China's Property Market Continues Decline in November

As Chinese investment in overseas real estate remains at the highest levels ever seen, its domestic market has experienced declining house prices.....

Monday 01 Dec 2014

Buy-to-Let: Residential or Student Accommodation – which do you think is the most lucrative?

What is the difference between the two types of Buy-to-Let (BTL) and which is the more profitable? Also, check out the Prime Hotspots on the interactive map...

Friday 28 Nov 2014

Galliard Homes to Build £1bn of UK Residential in Joint Venture

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.....

Wednesday 26 Nov 2014

Is Equity Release Viable for UK Homeowners?

The British property market continues its stellar rise from strength to strength, with little or no sign of abating in the near future....

Monday 24 Nov 2014

Fewer Foreign Buyers in Manhattan as Dollar Strengthens

The dollar has had a spectacular few months, rising with considerable strength against major currencies beyond even the most bullish analyst expectations.....

Thursday 13 Nov 2014

Pilbara MP's Open Invitation to Foreigners

Brendan Grylls, MP for the Pilbara, Western Australia has a vision of expanding the local population with 25,000 international migrants....

Monday 10 Nov 2014

The New Admiralty Arch

So, does London really need another expensive hotel to accommodate business and holiday visitors? Obviously the local hotel industry thinks so with the new Conrad Hotel.....

Thursday 06 Nov 2014

Foreign Investment: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Recent reports suggest that overseas investors now own almost 25% of all UK commercial property, most of it in London.....

Wednesday 05 Nov 2014

Why Chinese Investors Love Australian Real Estate

When it comes to investing overseas, Chinese property hunters often head for global neighbours Australia, where they have spent more than $24bn.....

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Chinese Investors Seek Safe-Haven of British Infrastructure

China is seeking financial sanctuary in Britain's energy, property and transport infrastructure....

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014

UK Sees First-Time Buyer Revival

Despite gloomy reports on the lack of affordability for many British buyers trying to get on the property ladder, September saw a healthy 11% increase....

Friday 24 Oct 2014

Chinese Investors get Thumbs Up for Australian Mining

It's no secret that China has generated huge amount of wealth for its population over the last decade, with more millionaires and ultra-high net worth individuals....

Wednesday 22 Oct 2014

Spain's Glut of Unsold Homes Diminishing Fast

An increase in sales by foreign buyers and institutional investors has led to predictions that unsold homes in Spain will shrink to 563,000 units in 2015....

Monday 20 Oct 2014

Mining Boom Attracts Investors Down Under

Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region has been known as a hot spot for property investment for years, fuelled by the regional iron ore mining boom.....

Thursday 16 Oct 2014

Optimistic Growth Forecast for Spanish Economy

Spain has released consistently strong economic data over the last eight quarters, leading economists to raise forecasts towards more positive growth through 2015.....

Wednesday 15 Oct 2014

High Speed 2 Railway £40bn Boost to UK Economy

The controversial railway network that will link Britain's south and north could be worth more than £40bn to the economy, say economists.....

Monday 13 Oct 2014

Buy-to-Let: The Only Way is Up North

Media reports showing a booming demand for rental properties in the UK have been on the increase in 2014, with demand significantly outstripping supply.....

Friday 10 Oct 2014

Middle East Investors to Spend €115bn on European Property

New data shows that the richest investors from the Middle East are set to pour billions into European property......

Thursday 09 Oct 2014

New York's Waldorf Hotel to be Largest Ever Chinese Acquisition

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....

Wednesday 08 Oct 2014

Green Shoots of Recovery for Abu Dhabi Property

New data shows that residential real estate in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi has shown strong signs of recovery for the first time since 2008.....

Tuesday 07 Oct 2014

Wealth in Europe at Record High

Swiss bankers have released data showing that wealth in Europe rose 1.7% in 2013, exceeding the peak recorded prior to the 2007-2009.....

Monday 06 Oct 2014

UK Property Boosted by Help-to-Buy Say Government

The last week has seen a number of positive highlights for the UK property market. For example, the latest Help-to-Buy figures reveal that nearly 53,000....

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014

UAE Hoteliers Eye-Up Manchester Investment Market

Dubai's luxury hotel developers Jumeirah Group have highlighted Manchester as a potential expansion location which could transform the skyline and the....

Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Spain Hosts 45.4 Million Visitors - Sets New Record

For the first time since records have been kept, Spain was visited by 9,070,024 tourists in the month of August alone, bringing the annual total......

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

Marbella's Prime Property Heats-up Market

Spanish property prices have recently reported price growth after six years in the doldrums, suggesting the bottom of the market has been reached.....

Monday 22 Sep 2014

Why Chinese Investors are Buying Overseas

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.....

Thursday 18 Sep 2014

UK Attracts Record Foreign Direct Investment in 2014

The UK has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, creating the highest number of new jobs....

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014

Chinese Overseas Residential Property Investments up 84%

An incredible €1.2bn has been spent by Chinese investors on overseas property projects in the first half of 2014, representing an increase of 84%....

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014

Spanish Property Officially a Bull Market

In the second quarter of 2014, Spanish house prices recorded an increase for the first time in six years, confirming the nation's return.....

Thursday 11 Sep 2014

Prices of London's Premier Properties up 27%

House prices in London's most exclusive and expensive areas have increased from £3.7m in Q2 to a whopping £4.7m in Q3..........

Tuesday 09 Sep 2014

Hassle-Free Property Investments Top of UK Asset Class

It's well recorded that London's prime property markets have experienced extreme inflation due to heightened interest from some of the world's richest investors....

Monday 08 Sep 2014

Spain’s Record-Breaking Year for Tourism

New tourism figures covering January-July of this year reveal that Spain is on target for an outstanding year in tourism, a crucial sector....

Wednesday 03 Sep 2014

Are House Prices in Europe in Touch with Reality?

In June of this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on policymakers to do more to curb rising housing prices around the world....

Tuesday 02 Sep 2014

British Expat Investment in Affordable UK Homes up 60%

According to a new report, the UK has seen a huge increase in overseas investors seeking and purchasing properties under £70,000....

Monday 01 Sep 2014

Re-Birth of the Iconic Crystal Palace

Originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the iconic Crystal Palace is now poised to become one of South London's newest major developments.....

Friday 29 Aug 2014

IPIN Global announces charity partnership with AfriKids

Property investment specialists IPIN Global are delighted to announce a charitable partnership with AfriKids, a child rights organisation working to improve the lives of Ghana's....

Wednesday 27 Aug 2014

Mass Exodus from China's Property Market Boosts UK and Eurozone

Speculation about the future of China’s property market has increased as real estate moguls Li Ka-shing and Wang jianlin have gradually withdrawn....

Wednesday 27 Aug 2014

Real Estate Still UK's Largest Investment Asset Class

As a result of budgetary changes in March 2014, more pensioners are investing in residential property as part of their pension pot....

Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

Will Bamboo Change the Face of Western Construction?

Housing shortages exist in various regions all over the world as the global population continues to increase year-on-year and construction falls behind....

Wednesday 20 Aug 2014

UK Construction: Strongest Growth for 11 Years

According to data from Markit, the UK's construction sector recorded a rating of 62.4 on the purchasing managers' index (PMI). Any figure above 50 indicates growth...

Thursday 14 Aug 2014

China's Real Estate - A Market in Crisis

After China's house prices rose dramatically through the first months of 2013, the government imposed stringent cooling measures which may have been too efficient...

Wednesday 06 Aug 2014

Spanish Property Sales Up 48% in 2014

Spanish real estate valuation and assessment specialists TINSA have released data showing that Spain’s housing market is now recovering, amidst gradually improving....

Thursday 31 Jul 2014

NAEA First-Time Buyer Data at Odds with Industry Reports

The National Association of Estate Agent’s (NAEA) claimed that just 3% of buyers in June were first-time buyers under the age of 30...

Friday 25 Jul 2014

The Ups and Downs of the Chelsea Barracks Development

Across the Thames in the shadows of the controversial Battersea Power Station and its resurrection is another development that has also had its share...

Friday 25 Jul 2014

UK:165,000 Affordable Homes to be Built by 2018

The British government have announced a new affordable homes programme that is set to change the way properties are built in the country with many being largely constructed off-site....

Thursday 24 Jul 2014

Spanish Property Considered Best Value in Europe

Spain suffered more than most countries following the financial crisis with rigorous austerity measures, escalating public debt, heavy financial reliance on the Eurozone...

Tuesday 22 Jul 2014

UK Buy-to-Let Market on Very Shaky Ground

There is no doubt that the increases in UK property prices have been largely driven by the huge rise in private landlords coming to the market....

Monday 21 Jul 2014

New BRICS Development Bank a Political Coup for Putin

The establishment of a multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, proposed at the....

Wednesday 16 Jul 2014

Pensioners Financially Better Off Than UK Workers

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published today has revealed that only those over the age of 60 have not experienced any drop....

Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

Dubai: Introducing the World's First Climate-Controlled City

Dubai has one of the most recognisable skylines in the world, earning the Emirate city a reputation for pushing boundaries with its architecture...

Tuesday 08 Jul 2014

Investment from Middle East in European Assets Surges in 2014

World leading property consulting and research firm CBRE have revealed that investors from the Middle East are expected to spend €135bn in overseas...

Friday 04 Jul 2014

House Prices Not Our Problem Says Bank of England

The Bank of England (BoE) introduced new measures last week to cap household indebtedness caused by an overheated UK property market and soaring mortgage...

Thursday 03 Jul 2014

Stratford - London’s Latest Prime Market

When London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, the fortunes of Stratford, a somewhat deprived area with many brownfield sites, improved beyond expectation.....

Thursday 03 Jul 2014

Could the Recyclable Home Solve the UK Housing Crisis?

The housing crisis in the UK is one of the biggest social and economic challenges facing the country. According to government figures 122,950 new homes...

Tuesday 01 Jul 2014

Investment in UK & Eurozone Property Rises 400%

A new report published by trading platform Cofunds shows that net inflows into the Investment Management Association’s (IMA) Property sector...

Monday 30 Jun 2014

Spain’s Golden Visa Boosts Non-EU Buying

The General Council of Notaries in Spain published data this week showing that US, Chinese and Russian buyers were among the most active foreign buyers...

Friday 27 Jun 2014

Booming Panama – No Longer 'Just a Canal'

Panama has long been blighted by misconceptions. When most people think of Panama, they think of the canal, hats, cigars and 'Prison Break'...

Thursday 26 Jun 2014

Top 5 Hotspots for UK Student Property Investment

A report published recently by investment specialists Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investment and some other...

Wednesday 25 Jun 2014

Is the Heat Off the UK Housing Market?

According to the British Bankers' Association, mortgage approvals in May were down for the fourth consecutive month, 3.5% lower overall than in the same month.....

Tuesday 24 Jun 2014

Real Estate Assets vs Passion Investments

Savills have recently compiled a quirky report which compares the performance of traditional property assets with non-property assets...

Monday 23 Jun 2014

UK Brownfield Prioritised for New Homes

After many years of unresolved supply issues in the UK housing market, the government has announced that thousands of new homes will be built...

Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

IPO Indicates Bottom of Spanish Property Market

Merlin Properties, a Spanish real estate investment trust (REIT) has today announced plans for a €1.5bn flotation, set to become Europe’s...

Monday 16 Jun 2014

RICS: Housing Bubble Speculation Misleading Vendors

A survey published by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) this week reported that UK house prices rose faster than expected in May...

Friday 13 Jun 2014

IPIN Members Enjoy Early Returns on Cipriani Heights

IPIN Members are increasingly turning attention to Panama as an investment destination following the unprecedented success of our recent Secure Exit Strategy...

Friday 13 Jun 2014

More Than 20% of Homes in Chinese Cities Empty

A survey published by researchers at China’s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics found 49 million sold but vacant.....

Thursday 12 Jun 2014

Bank of England Publishes Mortgage Lending Lowdown

The Statistical Release on Mortgage Lenders and Administrators Statistics was published by the Bank of England (BoE) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 10th June...

Wednesday 11 Jun 2014

75% More Londoners Leave Capital in Search of Affordability

According to Hamptons International so far in 2014, there has been a surge in the number of Londoners buying homes outside the capital....

Wednesday 04 Jun 2014

Is 'Build-to-Rent' Top of the Asset Class?

There's been a coup in the UK Buy to Let market recently with big institutional investors ploughing money into the private rented sector...

Monday 02 Jun 2014

HSBC: Southampton Tops List for Highest Rental Yields

Research undertaken by HSBC shows that rental yields in the coastal city of Southampton increased from 7.82% in 2013 to 8.73% this year and now offers the best returns to landlords in the country....

Wednesday 28 May 2014

60% of China’s most Affluent Considering Emigration

Global management consultancy Bain & Company recently published a startling report indicating that the majority of China’s rising affluent classes are considering moving overseas....

Friday 23 May 2014

Singapore Sees Modest Growth as GDP Exceeds Estimate

Singapore is set to see modest growth in 2014 as a tight labour market constrains some industries amidst improving global demand. Growth exceeded initial estimates last quarter with GDP increasing by 4.9% on the back of a surge in manufacturing output seen in March this year....

Tuesday 20 May 2014

UK - Unsustainable Mortgage Debt will lead to Recession

A new consumer credit report published by independent research company Verum Financial Research says that UK houses are currently overpriced by around 28%....

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Bank of England Deadline for Decision on Housing Boom

Having seamlessly absolved themselves from responsibility, the government continue to ignore the lack of housing supply that is currently fuelling property prices, instead placing the onus for cooling the market firmly on Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England....

Friday 16 May 2014

Panama - So Much More than Meets the Eye

Following their recent trip to the stunning IPIN Global investment project in Panama - Sarani Resort - Sales Director Mike O'Riordan and Michelle Daly from Sales Progression presented their pictures and accounts of the trip...

Friday 16 May 2014

Housing Charity Shelter Predicts Average House Prices of £900k by 2034

Although the government and the Bank of England seem to be taking a very laid-back attitude towards the UK's housing shortage, calls for action have become desperate pleas as experts predict the worst case scenario.....

Thursday 15 May 2014

US Real Estate - A Cash Buyer’s Market

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...

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Carney's Risky Football Analogy and the Housing Hot Potato

The Pound nosedived this morning in reaction to the Bank of England's Inflation Report delivered by Canadian Mark Carney, the bank's chief...

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Costa del Sol on Target for Record Year in Tourism

Easter 2014 saw Spain achieving visitor rates at the highest level for more than seven years as tourists flocked to experience the traditional Holy Week processions in one of the country's most popular holidays.

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Singapore Housing Market Registers a Slowdown in 2014

In 2009, Singapore's fiscal policymakers launched a campaign to rein in speculation in the property market as home prices kept rising with interest rates remaining low, raising concerns of a housing bubble.

Tuesday 13 May 2014

China: Set to Become World’s Largest Economy - Does Size Matter?

The World Bank recently published a report that has sent a shockwave of speculation throughout the financial community.

Monday 12 May 2014

UK Government Unable to Prevent Housing Bubble or Just Not Bothered?

A report published today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warns that the British government must take immediate action to slow down soaring house prices to prevent destabilising economic recovery.

Monday 12 May 2014

Housing Affordability - To Dream the Impossible Dream

It would be a complete joke if it only delivered a humourous punchline rather than an almost literal kick in the guts but the only people laughing in the aftermath of the measures introduced by the UK Mortgage Market Review are those with sufficient funds not to require a mortgage...

Friday 09 May 2014

Help to Buy - Will Osborne Listen to the 3 Wise Men or Continue to Fudge the Issue?

Former Chancellors Norman Lamont, Alistair Darling and Nigel Lawson have added their significantly powerful voices to a call for Osborne to scale down Help to Buy...

Friday 09 May 2014

New Cold War Diverts Cash to UK Property Market

In response to targeted sanctions against Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians, $51 billion has been siphoned out of the country in the first quarter of 2014...

Thursday 08 May 2014

Spain Surprises Eurozone as Economy Shows Signs of Rebound

After feeling the ravages of recession more than most other countries in Europe, Spain now appear to be emerging from the wreckage with significant strength, contrary to speculation from economists...

Wednesday 07 May 2014

Fitch Ratings Predicts Further Decline in Spanish Property Prices

A report issued by international credit ratings agency Fitch shows that although property prices in Spain are 30% below their 2007 peak, prices are still likely to continue falling in 2014, bottoming out in 2015...

Wednesday 30 Apr 2014

UK House Prices - Through Recession and Beyond

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?

Friday 25 Apr 2014

Mark Carney - Housing Market Friend or Foe?

Mark Carney - credited with protecting Canada from the worst effects of the late-2000's financial crisis, his appointment at the Bank of England was a pragmatic move aimed at shielding the UK in exactly the same way...

Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

The UK Property Bubble - Myth or Reality?

There appear to be two distinct camps of opinion when it comes to whether the UK is heading towards a property bubble...

Thursday 17 Apr 2014

Crisis in China's Property Market?

When the wealthiest industrialists and retailers start to sell off property at prices 30% less than those expected in 2013, you can be sure that there's trouble brewing in the real estate sector...

Thursday 17 Apr 2014

The Global Contrast Between Serviced Apartment and Aparthotel Markets

The serviced apartment sector, although present throughout the global accommodation markets, has very different degrees of expansion and development...

Thursday 27 Mar 2014

Property Investment: The Rising Power of the Asian Investor

Asian investors are slowly becoming one of the superpowers of the world property market. As the rest of the world suffered as a result of the financial crisis...

Wednesday 26 Mar 2014

Olympic Buildings - What's Happening to Them Now?

There is currently much talk about the Olympic legacy, as the redevelopment of the area kicks into gear post-games. While much of the space will be used to create new communities, there was always a question about what would happen to the buildings specifically built for the event...

Tuesday 25 Mar 2014

New London Rail Network Boosts Property Sector

The introduction of Crossrail, the new innovation in the transport sector in London, has already helped to see a significant boost to the property market...

Friday 21 Mar 2014

London Skyline to Expand With 250 New Towers

The bustling London skyline looks set to expand and become even busier in the next few years, with plans in place for more than 250 new towers according to new reports...

Thursday 20 Mar 2014

London Takes Number One Spot for Wealthy Investors

London has once again beat off competition from a number of other thriving cities around the globe to be named the number one city in the world for investment from the wealthy who have money to spend...

Wednesday 19 Mar 2014

London Mayor Appeals for Homes to be Sold to Londoners

London mayor Boris Johnson has appealed to developers to start selling homes in new buildings to those who are from the UK before selling to overseas investors...

Tuesday 18 Mar 2014

Commercial Investors Oppose the UK Leaving the EU

The majority of people who invest in the UK's commercial property market are opposed to the nation leaving the European Union (EU), a new survey has discovered...

Thursday 13 Mar 2014

Demand in Central London Remains Strong in 2013

The levels of demand seen for properties in Central London remained strong late into last year, the latest report released by Strutt & Parker has claimed...

Wednesday 12 Mar 2014

How the Money Flows in Social Housing - USA vs UK

Whilst most people in America the United Kingdom are aware of Section 8 Housing and Section 106 respectively, many are not fully informed on how these programs work. Documentary maker Kevin Murphy elaborates...

Wednesday 12 Mar 2014

Developers Now Welcoming Profit Improvements as Market Grows

Developers in the UK are now able to bring better profits from the land they have invested in, according to the latest report published by Barratt Developments...

Tuesday 11 Mar 2014

Planning Permission For New Homes In England Rises 20%

Planning permission for new homes in England saw a rise of 19 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the previous three months, the latest report from the Home Builders Federation reveals...

Friday 07 Mar 2014

Edinburgh Hotels Perform Well on Back of Events

It is estimated that the Six Nations Rugby Championship period will see some £30 million injected into the Edinburgh economy within the space of just over a month...

Thursday 06 Mar 2014

Commercial Property REITs: The Future in Investment

Commercial property REITs in the UK are set to become more popular and prevalent in the UK looking forward, as the promised returns offer much more of a steady income...

Wednesday 05 Mar 2014

Stratford TIQ: Investment in the Future

The International Quarter (TIQ) in Stratford, East London was the main hosting site for 2012 Olympic Games in the capital, has looked to make the most of the highlight this put on it with a chance 'to establish a new metropolitan business district for London that is thriving, sustainable, successful and inclusive'...

Tuesday 04 Mar 2014

Lenders and Brokers Express Concerns Over Mortgage Rule Changes

Lenders and brokers operating in the UK's mortgage market have expressed concern over new rule changes set to come in this year and the effects that these could have on the market as a whole...

Monday 03 Mar 2014

Rental Yields Showed Strong Growth in the Last 12 Months

The level of rental yields enjoyed by landlords across the UK showed strong growth in the past year to remain at a high point that shows how much of an investment option it remains for those with money to spend in the property sector...

Friday 28 Feb 2014

Scottish Commercial Property Indicative of Regional Strength

Overall investment in the commercial property market in Scotland in 2013 has shown yet again just how much the regional areas of the UK are now performing...

Thursday 27 Feb 2014

House Building Improved by 23% in 2013

The UK housing market has been in a fantastic state of health throughout the last year when compared to the years that have preceded it. Riding a wave of low interest rates...

Wednesday 26 Feb 2014

Buyers Rent for 7 Years Before Taking the Plunge

Buy-to-let investors across the UK have been told repeatedly since the start of last year that there's a chance their properties could come under pressure from the number of people buying their own homes, with demand in private lets likely to drop...

Tuesday 25 Feb 2014

UK Property Price Hits GBP 250,000 For First Time

The mean price of homes across the UK has now topped GBP 250,000 for the first time in history, according to the latest official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

Monday 24 Feb 2014

UK Homes Selling at Fastest Post-Recession Pace

The amount of time that UK homes spend on the market is at its lowest since the financial downturn, new data released has shown, as the supply and demand imbalance continues to push competition between buyers across the country...

Friday 21 Feb 2014

London Property Providing "Ripple Effect" for the UK

The UK's property market is now being boosted by the positivity that has been seen in London in recent years, which could be good news for investors who are looking for new areas to buy in...

Thursday 20 Feb 2014

More UK Properties Now Selling Above Asking Prices

Good news for investors around the UK - property is now selling at or above asking prices in greater proportions than at any time in recent years, with demand and the continued low supply...

Wednesday 19 Feb 2014

Regional Office Investment Hits Six-Year High

The level of investment in UK office spaces outside of London has hit a six-year high, according to the latest figures released by Knight Frank, which show there has been a real sentiment for purchase outside the capital...

Monday 17 Feb 2014

Scottish Commercial Property Deals Up 81% in 2013

London has long been the best place for investing in commercial property, particularly since the financial crisis hit the UK and sent valuations in regional areas of the UK tumbling. However, as the economy continues to recover...

Friday 14 Feb 2014

Professional Tenants Pushing Up Prime Central London Rents

It's a well-known fact that the improving economy and the subsequent rising business sentiment has pushed the price of commercial property in London much higher over the last year - rents for offices, for example, are expected to hit all-time highs by 2018...

Thursday 13 Feb 2014

Market Conditions Push UK to the Top for Commercial Investment

The market conditions that were inherent throughout the UK and the rest of the continent meant that the country enjoyed a strong year in terms of commercial property investment...

Wednesday 12 Feb 2014

Commercial Property Investment at Six-Year High

Levels of investment in the commercial property sector are now at their highest recorded since 2007, according to the latest report compiled by DTZ...

Tuesday 11 Feb 2014

Optimism Continues as the Order of the Day in UK Buy To Let

The levels of optimism seen in the UK buy-to-let sector in recent times is set to continue into 2014, according to recent reports. It said that demand is now so high that as many as four in ten landlords across the nation are looking to increase what they charge their tenants in the coming year...

Monday 10 Feb 2014

"Pent-up Demand" to Push UK Property Forward in 2014

A degree of easing in the risk averse attitude of UK property investors could see prices in the market rising even faster than has previously been predicted, according to the latest forecast...

Thursday 06 Feb 2014

Improvements Widespread in 2013 for English Property

The improvements in the property market in England were widespread throughout the whole of 2013, according to new reports released by the Land Registry...

Wednesday 05 Feb 2014

£2.3m Paid to IPIN Global Brick Lane Investors

IPIN Global is proud to announce yet another successfully executed Secure Exit Strategy application in London. All IPIN Members that were invested into the Brick Lane project have now been exited within the contract terms yielding a 16% (annualised) return after only 1 year...

Friday 31 Jan 2014

Landlords Must Keep Track as Rental Arrears Start to Build

Landlords in the UK are increasingly having to make sure they keep track of the financial state of their tenants, as the number of people who are falling into severe arrears with their rental payments rose...

Monday 27 Jan 2014

London Named As Best City For Foreign Investment

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...

Friday 24 Jan 2014

MMR Set To Change The Mortgage Market In 2014

The implementation of the new Mortgage Market Review (MMR) regulations from April this year will change the market, subduing any great growth in the mortgage and lending sector...

Friday 24 Jan 2014

Change of Attitude Means More Foreign Investment in UK Buy-To-Let

A change in the attitude of foreign investors in the UK property market has meant that there are now far more overseas landlords than ever before, according to a new report published by UHY Hacker Young...

Thursday 23 Jan 2014

Nationwide: Property Prices Rise 8.4% In 2013

Property prices across the UK rose by 1.4 per cent through December to mark a strong end to the year and leave the property market having grown repeatedly throughout 2013...

Monday 13 Jan 2014

Property Prices To See Strongest Growth In South-East

Property prices are set to grow by up to eight per cent in the UK in 2014 according to numerous commentators, but it will be the south-east of England where the best increases will be seen...

Friday 10 Jan 2014

Property Price Rises ''To Hit 10% in 2014''

The rate of property price rises in 2014 could be double that seen in 2013, according to new reports, as the market continues to recover from the negative conditions seen in 2007 and 2008...

Thursday 09 Jan 2014

Renters Make New Years Resolution to Buy

As the clock struck midnight on December 31st, many renters in the UK will have made a resolution to enter the property market this year. Indeed, in a move that could see rental prices stay flat for landlords in 2014...

Wednesday 08 Jan 2014

Net Yields of Up To 8% In Some University Cities

Because of the reputation of British educational establishments, it's no surprise that the sector is attracting international investors, including those from the US...

Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

Choice Of Mortgage Products At 5 Year High

The choice of mortgages for residential property buyers in the UK is now three times bigger than in 2009, with 12,000 products on the market. This figure marks a five-year high for the industry, according to the National Mortgage Index from Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB).

Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

Top 3 Nations Investing In The UK Property Market

The UK property market is the focus of considerable overseas investment, both residential and commercial. Indeed, it seems foreign buyers are shaping the future of Britain, especially in hubs like London...

Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

London Developers Pledge to Give UK Buyers Equal Deal

Developers have pledged to give UK buyers in London a fairer deal, voluntarily committing to releasing properties to the domestic market at the same time as abroad...

Monday 06 Jan 2014

Residential Mortgage Lending up 30%

Houses sold better than expected in 2013, boosting mortgage lending by 30 per cent since last year and far exceeding forecasted rates. The figures, provided by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), suggest continued growth...

Monday 06 Jan 2014

Scottish Property Prices Predicted to Rise 7% in 2014

House prices in Scotland are set to rise seven per cent next year, a new report suggests. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the average cost of a home will increase...

Friday 03 Jan 2014

Jones Lang LaSalle: CGT Changes Will Impact Development

Imposing Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on overseas buyers of UK residential property is unlikely to have a long-term impact on foreign investment but will hinder development, according to Jones Lang LaSalle...

Friday 03 Jan 2014

What Does Post-Olympic Regeneration Have in Store?

It's over a year since the London 2012 Olympic Games came to a close but it is still relatively unclear what's in store for the infrastructure it left behind. Prior to the celebrations, there was unbridled optimism...

Thursday 02 Jan 2014

Corporate Sector Keeping Hotel Demand High

Hotels have long represented a significant investment opportunity and the asset class is strengthening further as demand rises. New figures from BDO suggest the corporate sector is behind this improved outlook...

Tuesday 31 Dec 2013

Bridging Loans Increasing Among Buy To Let Landlords

Buy to let property investors are increasingly opting for bridging loans, it has been revealed, driving up demand for this type of lending in the UK. There was a substantial 25 per cent increase in loans...

Wednesday 18 Dec 2013

Top Christmas Crackers from the Autumn Statement

Christmas might still be over a week away but the property world is feeling a little bit like it received some presents early in this year's Autumn Statement. And like with all good gifts, some reflection is due after the initial excitement...

Wednesday 18 Dec 2013

OBR: House Prices to Grow 24% by 2018

Now is certainly the time for residential property investment in the UK, with house prices expected to grow by a staggering 24 per cent between 2013 and 2018...

Monday 09 Dec 2013

Demand for Property at 11-Year High

Demand for property in the UK is now at an 11-year high, meaning those considering real estate investment will need to come to the table with adequate financial backing...

Monday 18 Nov 2013

Is it Getting Harder to Find a Property Bargain?

Real estate investment opportunities are often characterised by their low price and potential to generate value and returns. However, getting a bargain in Britain's property market is certainly getting harder...

Friday 15 Nov 2013

More Brits Now Taking a Lodger

The rental market is getting more and more crowded for those considering property investment, with around 1.7 million Britons now taking a lodger...

Thursday 14 Nov 2013

Policy Exchange: Uk Needs More Homes not Taxes

Research from the Policy Exchange claims it is urgent that policymakers prioritise increasing housing stock, creating 1.5 million new homes by 2020, including the formation of at least one new garden city. Doing so will ease some of the barriers to home ownership...

Wednesday 13 Nov 2013

House Prices to Increase 25% by 2018?

Mainstream house prices will increase by an average of 25 per cent over the next five years, according to a new report. Savills' five-year forecast showed there is much confidence in the market, which will drive 17 per cent growth in the next three years alone...

Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Causing Confusion

The mortgage guarantee component of the Help to Buy scheme is causing confusion among first-time buyers. A consumer survey revealed 43 per cent of those new to the property market and other home movers are unsure of the benefits the scheme will give them.

Monday 11 Nov 2013

Does the UK Tax System Need Overhauling?

The UK tax system has long come under fire by home buyers and property investors alike. Now Berkely Group has joined those claiming it needs an overhaul...

Thursday 07 Nov 2013

Singaporean Investors Shape the Future of London

The future of London appears to lie in Singapore, if recent dealings in the investment sector are anything to go by. Indeed, it seems the UK's capital is a prime stomping ground for overseas buyers and Singapore is leading the pack both in the private and institutional sector...

Thursday 07 Nov 2013

BPF: Taxes for Foreign Investors will Harm Market

The British Property Federation (BPF) is warning that new taxes on foreign investors will only serve to damage the country's reputation as 'open for business', opposed to keeping a cap on prices...

Tuesday 05 Nov 2013

Prices to Rise by 17% in Next Five Years

House prices are likely to rise by 17 per cent over the next five years, according to research from CBRE. Pent up housing demand in core markets, combined with the UK's economic recovery, improved lending conditions and a shortage of supply will send values upwards...

Tuesday 05 Nov 2013

UK House Building Picks Up in Q3

Home building in the UK is certainly rebounding from the financial crisis, with more chartered surveyors noting growth in Q3. According to the latest construction market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Monday 28 Oct 2013

A Dozen Buyers for Each New London Property

There are now nearly a dozen buyers for each new property that comes onto the London real estate market, showing more and more people are eager to get onto the housing ladder...

Wednesday 23 Oct 2013

Is the Recovery Still Locked in London?

The UK property market is undoubtedly in a state of recovery but average growth statistics can often mask troubling regional disparities. Indeed, for several months price rises and increases in activity have been largely centred around London, with the rest of country often posting losses.

Monday 21 Oct 2013

Rising Prices Driving Buyers Out of South-East

Rising property prices in the south-east are likely to drive first-time buyers out of the area, according to research from Cluttons. Over the next five years it is expected people will look elsewhere for cheap property, giving regional markets a boost.

Monday 21 Oct 2013

Record High for UK House Prices

House prices in the UK have now hit a record high, according to figures from the Office for National statistics. In August, the House Price Index surpassed its previous January 2008 peak by 0.3 per cent...

Friday 18 Oct 2013

UK Student Accommodation Attracting US Investors

The UK student accommodation market is proving to be one of the most stable and lucrative in the world, filled with sound property investment opportunities and high demand...

Thursday 17 Oct 2013

First Phase of Help to Buy has ''Kick started'' the Market

The second phase of the government's Help to Buy scheme has now been rolled out, but it may be the first part of the initiative that becomes known as the runaway success...

Wednesday 16 Oct 2013

Lending Improving But Still Below Average

Mortgage lending in the UK is increasing but it is still falling below the historic average. According to the Building Societies Association (BSA), there are sustained signs of recovery within the market...

Thursday 03 Oct 2013

Over-50s using property to fund retirement

Over-50s are increasingly planning on using their property to fund their pension, new research has revealed. Many plan on using equity release, while others will downsize or turn to renting in a bid to boost their retirement income - creating new opportunities for landlords...

Wednesday 02 Oct 2013

Help to Buy, The Bank of England and the Madness of Chancellor George

In what would seem to be a move to deflect the negative criticisms of the Help to Buy policy (or possibly a bout of madness), Chancellor George Osborne has taken the move to hand over control of the policy itself to the Bank of England – shrewd move one might think on the face of it, until you look at the Bank of England track record...

Tuesday 01 Oct 2013

Poor September Start Bad for US Hotel Market

The US hotel market has been causing concern for those considering real estate investment of late and the sector's...

Thursday 19 Sep 2013

Lending Excess, Regulation Poverty and the Global Property Mess

The US, UK and Europe may officially be out of recession but they still seem to be making a mess of their respective...

Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Confidence Returning to UK Commercial Sector says IPD

The latest data from Investment Property Databank (better known as IPD) reflects very positively indeed on the UK...

Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Private Rents Reach New Highs in July

Private rents in the UK reached new highs last month, with six of Britain's 12 regions posting record prices.

Friday 16 Aug 2013

Buy-to-let Property Lending Improving in UK

If you're considering buy-to-let property investment in the UK, now is certainly a good time to do it. Figures from...

Tuesday 13 Aug 2013

Data Shows UK Commercial Activity Accelerating Rapidly

According to a new report from Savills commercial real estate activity in the UK is growing at is fastest rate in...

Tuesday 13 Aug 2013

Budget Hotel Market Bouncing Back in Aberdeen

The time to invest in Aberdeen's budget hotel market is nigh, with new figures showing the property segment is bouncing back. Data from...

Monday 12 Aug 2013

US House Prices Growing as Fast as 2005

According to the latest data US house prices are growing at the fastest rate since 2005 (right before the crisis) and...

Monday 12 Aug 2013

Aberdeen Hotel Sector Strong and Ripe for Investment

The Scottish hotel sector is the fastest growing in the UK, as recent data released by accountants BDO indicates year...

Friday 09 Aug 2013

German Commercial Real Estate Continues to Perform

The latest data shows that the German real estate investment market continues to perform well, continually quashing...

Thursday 08 Aug 2013

Forecasted Upturn in European Commercial Property Investment

Based on its latest research, consultancy DTZ is predicting that European commercial property will return an average...

Wednesday 07 Aug 2013

Dallas and Denver House Prices Surpass Peak

If you seized property investment opportunities in Dallas and Denver during the market crash, you'll no doubt be...

Monday 05 Aug 2013

Accelerated House Price Growth Amid North-South Divide

House price growth will accelerate at a much greater pace in the UK between now and 2017, according to research from Savills. The 5 Year housing…

Friday 02 Aug 2013

US Housing Recovery is Record-Breaking Strong

US house prices rose 12.2 percent in May in the biggest year on year growth recorded since March 2006 according to the only index that really…

Friday 02 Aug 2013

More Bumper Profits for UK House Builders

Another day another house-builder reporting positive performances in the UK housing market. In what is now being called a "meaningful" recovery, the firm reports that its order book has been driven to a record high...

Wednesday 31 Jul 2013

More First-Time Buyers Getting on the Ladder

The property ladder is seeing a rise in the number of first-time buyers, with the half-year Halifax First Time Buyer Review recording a 19 per cent increase year-on-year. Between January and June 2013, there were an estimated 120,000 new buyers, up from 101,000 in the first six months of 2012.

Wednesday 31 Jul 2013

UK House Building Picking up Pace

The National House Building Council (NHBC) received registration papers for a total of 67,422 homes in the first half of this year.

Tuesday 30 Jul 2013

Top 3 London Hubs for Serviced Apartment Investment

The UK's serviced apartment industry is emerging from the financial crisis as a different beast. The ground has shifted and demand can now be found in areas where there perhaps was none before. Nowhere is this more evident than in London - Britain's serviced apartment hub.

Tuesday 30 Jul 2013

European Commercial Property Investment Finding its Legs

According to new data from CB Richard Ellis, investors ploughed 31.1 billion Euros into European commercial property in the second quarter of this year.

Wednesday 24 Jul 2013

Five Year High for Property Prices

Residential property prices in England and Wales have reached a five-year high, according to the latest index from Average asking prices now stand four per cent greater than this time in 2012...

Wednesday 17 Jul 2013

Japanese Real Estate Investment Soaring

The world has felt pretty hard-done-to in the last few years as the global credit crunch wreaked havoc on the financial lives of people around the world. Imagine how the Japanese must feel...

Monday 15 Jul 2013

UK Housing Recovery is Eight Years Off

Despite rafts of positive housing market data emerging in the UK, a full recovery won't actually occur until 2021, according to PwC's latest Economic Outlook report. It claims that while house prices will be seven per cent above their 2007 peak by 2015...

Monday 15 Jul 2013

Blackstone Goes From Spree Buyer to Lender in US Residential market

Mid-level investors in the US residential market are about to find a new funding source has become available. At a time when rising prices and mortgage rates look like starting to close the window of opportunity that was the US rental market...

Friday 12 Jul 2013

Central European Commercial Property Investment Growing

The latest data on central Europe commercial property investment shows strong growth in the sector. According to Cushman and Wakefield investors invested 1.73 billion Euros in commercial property in central Europe's core markets in the first half of this year...

Monday 08 Jul 2013

Pending Sales Reach Pre-Crisis Levels in US

Pending home sales in the US have finally crossed the coveted threshold of returning to pre-crisis levels, as according to the latest data from the US National Association of Realtors the metric increased in May to the highest level seen since late 2006.

Thursday 04 Jul 2013

Govt Loan Guarantees to Boost Homes to Rent

With homeownership now a distant dream for many, the government has launched a new funding scheme to increase affordable rental stock in the UK. Some GBP 10 billion in loan guarantees will be made available in the hope they will get Britain...

Monday 24 Jun 2013

UK Housing in Recovery Evidence Shows

According to the latest data from the Office of national Statistics UK house prices increased by 2.6 percent in the year ending April, with London as usual outpacing the rest of the country.

Thursday 20 Jun 2013

Is US Housing a Good Investment Today?

The US housing market has been in recovery for going on 2 years now, and the recovery was started and has been largely driven by bargain hunters buying good properties at low prices. As the buying spree rolled on, prices rose, and as inventories became constrained prices rose faster. So, prices rose, but is it too late to make money on a US housing investment?

Wednesday 19 Jun 2013

Remortgage Activity Driving Up Gross Mortgage Lending

Gross mortgage lending is on the rise, thanks to an increase in remortgage activity. Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) revealed that lending grew by five per cent in April, although house price lending fell slightly compared to March.

Monday 17 Jun 2013

Panama's Growth Spikes Investor Interest

Panama is a country that often flies under the radar but savvy investors will know that the tide is turning. Ongoing growth, investment and expansion in the region are attracting the attention of investors - Panama is certainly a country on the up.

Friday 14 Jun 2013

Could Taxpayers Pay for Overseas Buyers Homes?

Uproar over suggestions that British taxpayer money could be used to back the mortgages of rich overseas property buyers could dampen enthusiasm for the Help to Buy scheme in the UK...

Friday 07 Jun 2013

Bank of Mum and Dad Vital to First Time Buying - Running Dry

According to the latest news from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, some 64% of first time buyers now rely on the bank of Mum and Dad in order to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder...

Friday 07 Jun 2013

GE Sells $800 million in Property as Institutional Buying Spree Continues

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...

Thursday 06 Jun 2013

First Recipients of Build to Rent Fund Announced

The first recipients of the government's £1bn build-to-rent funding have been revealed. The government has announced 45 companies who will benefit from the scheme's lending at 2.07% over 5 years...

Thursday 30 May 2013

Irish Residential Picture Continues to Improve - Slowly

The so-called credit-crunch was onomatopoeic in the case of Ireland; it chewed up the economy and property market and spit them out. But it has to be said that the Irish government dealt with the crash decisively and efficiently, perhaps more so than most...

Thursday 30 May 2013

US Property Market Shows Signs Of Rebound

The property market in the US has experience a solid spring, with sales of previously owned houses reaching the highest level for three years. Figures revealed by the National Association of Realtors show that existing-home sales rose by 0.6 per cent in April 2013

Friday 24 May 2013

US Foreclosures over the Peak and on the Descent

Are we coming to the end of the foreclosure problem in the US? That is a deep question with a regionally varied answer, but according to market expert George Yacik in a National Mortgage News column last week, anyone looking to buy a distressed or foreclosed property at a bargain price must move fast and also be prepared to pay much more than a year ago.

Thursday 23 May 2013

House Prices Rise Year To March 2013

In the year to March 2013 UK property prices rose by 2.7 per cent, showing potential green shoots of a housing market recovery. This compares to a 1.9 per cent increase in prices in the 12 months to February 2013, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Thursday 23 May 2013

Solidification Favours Growth in US Hotel Industry

According to the latest data the US hotel industry brought in profits of USD 58 million last year, which is just short of the peak seen in 2007. According to the STR Analytics 2013 Host Almanac total revenues in the hotel industry increased by 13.4 per cent to total USD 162 billion including a net operating income of just short of USD 40 billion.

Thursday 23 May 2013

House Price Sentiment On The Rise

Households believe that the price of their property rose in May at the fastest rate for nearly three years. According to the Knight Frank/Markit House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI), 13.5 per cent of home-owners think that the value of their home increased during the past month, the highest proportion since June 2010.

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Ultra-Prime Property Purchases to Rise in Safe Havens

London's safe-haven status will ensure ultra-prime property purchases in the city continue to rise. Research by Candy & Candy, Savills and Deutsche Bank showed the value of residential property transactions over GBP 10 million in financial hubs like the capital will grow by 27 per cent over the next five years...

Wednesday 08 May 2013

Is a Bungalow the Best Bet for Property Investment?

If you have your eye on residential property investment, chances are you won't feel particularly enamored towards bungalows, but according to a new report, this could be a big mistake...

Tuesday 07 May 2013

UK Dominant in Growing European Retail Investment

Retail real estate investment in Europe jumped 60 percent in Q1 compared to last year, with investors pouring 5.1 billion Euros into the real estate during the quarter, 40% of which was in the UK...

Tuesday 07 May 2013

American Attitudes Toward Home Ownership Changing - Again?

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...

Friday 26 Apr 2013

Government to Consult on SIPPs and SSASs Residential Property Inclusion

In an unexpected announcement, the Government has decided to explore with interested parties whether the conversion of unused space in commercial properties in high streets and town centres to residential use could be allowed within pension schemes...

Wednesday 24 Apr 2013

Mortgage Lending Drops but Figures Distorted

Mortgage lending decreased in March year-on-year, but the figures may not be an accurate depiction of the health of the sector. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) claims that while gross mortgage lending...

Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Seller Shortage Fuels Property Price Rise in April

Property prices have been increasing throughout April, thanks to a seller shortage. RightMove's House Price Index posted a fourth consecutive quarter of price rises...

Monday 22 Apr 2013

UK Hotel Investment Quadruples in Q1

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...

Monday 22 Apr 2013

Global Shopping Centre Development Bucking Uncertain Trend

An unprecedented 32 million m² of shopping centre space is currently under construction across the world, representing a 15% increase year-on-year (28 million m² in 2012), according to the latest research from global property advisor CBRE...

Friday 19 Apr 2013

Chinese Real Estate: The Jewel of Asian Investment Losing its Sheen?

During the financial crisis the reports were near constant of soaring Chinese home prices. Then the reports began to focus on the potential for a bubble and whether the government would intervene...

Friday 19 Apr 2013

California House Prices Now Back to 2008 Levels

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...

Thursday 18 Apr 2013

Top 10 Cities for the Well-Heeled

When you've got money in your pocket the world is your oyster, but just where should you set your pin on the globe if you want to ensure you are seen in the hottest location?

Tuesday 16 Apr 2013

Big Indices Show Strong 2012 for Global Real Estate

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...

Tuesday 16 Apr 2013

CEE Commercial Real Estate Investment Tripled in Q1

Commercial real estate investment in the CEE region has hit the second highest Q1 level since 2007 and the highest since Q1 2008 according to the latest data from CBRE...

Friday 12 Apr 2013

US Hotel Sales Up 41% this Year

According to the latest report from Real Capital Analytics US hotel sales in the first two months of this year were up 41% on the same period in 2012. According to the firm's hotel trends report the largest increases were in portfolio sales...

Thursday 11 Apr 2013

Peak Property Values to "Return by 2014"

If you're looking for a property investment project you may need to act fast if you want to pick up a bargain, as it seems peak prices will be making a comeback before too long...

Friday 05 Apr 2013

Big Players Enticed into the UK Buy to Let Sector

"The expanding residential rental property market, particularly in London and southern England, is gaining in appeal for institutional investors" The words of Alex Jeffrey, the chief executive of Prupim - one of the UK's biggest institutional investors Prudential insurance, via its asset management subsidiary M&G...

Friday 05 Apr 2013

US House Prices Growing at 2006 Levels Says Case-Shiller

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?

Tuesday 02 Apr 2013

US House Prices Continue to Climb

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...

Thursday 28 Mar 2013

Top-Down Recovery for UK Housing Market

It will still be a top-down recovery for the UK housing market, despite Budget 2013 containing measures that will act as a boost for the lower tiers...

Wednesday 27 Mar 2013

Are Budget 2013's Housing Provisions Helping the Rich?

Budget 2013 is coming under fire for creating confusion over whether state-backed mortgages can be used by the wealthy to buy second homes. After initially being praised for introducing a raft of measures to benefit home buyers, the government is now coming under fire...

Tuesday 26 Mar 2013

Foreign Investors Drive Continued Growth in Miami

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...

Tuesday 26 Mar 2013

US Housing Starts Spur Recovery

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...

Monday 25 Mar 2013

Budget 2013 Delivers Sought after Housing Reform

The UK housing market received the boost it had hoped for in the 2013 Budget. George Osborne revealed that the government will be giving GBP 5.4 billion of financial support to tackle long-term problems in the sector and support those looking get on or move up the property ladder...

Friday 22 Mar 2013

The House Price Paradox Challenge – Whose Fault is it Anyway?

In this post, inspired in part by my fanatical attention to pointing out the flaws in many suggestions made by politicians, bankers and the public over the past few years. I am going to attempt to detect the root cause of the problem – and propose not one, but two possible solutions which you can all argue about...

Thursday 21 Mar 2013

Is the US Housing Market Suffering a Crisis of Confidence?

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...

Thursday 21 Mar 2013

Savills Predicts US - UK Led Surge in Global Hotel Investment

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...

Wednesday 20 Mar 2013

Confidence Driving Up UK Property Prices

Confidence in the UK property market is rising and this is driving up real estate values across the country. RightMove's House Price Index revealed that the beginning of the spring market has seen the highest ever new seller asking prices...

Tuesday 19 Mar 2013

RICS: More Needed to Get Britain Building

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is calling on the government to deliver on its promises to get Britain building. Ahead of next week's Budget, the organisation has urged funds to be released to give the property market a much needed boost...

Monday 18 Mar 2013

US Property Continues to Attract Investment

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...

Friday 15 Mar 2013

Will Budget 2013 Offer Relief to First Time Buyers?

Property investment has become a dream for many people in the UK, with a report from the House Builders Federation revealing that saving a deposit for a home will now take the average first-time buyer ten years...

Thursday 14 Mar 2013

Polish Commercial Property Sector Surges into 2013

Savills latest report into the Polish commercial property market shows an exceptionally strong final quarter to end last year, boosting the year-end total to a 6 year high...

Thursday 14 Mar 2013

House Sales Reach Two-and-a-Half Year High

House sales in the UK have reached a two-and-a-half year high, meaning more property investment deals could soon be in the pipeline. The latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) housing market survey revealed that despite a threat of a triple-dip recession...

Wednesday 13 Mar 2013

European Commercial Property Most Attractive in 10 Years

According to new research European commercial property prices are the most attractive for 10 years. The quarterly Fair Value Index by DTZ monitors the relative attractiveness of pricing in commercial property in European markets by giving each a score out of 100 based on its attractiveness...

Wednesday 13 Mar 2013

Norwegian Commercial Sector Looking Robust

Norwegian commercial property returned 4.7% last year according to the latest IPD Norway Annual Property Index. This is down from 7.3% in 2011, but as we all know in the post-crash era falling figures aren't bad if they are bringing things down to a stable and sustainable level...

Tuesday 12 Mar 2013

Employment Levels Must Continue Upwards to Sustain Housing Demand

House prices in the UK are on the rise but, in order for this run to continue, employment levels must progress in an upwards position. This is the conclusion to come out of the Halifax House Price Index...

Monday 11 Mar 2013

What is Really Going on in the US Hotel Market?

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...

Friday 08 Mar 2013

No Improvement in Mortgage Lending

There has been no improvement in the number of mortgages being approved in the UK, despite the government's attempts to encourage financial institutions to increase lending. Data from the Bank of England revealed that in January, British mortgage approvals for house purchases fell...

Thursday 07 Mar 2013

New Structures Give ISA Access to Residential Property Investment

Ever since the global financial crisis wiped trillions off the global stock markets making many pension products near-worthless, we have all been clambering the find better ways to secure our future. Property has become a popular investment because it is less volatile...

Thursday 07 Mar 2013

Are Overseas Investors Sick of Sky-high London Property Prices?

London property has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength during the financial crisis, with real estate investment the asset of choice for overseas investors looking for a safe haven for their money...

Wednesday 06 Mar 2013

Americas Hotels Enjoying Strong Growth

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...

Wednesday 06 Mar 2013

US Mortgage Performance Improving

The latest US National Delinquency Survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association shows that the delinquency rate on mortgages covering 1-4 residential properties fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.09% at the end of Q4 last year...

Thursday 28 Feb 2013

Latest on US Housing Recovery

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...

Tuesday 26 Feb 2013

Can Cheap Fixed Rate Mortgages have any Real Impact?

The market is currently awash with cheap fixed rate mortgages but with deposits continuing to be sky high, how much impact can they really have?...

Monday 25 Feb 2013

US Industrial Property Market Puts its Best Foot Forward

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...

Monday 25 Feb 2013

Investors Enjoying Fun on the Farm

Property investors are making hay while the sun shines - often literally - in the farming sector, with new statics showing the price of rural land hit a record high in the second half of 2012...

Friday 22 Feb 2013

San Francisco Prime Spot for US Hotel Investment

San Francisco hotels are proving to be prime investment properties in the US, with the city enjoying the greatest rate jump in 2012...

Wednesday 20 Feb 2013

IHG Announces 13 New Hotels in India

International hotel chain InterContinental is to build 13 new hotels in India. The news has come of the current UK trade mission, in which IHG's Asia chief Jan Smits joined David Cameron to boost trade ties between the UK and India...

Wednesday 20 Feb 2013

UK House Prices at Record Highs?

Yesterday the Telegraph had a headline House Prices hit 'five year high' and you think wow. However, anyone who knows the industry and reads into the report finds out it is a load of sensationalist rubbish...

Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Tried and Tested Tax Alternatives to Bedroom Tax and Mansion Tax

The terms "Bedroom Tax" and "Mansion Tax" have been very popular in the UK of late – spurred on by the latest proposals to alter benefit payments depending on how efficiently occupied a recipients house is and more recently, the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband has again been proposing a "Mansion Tax"...

Friday 15 Feb 2013

UK Commercial Activity Up but Growth Slows [Report]

According to a new report from leading real estate consultancy Savills commercial activity in the UK rose in January for the 5th straight month. Sounds great until the next bit of the report tells you that the growth was not only slight, but was the slowest pace of growth since the current period of growth began...

Thursday 14 Feb 2013

E-commerce Darkens the Future of the US Shopping Mall

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...

Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

US Hotel Construction Surges Ahead

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...

Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

HS2: Commercial Blessing or Residential Headache?

The HS2 high-speed railway has been heralded as vital to improving the UK economy, better linking the North to the South and preparing the country for the future. While the development will no doubt support business by opening up new commercial markets, for residential property, the impact of HS2 may not be as favourable.

Thursday 07 Feb 2013

New Report Shines Light on Economic Performance of UK Cities

The centre for cities has just released it cities outlook 2013 report and it is a goldmine of information, most of which is very useful to investors and potential investors...

Thursday 07 Feb 2013

Spanish Bad Bank to Sell Properties - But How?

Set up as a condition of Spain's receiving European rescue funds, SAREB has scooped up £37 billion worth of land, foreclosed homes, half-built developments, and developer loans from four nationalised banks...

Wednesday 06 Feb 2013

The Changing Face of UK Retail

Around the world you can hear stories about hot retail investment sectors, with new malls being built and rented out by the handful in the likes of Turkey. Even in America there are still plenty of mall developments being reported. But in the UK only one new mall is to open this year...

Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

UK Suffering from Property Price Gulf

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...

Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Eastbourne Property Offers Good Investment Opportunities

It seems as though Eastbourne is the place to be for commercial property investment, according to an expert. Mike Reid, from the chartered surveyors and estate agents Reid + Dean, believes that the outlook for the market in the Sussex town is decidedly optimistic...

Monday 04 Feb 2013

Commercial Investment in Asia Pacific to Grow

Commercial property investment across the Asia Pacific is set to grow this year, attracting buyers from around the globe. According to Jones Lang LaSalle, capital markets in the region will increase between ten and 15 per cent in 2013...

Monday 04 Feb 2013

US Commercial Property Grows Steadily During Q4 2012

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)...

Friday 01 Feb 2013

London's Pre-Completion Residential Units Selling Well

Nearly half of all residential units under construction in London have been snapped up before completion, according to new data...

Thursday 31 Jan 2013

Trending Property News - Week 5

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...

Thursday 31 Jan 2013

US House Prices Continue to Grow in S&P (Official) Index

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...

Wednesday 30 Jan 2013

Manufacturing Recovery ''Good News'' for Commercial Property

The recent recovery of the UK manufacturing industry is good news for the commercial property sector, according to property consultants D&P Holt. The Confederation of British Industry recently revealed that while orders were flat in the three months to January...

Monday 28 Jan 2013

Middle East Hotel Sector On the Up

The latest information from STR Global shows positive performances in the Middle East/Africa hotel sector across most regions when reported in US Dollars...

Monday 28 Jan 2013

Leeds Office Market Gaining Ground

The Leeds office market picked up momentum in 2012, achieving its greatest level of occupier demand since the beginning of the recession. Figures from the Leeds Office Agents' Forum revealed that last year take-up totalled 405,951 square feet...

Friday 25 Jan 2013

Eurozone Collapse: Were Predictions Misguided or Premature?

The eurozone is undoubtedly in crisis but its predicted collapse has yet to materialise. In fact, there have been small signs of recovery - a shock to those such as Nobel-Prize winner Paul Krugman who expected the implosion of the monetary union to occur before 2013...

Wednesday 23 Jan 2013

Credit Crunch Killed the Emerging Market Star

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...

Tuesday 22 Jan 2013

Farmland to Defy Trend for Minimal Growth

With many UK growth markets - including central London - experiencing a slowdown this year, it seems farmland is the safe bet for property investment in 2013. According to research from Savills...

Tuesday 22 Jan 2013

Down and Dirty with the Recovery: The World in 2013

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...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Russian Real Estate Investment Up Says JLLS

According to the latest data from Jones Lang La Salle, Russia has come back to life in terms of investor demand, sentiment and, most importantly investment...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

London Hotel Sector Set for a Positive 2013

Solid growth is expected in the London hotel sector this year according to a new report from STR Global and Tourism Economics. The report predicts strong growth in both supply and demand in the coming year...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Is Asian Property Growth Too Good To Be True?

You should never put all of your eggs into one basket, or so the old saying goes. The Asian property market is no exception to this rule and while there is undoubtedly growth, several factors call for trepidation, if not outright concern...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Well Located Configured Retail Units in Demand

Configured retail units in good locations continue to be in demand, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Despite structural changes currently taking place in the sector and a constant stream of businesses going into administration...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Singapore Tightens Property Measures

Property investment in Singapore has just got more complicated, with the government announcing another round of tight real estate regulations. While the most sensationalist changes will affect the residential sector...

Friday 18 Jan 2013

Shop Chains Increase in 2012

Retail space is still an attractive asset for those considering property investment, with figures from the CBRE showing that the total number of businesses with multiple branches in Great Britain increased in 2012...

Thursday 17 Jan 2013

JLLS Predicts Strong Year for Hotel Investment

Real estate big hitter Jones Lang LaSalle has predicted that global hotel investment will total $32 billion this year. The firm believes that more transparency will make it easier for cross-border investors in the sector...

Wednesday 16 Jan 2013

UK Property Market Makes Losers of Many, but Not Landlords

The UK property market is heading to hell in a rental-boom-fuelled hand-basket. But having said that, while it is in an abysmal state, it isn't much worse now than it has been since 2008...

Tuesday 15 Jan 2013

Last Quarter Surge Boosts Global Real Estate Investment Volume

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...

Tuesday 15 Jan 2013

Is Ireland's Economy Really on the Road to Recovery?

The Grant Thornton International Business Report 2013 has named Ireland as the 5th most optimistic economy in Europe, with 36 per cent of senior executives hopeful that the country's prospects will improve by 2014.

Monday 14 Jan 2013

US Industrial Property is Runaway Winner of 2012

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...

Monday 14 Jan 2013

Institutional Investors Put Increasing Stock in Real Estate Investment

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...

Thursday 10 Jan 2013

Global Housing Ups and Downs Continue

Well respected industry research publication the Global Property Guide has published the latest issue of its global inflation-adjusted index for Q3 2012, and it contains about as many surprises as it always does...

Wednesday 09 Jan 2013

Bleak Picture in Central Eastern Europe says CBRE

According to the latest data from CBRE, Poland and Russia are two commercial property hopes in a very bleak Europe. The report shows overall commercial real estate investment volumes fell 35% in the CEE region last year...

Wednesday 09 Jan 2013

Farmland Continued to Attract Investors in Q4

Farmland continued to be an attractive real estate investment opportunity in the final quarter of last year, according to the Knight Frank Farmland Index Q4 2012 report...

Tuesday 08 Jan 2013

Will US Real Estate Remain an Attractive Investment?

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.

Friday 04 Jan 2013

Why House Price Optimism Is the Root of All Evil

With 2013 now underway I was hoping some sense might have found its way into the UK housing market after a sustained break, or at best, there might be some delay before any nonsense crept in. Sadly it has not been the case...

Thursday 03 Jan 2013

Home Ownership Continues to Fall in England and Wales

Home ownership in England and Wales is dropping drastically. This is no longer something that economists suspect, or that analysts quip about in articles about generation rent, it is a cold hard fact as shown by official UK census data.

Friday 21 Dec 2012

The Humbug Report – Part II – Rest of the World 2013

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...

Wednesday 19 Dec 2012

Are South-east Asians Really Driving the London Property Market?

Over recent years, the London property market has experienced increased activity from south-east Asia. Wealthy buyers are now seeking real estate investment opportunities in the UK capital...

Monday 17 Dec 2012

The Housing Humbug Report – UK Property Market Predictions 2013

It's time once again for one of my Housing Humbug Reports in which I take a look at the past 12 months in the property and financial markets and see if there are any potential gems of wisdom to be found and make a few predictions on what next year might hold...

Monday 17 Dec 2012

New Data Shows Growth in Middle East Hotel Sector

Ernst and Young have released the latest issue of its Hotel Benchmark Survey for the Middle East, showing a very impressive performance for the region's hotels...

Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

Slight Decline in Russian Investment Volumes says C&W

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...

Tuesday 11 Dec 2012

Autumn Statement Brings Good News for Commercial Property Market

Wednesday's (December 5th) Autumn Statement brought good news for the commercial property market in the UK and there is hope that the changes will lead to further growth...

Monday 10 Dec 2012

Research: Manchester Rises as Global Investment Destination

New research from leading property company Jones Lang La Salle has found Manchester to be the 15th biggest real estate investment destination in the world relative to the size of its economy...

Monday 10 Dec 2012

Salford Office Property Stock to Receive Boost

Salford office stock is set to receive a further boost, cementing the region as the new hot spot for property investment. The North West Evergreen Fund has made an early investment in the Soapworks regeneration development project...

Friday 07 Dec 2012

European CMBS Becoming a Worry

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...

Thursday 06 Dec 2012

US Multi-housing Vacancy Rate Set to Rise

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.

Wednesday 05 Dec 2012

Beijing and Shanghai Hold Investment Opportunities for British Investors

Beijing and Shanghai are two cities presenting significant property investment opportunities for British buyers. The cities recently sold...

Tuesday 04 Dec 2012

Manchester is a Top Real Estate Investment Spot

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...

Monday 03 Dec 2012

UK Forestry Market Delivering "Excellent Returns"

While most people considering property investment instantly look towards bricks and mortar, it is those thinking outside the box that could actually be enjoying a greater rate of return. According to a new report launched by Savills and UPM Tilhill, the UK forestry market is proving itself to be a much coveted asset.

Friday 30 Nov 2012

US Office Vacancies to Decline in 2013

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...

Thursday 29 Nov 2012

Miami is Property Investment Hotspot

Miami is emerging as the prime US spot for property investment, driving the trend for rising prices across Florida. claims that condominium prices increased by 19.3 per cent year-on-year...

Wednesday 28 Nov 2012

Momentum Continues in Logistics and Industrial Property Sectors

The European logistics and industrial sector is proving itself to be a prime market for property investment, with the latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle revealing that assets maintained their momentum in the penultimate quarter of 2012...

Monday 26 Nov 2012

UK Commercial Property Investment: Private Sector Up, Public Sector Down

Commercial real estate investment in the UK was a mixed bag, or more like a split personality in October according to the latest research from Savills...

Monday 26 Nov 2012

Lloyds TSB Sells Off More Troubled Irish Loans

Government owned Lloyds TSB is back on the sale trail flogging off more of its distressed properties and property loans to hungry investment funds and other buyers, what it calls a "strategy of shrinking its balance sheet by shedding non-core assets"...

Monday 26 Nov 2012

US Commercial Property Performing Well Across All Sectors

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...

Friday 23 Nov 2012

Industry Big Hitters Tear Down Coalition Housing Policy

The coalition government has failed us massively; more specifically it has failed to do anything useful to combat the many problems in the country's housing situation...

Friday 23 Nov 2012

Is Geography to Blame for Slow Apart-Hotel Growth in UK?

The UK apart-hotel sector has traditionally lagged behind Asia and the US, with a recent report from Savills revealing that there are just 1.2 units for every 1,000 business visitors in London, while New York boasts 5.2 units.

Thursday 22 Nov 2012

London is Still the Global City of Choice

London is continuing to be the global city of choice for property investment, according to a panel of experts. Speaking to Jones Lang LaSalle, industry leaders explained that over the last 12 months the capital has outperformed other key players.

Thursday 22 Nov 2012

Retail Space Declines in US

Those looking for retail investment property in the US will need to act quickly to avoid high prices, as availability rates continue to slip. According to the CBRE, retail real estate will continue on a steady recovery in 2013, but neighbourhood and community shopping centre availability will decline to 11.7 per cent.

Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

Student Accommodation in Glasgow Attracting Property Investment

The student accommodation market in Glasgow is poised to receive a significant influx of property investment. Currently ranked 3rd in the UK by the International Student Barometer, the city has a chronic lack of accommodation, with only 9,395 purpose built beds for 52,255 full time students.

Saturday 17 Nov 2012

Commercial Real Estate Lending Increasing in US

Lending for commercial real estate in the US is increasing, according to a panel of industry experts. During the Commercial Real Estate Women of Greater Cincinnati conference, speakers agreed that lending standards are starting to relax and capital is becoming available once again, the Business Courier reported.

Friday 16 Nov 2012

Office-to-Residence Conversions Reach Record Highs

With demand for residential property in London reaching new highs, office-to-residence conversions are increasing in popularity among those looking for a strong investment opportunity...

Thursday 15 Nov 2012

Long Term Demand Driving Serviced Apartment Sector in Aberdeen

A serviced apartment in Aberdeen is proving to be a strong property investment option for those looking to enter the hospitality sector, with demand for long-term accommodation driven by the city's business tourism...

Thursday 15 Nov 2012

Real Estate Investment Opportunities Increasing in US

There looks set to be more real estate investment opportunities in USA, with Freddie Mac posting positive growth figures in the third quarter 2012...

Wednesday 14 Nov 2012

Warsaw Commercial Real Estate Market Remains Strong

According to CBRE, the largest real estate advisory in the world by 2011 revenue, the Polish capital Warsaw continues to be a hot commercial real estate prospect...

Wednesday 14 Nov 2012

Belfast and Aberdeen Hotels Performing Well

Belfast and Aberdeen are proving to be among the best areas in the UK for hotel property investment, as the rest of the country prepares for a post-summer lull...

Tuesday 13 Nov 2012

London Crowned Most Expensive Capital for Better or Worse

News that London has the world's most expensive residential properties comes as no shock, for it is certainly not the first time it has held such a status, but it is perceived in 2 ways. On one hand it is seen as a great acclaim..

Tuesday 13 Nov 2012

Student Accommodation is Now Mainstream Investment Opportunity

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...

Friday 09 Nov 2012

It's 2004 All Over Again in Miami Real Estate Market

When America crashed few markets suffered worse than Miami, with thousands of foreclosures every week and very few people buying, available stock was languishing on the market...

Friday 09 Nov 2012

Crossrail to Push up Property Prices

Residential property prices along the £16 billion Crossrail route could appreciate by up to 25% over the next decade years, according to a study by property consultancy GVA...

Friday 09 Nov 2012

Buyers Looking for Luxury When Investing in Property

Buyers are now on the search for luxury when investing in property, according to new figures from Knight Frank. The Prime Global Cities Index for the third quarter of 2012 revealed that people are turning to high-end bricks and mortar...

Thursday 08 Nov 2012

UK Housing Stuck in the Doldrums for the Foreseeable Future

UK house prices won't recover all they lost until 2019 (2031 if you strip out inflation) according to a new report by global estate agency Knight Frank, which would make it the slowest recovery ever witnessed by the UK housing market...

Thursday 08 Nov 2012

Will More House Building Really Ease House Prices?

Whilst regular readers will know I am not a fan of average house price statistics and regard them as being as useful as a doorbell on the hatch of a submarine – this IS one of the rare occasions that such statistics can be used with a modicum of relevance...

Wednesday 07 Nov 2012

Asian Property Markets Outperforming Despite Cooling Measures

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...

Wednesday 07 Nov 2012

Govt Urged to Encourage Property Investments Outside of London

The Government has been urged to encourage more property investments outside of London by one MP. Lord Michael Heseltine told prime minister David Cameron that his obsession with the capital must end...

Monday 05 Nov 2012

Slow Recovery Predicted for Commercial Real Estate in Russia

While the Russian economic situation is fraught with tension to say the least, experts are predicting a turnaround in the commercial real estate market, albeit a slow one...

Monday 05 Nov 2012

What Will Hurricane Sandy Mean for US Property Market?

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...

Friday 02 Nov 2012

UK Student Investment Smashes Records, Again

The cold-hard figures show that demand for student accommodation outweighs supply by around 3 to 1 depending on where you look. Indeed, because student accommodation investment has come into its own recently...

Friday 02 Nov 2012

Knight Frank: Residential Towers Will Define London

Tall residential and mixed-use towers in London are emerging as strong investment properties, with a new report claiming that the buildings will increasingly define the capital's skyline over the next couple of years...

Wednesday 31 Oct 2012

Boris Johnson Announces Retirement Housing Fund

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the creation of a GBP 60 million fund to improve the nation's retirement property sector. Delivered in partnership with the Department of Health...

Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

Olympics Bring Much Needed Boost to London Hotel Market

We may still be in debate as to whether or not the Olympics 2012 helped the property market, but there can be no such doubt in the hotel sector according to a new report...

Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

Aberdeen Real Estate: The Next Investment Hotspot?

According to research published by PKF Accountants earlier this month, Aberdeen is one of the few UK hotel markets that experienced an increase in revenue and occupancy rates during July this year...

Monday 29 Oct 2012

UK Student Accommodation Market ''Attracts Record Investment''

The volume of investment in the UK's student accommodation sector has reached its highest ever level, new research from CBRE shows. According to the firm, GBP 2 billion has been ploughed into the student housing market...

Friday 26 Oct 2012

German Office Investment Up 50% Y-o-Y

New data from BNP Paribas shows massive growth in the German office sector in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year. The data, from the firm's German real estate division shows that...

Friday 26 Oct 2012

Construction Finance: How Has the Sector Changed?

The availability of all kinds of finance has been restricted since the onset of the global financial crisis, both in the UK and elsewhere around the world...

Thursday 25 Oct 2012

The Glass Half Full Real Estate Investor

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...

Thursday 25 Oct 2012

American Housing Sales Rise but Financing Hinders Recovery

The American housing market continues to silence any critics. The latest news is that 389,000 newly-built single-family homes were purchased in seasonally-adjusted September...

Thursday 25 Oct 2012

''Various Reasons'' for Overseas Investors to Target UK Property

There are many reasons why buying an investment property in the UK is appealing to investors from overseas, particularly those within the eurozone...

Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

German Real Estate Performing Well Despite Yearly Investment Drop

German property investment totalled 5.3 billion Euros in Q3 this year according to the latest data from Savills, making it the best performing quarter of the year and taking us to 14.4 billion Euros for the first 9 months of the year.

Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

Mixed Picture for US Office Markets

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...

Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

UK Rents are Growing - But Just How High?

According to LSL Property Services rents in England and Wales hit a new high of £741 in September, but according to Move With Us rents ended (September) Q3 at £970. A big difference, especially given that both measure asking rents...

Monday 22 Oct 2012

UK Real Estate Attracting Strong European Investment

The UK commercial property investment market has been attracting an increasing amount of attention from European investors...

Monday 22 Oct 2012

UK Unlisted Property Funds Bringing Continued Positive Returns

Unlisted property funds in the UK returned 0.4% in Q3, a slight increase over the previous quarter as underlying direct property values fell slower according to the AREF/IPD UK Pooled Property Fund Index...

Friday 19 Oct 2012

London Office Space Take-up Soars

London enjoyed a significant rise in the total take-up of space in its office sector during the second quarter of 2012...

Thursday 18 Oct 2012

German Property Market Flourishing Not Bubbling

German property sales and prices are soaring and again, as happens so often to outperforming markets in the post-crash era, some supposed experts are voicing their concerns that the German housing market may be bubbling in places...

Thursday 18 Oct 2012

UK Property Focus ''Concentrated on Prime Sector''

The prime market is the focus of those investing in property in Britain due to the return to recession, a new study has concluded....

Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Weak Supply in California Leads to Slower Sales and Soaring Prices

New data from the California Association of Realtors for September showed that the continued shortage of available homes for sale not only lowered sales, but took the average house price to the highest level in 4 years...

Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Transparency in Global Property Markets Rises

Recovering global property markets have prompted renewed impetus to transparency improvements following a slowdown in progress during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009...

Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Strong Investment in Asia Pacific's Commercial Property Market in H2

The strong direct commercial property investment market in the second quarter (Q2) of this year was reflected by a 26% year-on-year rise in volumes to around £16.3 billion...

Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Yorkshire Cities ''Face Battle for Property Investment''

The Yorkshire cities of Leeds and Sheffield need to work hard to ensure they do not lose their tier one status when it comes to being hubs for investment...

Tuesday 16 Oct 2012

Spanish Debt in the Toilet - Time to Take the Property Investment Plunge?

Ratings agency Standard and Poors have just downgraded Spanish bonds by two notches to BBB-, which is now just 1 notch above junk-debt ratings – Spanish bonds are hanging over the toilet with one foot in the grave...

Tuesday 16 Oct 2012

Upbeat Outlook for Global Serviced Apartment Market

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...

Monday 15 Oct 2012

Big Increase in European Retail Investment in Q3

According to the latest data from Jones Lang La Salle, investment in European retail real estate saw marked growth in the third quarter of the year following a weak first half...

Monday 15 Oct 2012

Two Markets to Watch in 2013

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...

Monday 15 Oct 2012

UK Shopping Centre Investment Picking Up

There is evidence that the shopping centre investment market in the UK is picking up. The value of transactions completed in the third quarter of this year was almost double that in the three months from April to June...

Thursday 11 Oct 2012

Investment Drivers in European Real Estate Revealed

Factors that encourage investment in European property markets have been revealed by a new report compiled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Wednesday 10 Oct 2012

Gold Values Rise Faster than Super-Prime London Real Estate

Prime London property is a safe-haven against the volatile economic climate; where inflation, foreign exchange rates and zero-rate interest are all combining to suck away the value of cash savings...

Tuesday 09 Oct 2012

Eurozone Funds Suffering as Crisis Refuses to Die

Now well over 2 years into the Eurozone financial crisis and its lingering effects are continuing to depress the performance of European property funds...

Tuesday 09 Oct 2012

Top 3 Real Estate Safe Havens in Europe

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...

Monday 08 Oct 2012

UK Hotel Investment Market "Resilient"

The investment market for hotels in the UK - and especially London - is holding up well. Activity in the industry so far in 2012 has been "relatively resilient"...

Monday 08 Oct 2012

London Property ''a Top Target for HNWI''

A growing number of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) from all over the world have London's real estate investment market in their sights...

Thursday 04 Oct 2012

Secondary Property ''Can Perform for Investors''

Investors should not shy away from the secondary real estate market in the UK, but they do need to be risk aware when they buy assets in this sector...

Tuesday 02 Oct 2012

US Real Estate Fundamentals ''Improving''

The fundamentals of both the US's commercial and residential property sectors are improving, despite the wider economic issues facing the country...

Monday 01 Oct 2012

The Changing Landscape of Real Estate Funding

The global financial crisis has had an impact on almost every walk of life and has changed the way in which businesses can source funding for their ventures and expansion...

Monday 01 Oct 2012

New Buy Scheme Fails to Impress in Early Days

As of June 30th just 250 first time buyers have successfully purchased homes with the help of the government's mortgage indemnity scheme NewBuy, which launched in March...

Monday 01 Oct 2012

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