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Rental Boom Lights Beacon of Hope for US Housing Market

The US and UK housing markets have experienced many similar trends during the financial crisis; with both experiencing the same trends, usually one followed by the other...

Friday 23 Dec 2011

Commercial Property Investors 'to Focus on Quality'

The "flight to quality and security" among commercial property investors will continue next year, one real estate expert has claimed...

Friday 23 Dec 2011

Strong Performance Predicted for Prime Rental Sector

People seeking an income-producing property investment may want to consider the merits of the rental sector, after a report published by Savills suggested prime assets in this category will continue to perform well over the next five years....

Thursday 22 Dec 2011

Predictions for 2012 Investment Strategies Revealed

LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle) has published its Investment Strategy Annual 2012, with predictions for the performance of international real estate markets over the coming year, as well as a focus on which assets are likely to be the targeted by investors....

Thursday 22 Dec 2011

British Banks and Insurers Invest Heavily in UK Rental Property

According to data just released by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, financial institutions invested £2.2 billion in UK houses and apartments in the year ending April 2011, a 189% increase over the previous year...

Wednesday 21 Dec 2011

'Robust Investment' in Commercial Leisure Market

The commercial leisure market has had its best year since 2007 in terms of the level of investment ploughed into the sector during 2011, it has been revealed...

Wednesday 21 Dec 2011

Price Falls Predicted for UK Commercial Property

Figures published by IPD earlier this week revealed that, for the first time in over two years, a capital decline occurred in the UK's commercial property market during November. According to the firm's monthly index...

Tuesday 20 Dec 2011

Hotel Agencies Predict Boom in Sales in 2012

Head of Colliers International Hotel Agency team Julian Troup recently predicted the UK hospitality industry will see an increasing number of buyers looking for hotels to acquire in the country...

Tuesday 20 Dec 2011

New York City Foreclosures’ Continued Fall-Off Raises Hopes of Recovery

In all, there were only 57 new residential foreclosure auctions scheduled in New York, down 5% over October 2011, and down 61% over the same month of last year...

Monday 19 Dec 2011

How Will China's Hotel Market Fare in 2012?

There are signs that growth in the Chinese hotel market may be slowing down, largely as a result of reduced demand. Research published last month by STR Global showed that, during October, occupancy levels at Chinese establishments dropped by 2....

Monday 19 Dec 2011

Looking Forward to Independent Hotel 12

A new event for hoteliers in the boutique accommodation sector is due to be held in London next year, with organisers Single Market Events (SME) London and Fresh Montgomery recently announcing Independent Hotel 12 will be hosted at Olympia's West Hall in October 2012....

Monday 19 Dec 2011

Thai Hotels Set to Hike Prices

There is the possibility that hoteliers in Thailand will increase their room rates next year, it has been reported. The Bangkok Post recently highlighted predictions made by US firm Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which anticipates the cost of staying in a Thai hotel to rise by up to 20 per cent in 2012....

Friday 16 Dec 2011

Australia's Carbon Tax Makes Ripples Down Under

Last month, Australia's Clean Energy Future Bill passed through the senate and became law. The hotly-debated carbon tax is included in this piece of legislation, with commentators from a range of industries regularly debating the pros and cons of the new regulations...

Friday 16 Dec 2011

Contrasting Fortunes for EMEA Hotel Market Progress

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) hotel market has delivered a mixed performance so far in 2011. Research published last month by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels revealed that the sector...

Friday 16 Dec 2011

Shared Ownership Offers Hope to First Time Buyers

Shared ownership is being hailed as the saviour of UK first time buyers. It is a simple but unfortunate truth that most potential first time buyers in the UK can't get a mortgage...

Friday 16 Dec 2011

Olympics Set to Shape London's Property Future

With development continuing apace in the London districts surrounding the Olympic venues for 2012, there is much speculation over how the real estate market in the capital will be affected by the sporting event in years to come....

Thursday 08 Dec 2011

Irish Property Returns to Market Prominence

The Irish property market has attracted reports of nothing but doom and gloom for almost 2 years, but especially in the last few months. Rightly so I hear you say; the Irish property market has been one of the hardest hit in the world by the financial crisis...

Thursday 08 Dec 2011

The City of London Belongs to the World

Research released earlier this year highlighted the influx of international investment into London's financial district, indicating that more overseas investors are targeting this part of the capital's real estate industry...

Wednesday 07 Dec 2011

Unexpected Property Markets That Are Ripe For Investment

Investors looking for alternative real estate markets in which they can enter the Buy to Let (BTL) sector and receive good returns on their money may want to consider the merits of Panama City...

Wednesday 07 Dec 2011

Buy to Let Regulations Restricting Would-be Landlords

Despite strong demand from tenants for accommodation in the private rented sector (PRS), lender restrictions are making it difficult for new landlords to enter the Buy to Let (BTL) market...

Monday 05 Dec 2011

Student Accomodation Sector Turning To Tourism?

Student property investment experts are warning of the potential for falling student numbers to become a long term problem, affecting the long term yield potential of specialist student property investments, especially those serving lower-class institutions...

Monday 05 Dec 2011

The Secret Behind Barratt's Success

In the interim management statement released earlier this month by Barratt Developments, group chief executive Mark Clare announced that the firm "is delivering a significant improvement in operating performance". This is despite the challenging environment for UK house builders at present...

Friday 02 Dec 2011

Demand for house price cuts in Scotland

Scottish house sellers are gradually and increasingly being forced to lower their asking prices as buyers simply refuse to pay for their optimism...

Friday 02 Dec 2011

Mid-Range Hotels Top Shopping List for Investors in Europe

Earlier this year, Chinese firm HNA Group announced it will acquire a stake in the European hotel chain NH Hoteles, giving it access to the mid-range hotel market in the continent...

Thursday 01 Dec 2011

90 per cent mortgages back with a vengeance

90 percent mortgages are becoming more and more common, and some banks/building societies are even offering 95% LTV mortgages on a localised basis. There is even talk of a return of 100% LTV mortgages in 2012...

Thursday 01 Dec 2011