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US Residential Market sees Dire Start to 2011

Just two metropolitan areas of the US witnessed positive year-on-year house price gains, the latest Standard and Poor's S and P/Case-Shiller Home Price report has revealed....

Thursday 31 Mar 2011

Foreign Investors Remain Active in China

Foreign investors are remaining active in the Chinese property market, despite the country's government introducing a raft of tightening measures designed to cool to sector....

Thursday 31 Mar 2011

UAE Stable and Affordable Office Market

Political turmoil and continued economic uncertainty in the Middle East has helped make the UAE appear a stable and attractive option for company offices. With office rents in the emirates falling considerably over the past few years....

Wednesday 30 Mar 2011

Singapore Property Market Remains Robust

Following a successful sales performance in 2010, the Singapore property market has remained robust in the first quarter of 2011. Research by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has revealed that the total investment sales over the past three months....

Wednesday 30 Mar 2011

International Interest in London Drives Price Rises

International demand for property in London has helped to increase real estate values in the city, it has been claimed. Property consultancy Savills has claimed that London has experienced six quarters of consecutive growth....

Tuesday 29 Mar 2011

Global Property Markets See 2.8% Price Growth

The global property market recovery continued to rise in stature in the last quarter of 2010 with house values climbing 2.8 per cent, the latest data shows. Knight Frank's Global House Price Index has revealed that real estate values are have been enjoying a sustained period of growth...

Tuesday 29 Mar 2011

US Commercial Property Rents to Rebound

Commercial property rents in the US are expected to reach their former peak levels by 2015, a recent forecast has suggested. Growth in warehouse and office rates is expected to drive the rebound, RREEF said....

Monday 28 Mar 2011

Occupier Demand Up in UK Commercial Market

More positive signs are emerging from the UK commercial property market, with occupier demand up six per cent in the first quarter of 2011. Preliminary figures released by Jones Lang LaSalle suggest that there has been a marked turnaround in the sector compared to 2010 and also point to a return of business confidence....

Monday 28 Mar 2011

US Commercial Property Sector is Recovering

Growing investor confidence in commercial real estate market in the US has been highlighted with the results of a recent survey. The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Real Estate Investor Survey has suggested that many buyers believe that the sector is slowly recovering....

Friday 25 Mar 2011

Investors Welcome Stamp Duties Changes

Reforms to Stamp Duty Land Tax rules, as announced in yesterday's (March 23rd) budget, have been welcomed by UK's property investment bodies. Under new terms announced by chancellor George Osborne, the rate of Stamp Duty land Tax on purchases of multiple residential properties...

Friday 25 Mar 2011

Chinese Property Curbs Having Desired Effect

Measures designed to cool the property market in China are starting to have the desired effect on prices. In February, fewer large and medium cities in the country reported increases in home values. The measures, which were introduced by the Chinese government over the past year, include the banning of selling land at record high prices in an attempt to cool down the property market....

Thursday 24 Mar 2011

IPD Launches New European Index

The Investment Property Databank (IPD) has launched a new pan-European property fund index which will reveal the cross-border performance of real estate funds. Set to be released quarterly, the index is made up of 18 cross-border funds in the region, which represent approximately 82 per cent of the total market, Property Week reports....

Thursday 24 Mar 2011

US Real Estate Delivers Strong Returns in 2010

US real estate has delivered its third strongest annual returns of the last decade during 2010, at 14.2 per cent. Measured by the IPD US Annual Property Index, the result indicates a substantial turnaround in the market following 2009...

Wednesday 23 Mar 2011

Market Restrictions Limit Foreign Buyers in Thailand

Restrictions on foreign investment in Thailand mean that overseas buyers are increasingly being put off purchasing real estate in Bangkok...

Wednesday 23 Mar 2011

Asian Property Ends 2010 Strongly

A rapid resurgence in capital values among prime properties, improving business sentiment and growing investor confidence ensured that Asian real estate continued to grow in stature at the end of 2010....

Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

UK Commercial Recovery is Patchy

Overall recovery in the UK commercial property market is "very patchy" outside of London, Capital Economics has said. Figures from the Investment Property Databank show that during February, the UK commercial real estate sector saw capital growth of 0.2 per cent...

Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

Stable Countries to Dominate Investor's Minds in 2011

Riskier assets in stable countries could present investors with the best opportunity to make substantial returns this year, it has been suggested. According to Stuart Fiertz, co-founder of Cheyne Capital Management, 2011 will be characterised by prime properties yielding less and emerging markets losing their stability....

Monday 21 Mar 2011

Commercial Investors Still Face Problems with Lending

Commercial real estate investors in the UK could be encountering problems with bank lending, according to the latest result of a Jones Lang LaSalle reports...

Monday 21 Mar 2011

Asia Pacific Property Set for Tough Year

Investor interest in Asia Pacific property was up last year, with upmarket property group Savills reporting a near doubling of profits. The firm's Asia Pacific arm delivered an "outstanding performance" with revenues up 33 per cent to a record GBP 280 million...

Monday 21 Mar 2011

Rental Rises to Drive Occupancy Costs Up

Occupancy costs in European commercial real estate are expected to grow by two per cent year-on-year until 2015. This is according to research conducted by DTZ, which noted that rental increases will drive the rise....

Friday 18 Mar 2011

Japan Land Values Fall 3% in 2010

Land price values in Japan fell by three per cent last year, following a period of sustained growth the previous year, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said in a report.....

Friday 18 Mar 2011

Job Concerns Impacting UK Property Recovery

Concerns surrounding the future of the UK jobs market are expected to hold back full recovery of the region's property sector. The March 2011 Building Societies Association Property Tracker survey has suggested that demand for property will remain weak, with job security acting as one of the main barriers for potential owners....

Friday 18 Mar 2011

Investor Sentiment Improves in CEE

Investor sentiment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is improving, with the first two months of 2011 seeing EUR 1.2 billion spent on commercial property acquisitions....

Thursday 17 Mar 2011

UK Cities Dominate Online Property Searches

Sovereign and large pension schemes in London have been some the most active investors over the past 18 months, Property Week reports. It follows a recent study by global social network CREOPoint and KPMG which found that the UK's major cities dominated the online conversation during the recent MIPIM conference....

Thursday 17 Mar 2011

MIPIM Sees UK Create 'Online Buzz'

UK cities have been creating a great deal of online attention at the recent MIPIM conference, new research has found. In conjunction with KPMG, CREOPoint tracked 10,000 sources of online article posts between February 12th and March 12th...

Thursday 17 Mar 2011

Foreign Investment in China Up 32.2% in February

Overseas investment in China climbed by 32.2 per cent in February compared to the same period a year previously, official data has shown. However, despite the year-on-year rise, it still remained below the level of activity recorded during January, the commerce ministry said....

Wednesday 16 Mar 2011

Distressed Property Numbers Set to Rise Worldwide

Globally the number of distressed properties listed for sale is expected to increase, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has claimed....

Wednesday 16 Mar 2011

Wait and See Approach Pays Dividends for Savvy Buyers

Investors that delayed making overseas property purchases during the recession could now be benefitting from huge discounts in many foreign destinations. This is according to Lloyds TSB International, which noted that in some markets prices have dropped by as much as 40 per cent....

Wednesday 16 Mar 2011

Overseas Property High on Investors' Agenda

Confidence in the overseas property market remains high, according to the latest results of the Worldwide Property Group tracker survey. According to the study, 77 per cent of respondents feel that this is also a good time to make a foreign property acquisition....

Tuesday 15 Mar 2011

Top Shopping and Entertainment Cities Performing Well

Strong property growth is to be seen in the world's top shopping and entertainment destinations, new research by Colliers International has found. Indeed, the consultancy says that a number of locations, including New York, Hong Kong and London's West End, have seen a double digit annual rental increases....

Tuesday 15 Mar 2011