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

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

Friday 30 Mar 2012

Paris Now Top Real Estate Investment City in Europe

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

Thursday 29 Mar 2012

PRS ''Increasingly Attractive to Property Investors''

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

Thursday 29 Mar 2012

Irish House Prices Still Falling and Faster

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

Wednesday 28 Mar 2012

Student Properties ''Offer Attractive Rental Growth''

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

Wednesday 28 Mar 2012

''Growing Optimism'' in Global Commercial Property Markets

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

Tuesday 27 Mar 2012

US Foreclosures Falling Says NAR

According to the NAR foreclosures fell across the country from 2.8% in July 2011 to 2.7% in December, but the drops were much more pronounced in the areas...

Monday 26 Mar 2012

New Stamp Duty Could Scare Foreigners off Prime London

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

Friday 23 Mar 2012

Government Announces Stamp Duty Changes

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

Friday 23 Mar 2012

Amsterdam to Become Hotel Investment Hotspot in 2012

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

Thursday 22 Mar 2012

UK Prime Property Yields Steady, Financing Remains Tight

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

Thursday 22 Mar 2012

China Will Have a Soft Landing Says IMF Official

The Chinese housing market and wider economy will descend into a soft landing according to a senior official with the International Monetary Fund with in-depth knowledge of the Chinese economy...

Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

Rents for European Retail Premises ''Steady''

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

Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

''Mixed Picture'' for European Office Markets

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

Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

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

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

Monday 19 Mar 2012

US Sunbelt Economies ''Set to Improve''

Locations in the US sunbelt are expected to outperform other US destinations in terms of economic growth and their real estate markets over the next six to 12 months...

Monday 19 Mar 2012

Improving Performance Predicted in Commercial Real Estate Investment

In the latest release of its Market View report Cushman and Wakefield have predicted that the performance of commercial real estate in 2012 will be a reverse mirror image of 2011...

Friday 16 Mar 2012

Retail Real Estate Continues to Outperform in Europe

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

Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Property Markets ''Will Strengthen in H2''

The second half of 2012 will be much better for global real estate markets than the first six months of this year, demonstrating a reversal of the trends witnessed in this sector over the course of 2011...

Thursday 15 Mar 2012

UK Commercial Property Values Slip in February

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

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

Regional Office Markets ''Will Strengthen in 2012''

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

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

Government Unveils New Buy to Bring Back First Time Buyers

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

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

Capital Growth Anticipated for London Hotels

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

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

Italians Escaping to Prime London Property as Market Strides Ahead

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

Monday 12 Mar 2012

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

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

Monday 12 Mar 2012

S&P Predicts 2013 as Year of European Housing Recovery

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

Friday 09 Mar 2012

Fewer Funds Available for Global Real Estate Investment

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

Friday 09 Mar 2012

Chinese Government Reiterates Stance on Property Curbs as Tension Grows

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

Thursday 08 Mar 2012

Which Property Sectors Will Investors Target in 2012?

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

Thursday 08 Mar 2012

Manhattan Hotels Strong 2011 Performance to Continue This Year

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

Wednesday 07 Mar 2012