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New Fund Types to Draw Foreigners to Mexico Hotel investment Sector

Leading international real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle is predicting strong growth in Mexico hotel investment in the next 2 years, due to the introduction of new financial vehicles in the country and the sector.

Friday 28 Jun 2013

Mortgage approvals increase by a quarter

The UK residential property market has experienced a boost as the number of approved mortgages increased. Mortgage approvals in May increased by 24 per cent on the same month in 2012, according to figures released by the British Bankers Association (BBA), hitting a 16-month high.

Friday 28 Jun 2013

What Features are Important to Prime Buyers?

Prime property in the UK is performing well, particularly in the capital where the well-heeled continue to flock to take advantage of its safe haven status. When money is no object, property investment almost becomes a matter of heart over head.

Friday 28 Jun 2013

Could Jails be the New Hot Hotels?

A night in the slammer may be most people's idea of a nightmare, but hoteliers and policy makers are hoping to attract the few that would consider the experience an attractive novelty. New plans have been put forward by the Policy Exchange to create a series of...

Tuesday 25 Jun 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 Shopping Centre Transaction Volume Doubles

Some GBP 1.928 billion worth of shopping centre transactions were carried out in the first half of 2013 according to the latest data from Cushman and Wakefield. This is more than twice the figure recorded for the same period last year...

Friday 21 Jun 2013

Youngsters Locked Out of Property Market

Young people in the UK are finding themselves locked out of the property market, according to research commissioned by Shelter. Across the country, would-be first-time buyers have little hope of owning a home and are forced to delay property investment...

Friday 21 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 Buy-to-Let Property the New Hot Asset?

Property investment is all about finding the segment that will give you the greatest returns and stability over the long term. However, in a sector that is always changing, this can be difficult: one year's hot asset can be next month's financial drain.

Thursday 20 Jun 2013

US Builder Confidence Up - Good Sign for Construction

The US construction industry looks like it's on the up, with builder confidence returning. Figures from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Wells Fargo Housing Market Index showed that for newly-built single-family homes, confidence surged eight points to read 52 for June.

Wednesday 19 Jun 2013

US Housing Inventory Increasing at Last

More homes are coming onto the US housing market, perhaps signalling an end to the inventory issues that have badly restricted the market over the last several months. The increase in availability is as reported by two major listing sites in the country.

Tuesday 18 Jun 2013

IMLA - Regulation to Blame for Lack of Lending

Regulation is behind the lack of mortgage lending in the UK, according to a new report. Commissioned by the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA), the study shows that fewer people are becoming home-owners due to British and EU regulations...

Tuesday 18 Jun 2013

Landlords Investing More in Residential ARLA Finds

The latest study from the Association of Residential Letting Agents has found that, despite a slight softening in tenant demand, landlord investor sentiment continues to increase in the residential sector.

Monday 17 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

London Housing Supply Failing to Keep Up

Construction in London will be unable to keep up with demand for residential stock between now and 2022. A new report from Knight Frank revealed that despite a substantial increase in development activity in many areas of the capital...

Friday 14 Jun 2013

Property Sales at Highest Level Since 2010

Residential property sales in the UK are now at their highest level since January 2010, according to the residential market report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Activity is certainly starting to return to the market...

Thursday 13 Jun 2013

UK Home Sales Hit 3 Year High Says RICS

Home sales in the UK have hit a 3 year high according to the latest data from RICS. According to the industry body its members handled an average of 17.9 sales in the three months ending May...

Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

Help to Buy Scheme Starts Strong Despite Criticism

Although it has faced a raft of criticism since its launch, the government's Help to Buy Scheme has got off to a strong start. The programme is comprised of a mortgage guarantee option and an equity loan component.

Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

Average Rental Yields Falling

Average rental yields across the UK are falling, according to new statistics for May. Countrywide's Monthly Lettings Index revealed a drop of 0.1 per cent occurred last month. However, the integrated property service stresses that yields remain strong...

Tuesday 11 Jun 2013

Room-for-Rent Numbers Falling

Opportunities abound in the buy-to-let sector, as room-for-rent numbers continue to fall. According to research from, a lack of rooms and consistent demand from renters has been pushing up rents....

Monday 10 Jun 2013

World's Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund Buying British

Norway's oil fund has purchased a GBP 250m portfolio of suburban warehouses in the U.K. as it moves forward with plans to increase its property assets. The Norwegian Pension Fund Global, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, is buying 11 warehouses...

Monday 10 Jun 2013

US Hotel Transactions Up 50 percent in 2013

The latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle shows that US hotel transactions were 50 percent higher in the first half of this year than the same period last year, with USD 8 billion dollars’ worth of transactions already completed.

Monday 10 Jun 2013

Irish Transaction Volumes up 14.4% Says Banking Federation

According to the latest release of the Irish Banking Federation's Housing Market Monitor transaction volumes in the republic increased 14.4% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year...

Friday 07 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

Prime London Property Market Slowing to a Simmer?

The latest release of the Knight Frank's Prime Central London Index increased a slight 0.3 percent in May from the previous month. It also showed prices up 3.2 percent from the start of the year and 7.2 percent from a year earlier...

Thursday 06 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

High Spec is Main Draw for Property Buyers

Location, location, location is no longer the mantra of the property sector and it seems buyers now have other concerns. According to research from Aviva, people are increasingly going in search of homes completed to a high specification...

Thursday 06 Jun 2013

Luxury Buyers Becoming Price Sensitive

It seems there is a growing trend of being too posh to pay in central London and buyers of luxury property are increasingly wanting prime real estate without the price tag...

Wednesday 05 Jun 2013

Will Article Four Make it Harder for Student Landlords?

Article Four is now in effect and landlords need special planning permission to convert a single family home into a rental property of three or more unrelated tenants...

Tuesday 04 Jun 2013

A Shake-Up (or more of a jiggle) for PRS Regulation in the UK

Last week was a big week for the UK's growing and increasingly vital private rented sector, or rather the regulation, or lack thereof. The Scottish government published a review of its strategy for the PRS...

Monday 03 Jun 2013