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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

Slowly but Surely for US Housing Recovery

The US housing recovery is taking a slowly but surely approach, which is good news for those with their sights set on property investment. With prices increasing at a steady rate...

Monday 29 Jul 2013

Starwood Hotels Betting Big on Re-Emerging Mexico

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has announced a major expansion in Mexico. According to a recent release the firm is set to expand its Mexican portfolio by 30 percent.

Friday 26 Jul 2013

Stuck with Mum and Dad? Blame the Housing Shortage

More and more Britons could be stuck living with mum and dad in the future due to the lack of housing. A new report by the National Housing Federation, entitled Housing Britain's Future, showed that when Noughties baby-boomers reach adulthood in 2020...

Friday 26 Jul 2013

Help to Buy: Mortgage Guarantee Details Unveiled

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled details of the mortgage guarantee element of the popular Help to Buy Scheme.

Thursday 25 Jul 2013

Asian Hotel Investment Doubled 1H 2013

According to the latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle hotel transactions almost doubled in Asia during the first half of this year to reach USD 1.3 billion. That is not only an 85 percent increase...

Thursday 25 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

Costs Rising in Student Accommodation Market

Costs are rising in the student accommodation property investment market, thanks to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Developers are now faced with additional costs, according to the CBRE, as public contribution requirements have been made higher.

Wednesday 24 Jul 2013

Revenue Management Brings Stability to London Hotels

The London hotel market enjoyed stability in June, thanks to successful revenue management. Preliminary figures from business advisory and accountancy firm BDO LLP showed the capital's hotels outperformed...

Tuesday 23 Jul 2013

House Prices Rising But Market Wont Overheat

UK house prices are on the rise, with activity picking up significantly over the year. However, as values increase and lending becomes incentivised, there is a fear that the market will overheat.

Monday 22 Jul 2013

UK Shopping Centre Investment Grows Strongly

According to the latest data from Savills, investors put GBP 2.16 billion into UK shopping centres in the first half of this year, a 35 percent increase on last year according to the firm.

Monday 22 Jul 2013

London Walkie Talkie over Half Leased Says Developer

London's new Walkie Talkie is over half-leased according to its developer Land Securities. The firm said that 52 percent of floorspace is leased in the 37 storey tower, which is among the most distinctive of the new towers becoming part of the London skyline.

Friday 19 Jul 2013

Rental Activity is Abuzz in UK

The UK is becoming a hive for rental activity if new figures from one industry expert are to be believed. Data from Sequence, which owns letting brands like Barnard Marcus and William H Brown, has shown activity rising annually by 22 per cent, Property Wire reported.

Friday 19 Jul 2013

Student Homes - Decide Investment on City by City Basis

When it comes to investing in student accommodation, people are being reminded to decide on a city by city basis. While it can be tempting to get swept up in the hype of the student market...

Thursday 18 Jul 2013

Neon Light Says Buy on European Student Housing Investments

According to a new Savills report into European student accommodation the sector is ripe for investment. The report, entitled Spotlight on European Student Housing 2013, analyses the investment risk of 119 cities...

Wednesday 17 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

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

Garden is Top Draw for London Buyers

It seems property investment opportunities don't come any greater in the London market than a house with a garden. Research from Marsh and Parsons showed buyers will pay at least a 20 per cent premium...

Friday 12 Jul 2013

Housing Market Recovery Continues, Activity Still Suppressed

All signs point to a recovery for the UK housing market, but activity remains suppressed. Peter Bolton King, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) global residential director, explained that by historic standards, activity is still low.

Thursday 11 Jul 2013

Building Upswing Good New for Housing Supply

An upswing in builder workloads is good news for the housing market, which has been plagued by a lack of supply over recent years. Research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) showed workloads in the construction industry have increased for the first time since the economic downturn began.

Wednesday 10 Jul 2013

Middle Eastern Capital Fuels Growth in EMEA Hotel Sector

A surge in Middle Eastern capital has fuelled a strong 38 percent year over year growth in hotel investment in the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region during the first half of this year according to the latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle.

Tuesday 09 Jul 2013

Landlords Renting to Immigrants Come Under Spotlight

With the launch of two consultations on reforms to immigration legislation, landlords have found themselves coming under the spotlight. Under the proposals it will become harder for illegal migrants to live in the UK unlawfully...

Tuesday 09 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

NLA Responds to Proposed Immigration Bill Consultation

The Home Office has issued a press release outlining a consultation on next-step proposals on its Immigration Bill. Included in the proposed bill is a requirement for landlords to check the immigration status of tenants. The Government is proposing...

Friday 05 Jul 2013

US Property Prices Reach 7 Year High

Property prices are on the up in the US, reaching a seven year high in May. The latest CoreLogic report showed prices increased by 2.6 per cent during the penultimate month of Q2 - an 11.6 per cent rise year-on-year.

Friday 05 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

Can the UK Keep Up with Student Housing Market?

Student housing is the hot new asset for those considering property investment, thanks to the shortage of stock in the UK and high demand. However, one expert has questioned whether Britain can actually keep up with accommodation trends and student demands.

Thursday 04 Jul 2013