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Pressure Mounts for Strict Regulation of Short-Term Accommodation

In reaction to the rising numbers of property investors buying up several apartments for short-term rental, the hotel sector is putting pressure on governments.....

Friday 24 Jul 2015

Can Anything Stop the Dollar's Stellar Rally?

The dollar has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the middle of 2014, reaching highs against major currencies not seen since before the global downturn....

Tuesday 02 Jun 2015

Investment Artificially Inflating London’s Property Market

Price growth is continuing at a steady pace throughout the UK's property markets despite weakening wage growth.....

Monday 25 May 2015

£100m Prime London Property Sold Day after Tory Victory

As it emerged the Tories had won a majority government at last week’s general election and mansion tax fears subsided....

Tuesday 19 May 2015

UK Elections 2015: Is London's Property Bubble about to Burst?

As it draws closer to the UK's elections, foreign exchange markets have displayed more volatility than seen since the US had its 'fiscal cliff' moment.....

Wednesday 06 May 2015

Trying to Follow London's Corrupt Money Trail

Even before London’s property boom the city as well as other areas of Britain have been considered safe investments for overseas buyers and developers.....

Monday 27 Apr 2015

Starting Pistol Fired for New UK Pension Freedoms

Standard Life reported an "unprecedented level of customer contact" in the days following 6th April when new pension freedoms came into effect in Britain....

Monday 13 Apr 2015

Revealed: Investment Trends in Real Estate Markets 2015

2014 was an exciting year for international property investors and we’ve seen the market open wider than ever before as we get closer to.....

Friday 20 Feb 2015

London: A Casino in the Neighbourhood?

Would you like to have a Vegas-style gambling casino in your neighbourhood or for that matter on your street? This is the issue is being presented to the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.....

Tuesday 17 Feb 2015

International Hotel Sector to Boom in 2015

The international hotel sector is set for exponential growth in 2015 as Chinese insurers continue their foray into prime property markets.....

Wednesday 11 Feb 2015

Distressed Assets

The following is a summary of the distressed properties market relating to the US only. Whilst IPIN's expertise extends to distressed assets internationally.....

Wednesday 28 Jan 2015

Parliament’s Plan to Control Housing Benefit Fraud

Whilst topics regarding the NHS, taxation and immigration are the most notable leading up to the British 2015 election, one issue that certainly gets its share of media attention.....

Friday 23 Jan 2015

London: The Future of Getting Around

In May 2014 Britain's Planning Resource organisation reported that according to Office for National Statistics (ONS).....

Monday 19 Jan 2015

Property Investment to be Boosted by UK Pensioners in 2015

April 2015 will see changes to pension legislation come into effect allowing lump sums to be transferred into bank accounts for any purpose.....

Friday 09 Jan 2015

Bridging the Gap - Successful Business done in Singapore

A six-week business trip to Singapore. Sounds fantastic right? That's certainly what Michelle Daly thought when she was asked to accompany the Group Sales Director!

Friday 19 Dec 2014

More Brits Looking Overseas for Property Investment

2014 has seen a resurgence of Britons buying property overseas, seeking to capitalise on a strengthening pound in Eurozone markets, where house prices are still heavily discounted and mortgages are cheap.....

Friday 12 Dec 2014

Buy-to-Let: Residential or Student Accommodation – which do you think is the most lucrative?

What is the difference between the two types of Buy-to-Let (BTL) and which is the more profitable? Also, check out the Prime Hotspots on the interactive map...

Friday 28 Nov 2014

Galliard Homes to Build £1bn of UK Residential in Joint Venture

London's largest privately-owned residential developer, Galliard Homes recently announced a joint venture (JV) focussing on regeneration projects in the South East of England.....

Wednesday 26 Nov 2014

Is Equity Release Viable for UK Homeowners?

The British property market continues its stellar rise from strength to strength, with little or no sign of abating in the near future....

Monday 24 Nov 2014

The New Admiralty Arch

So, does London really need another expensive hotel to accommodate business and holiday visitors? Obviously the local hotel industry thinks so with the new Conrad Hotel.....

Thursday 06 Nov 2014

Foreign Investment: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Recent reports suggest that overseas investors now own almost 25% of all UK commercial property, most of it in London.....

Wednesday 05 Nov 2014

Chinese Investors Seek Safe-Haven of British Infrastructure

China is seeking financial sanctuary in Britain's energy, property and transport infrastructure....

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014

UK Sees First-Time Buyer Revival

Despite gloomy reports on the lack of affordability for many British buyers trying to get on the property ladder, September saw a healthy 11% increase....

Friday 24 Oct 2014

Buy-to-Let: The Only Way is Up North

Media reports showing a booming demand for rental properties in the UK have been on the increase in 2014, with demand significantly outstripping supply.....

Friday 10 Oct 2014

Middle East Investors to Spend €115bn on European Property

New data shows that the richest investors from the Middle East are set to pour billions into European property......

Thursday 09 Oct 2014

Wealth in Europe at Record High

Swiss bankers have released data showing that wealth in Europe rose 1.7% in 2013, exceeding the peak recorded prior to the 2007-2009.....

Monday 06 Oct 2014

UK Property Boosted by Help-to-Buy Say Government

The last week has seen a number of positive highlights for the UK property market. For example, the latest Help-to-Buy figures reveal that nearly 53,000....

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014

UAE Hoteliers Eye-Up Manchester Investment Market

Dubai's luxury hotel developers Jumeirah Group have highlighted Manchester as a potential expansion location which could transform the skyline and the....

Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Spain Hosts 45.4 Million Visitors - Sets New Record

For the first time since records have been kept, Spain was visited by 9,070,024 tourists in the month of August alone, bringing the annual total......

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

Why Chinese Investors are Buying Overseas

Over the past few years there has been an increasing amount of Chinese money pouring into overseas real estate markets. With more than 40,000 new millionaires created.....

Thursday 18 Sep 2014

UK Attracts Record Foreign Direct Investment in 2014

The UK has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, creating the highest number of new jobs....

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014

Hassle-Free Property Investments Top of UK Asset Class

It's well recorded that London's prime property markets have experienced extreme inflation due to heightened interest from some of the world's richest investors....

Monday 08 Sep 2014

British Expat Investment in Affordable UK Homes up 60%

According to a new report, the UK has seen a huge increase in overseas investors seeking and purchasing properties under £70,000....

Monday 01 Sep 2014

60% Increase in British Property Millionaires in One Year

UK Property website Zoopla has published a study today which reveals that the number of homeowners who can refer to themselves as property millionaires....

Friday 29 Aug 2014

Real Estate Still UK's Largest Investment Asset Class

As a result of budgetary changes in March 2014, more pensioners are investing in residential property as part of their pension pot....

Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

UK Construction: Strongest Growth for 11 Years

According to data from Markit, the UK's construction sector recorded a rating of 62.4 on the purchasing managers' index (PMI). Any figure above 50 indicates growth...

Thursday 14 Aug 2014

NAEA First-Time Buyer Data at Odds with Industry Reports

The National Association of Estate Agent’s (NAEA) claimed that just 3% of buyers in June were first-time buyers under the age of 30...

Friday 25 Jul 2014

The Ups and Downs of the Chelsea Barracks Development

Across the Thames in the shadows of the controversial Battersea Power Station and its resurrection is another development that has also had its share...

Friday 25 Jul 2014

UK:165,000 Affordable Homes to be Built by 2018

The British government have announced a new affordable homes programme that is set to change the way properties are built in the country with many being largely constructed off-site....

Thursday 24 Jul 2014

UK Buy-to-Let Market on Very Shaky Ground

There is no doubt that the increases in UK property prices have been largely driven by the huge rise in private landlords coming to the market....

Monday 21 Jul 2014

Pensioners Financially Better Off Than UK Workers

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published today has revealed that only those over the age of 60 have not experienced any drop....

Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

Bridging the Wealth Gap Columbian Style

The British press has recently been full of reports concerning the increasing gap between rich and poor created by the economic downturn in the UK...

Friday 11 Jul 2014

Investment from Middle East in European Assets Surges in 2014

World leading property consulting and research firm CBRE have revealed that investors from the Middle East are expected to spend €135bn in overseas...

Friday 04 Jul 2014

Stratford - London’s Latest Prime Market

When London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, the fortunes of Stratford, a somewhat deprived area with many brownfield sites, improved beyond expectation.....

Thursday 03 Jul 2014

Could the Recyclable Home Solve the UK Housing Crisis?

The housing crisis in the UK is one of the biggest social and economic challenges facing the country. According to government figures 122,950 new homes...

Tuesday 01 Jul 2014

Top 5 Hotspots for UK Student Property Investment

A report published recently by investment specialists Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investment and some other...

Wednesday 25 Jun 2014

Real Estate Assets vs Passion Investments

Savills have recently compiled a quirky report which compares the performance of traditional property assets with non-property assets...

Monday 23 Jun 2014

75% More Londoners Leave Capital in Search of Affordability

According to Hamptons International so far in 2014, there has been a surge in the number of Londoners buying homes outside the capital....

Wednesday 04 Jun 2014

Is 'Build-to-Rent' Top of the Asset Class?

There's been a coup in the UK Buy to Let market recently with big institutional investors ploughing money into the private rented sector...

Monday 02 Jun 2014

HSBC: Southampton Tops List for Highest Rental Yields

Research undertaken by HSBC shows that rental yields in the coastal city of Southampton increased from 7.82% in 2013 to 8.73% this year and now offers the best returns to landlords in the country....

Wednesday 28 May 2014

183% Increase in Spanish Property Sales Q1 2014

Spain has made it back onto the list of Europe's "Top Five" investment destinations for the first time since 2010....

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Pressure Mounts to Release Green Belt for New Homes

Sam Bowman, research director at the Adam Smith Institute recently stated that, "by rolling back the green belt by just one mile around London, we would have space for one million new homes"....

Wednesday 21 May 2014

UK - Unsustainable Mortgage Debt will lead to Recession

A new consumer credit report published by independent research company Verum Financial Research says that UK houses are currently overpriced by around 28%....

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Increasing Numbers of Mortgage Borrowers Face Lifetime of Debt

According to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), 20% of the 148,000 borrowers who took out a new mortgage in the first quarter of 2014 stretched out the mortgage term over 30 years....

Monday 19 May 2014

Bank of England Deadline for Decision on Housing Boom

Having seamlessly absolved themselves from responsibility, the government continue to ignore the lack of housing supply that is currently fuelling property prices, instead placing the onus for cooling the market firmly on Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England....

Friday 16 May 2014

Housing Charity Shelter Predicts Average House Prices of £900k by 2034

Although the government and the Bank of England seem to be taking a very laid-back attitude towards the UK's housing shortage, calls for action have become desperate pleas as experts predict the worst case scenario.....

Thursday 15 May 2014

Carney's Risky Football Analogy and the Housing Hot Potato

The Pound nosedived this morning in reaction to the Bank of England's Inflation Report delivered by Canadian Mark Carney, the bank's chief...

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Housing Affordability - To Dream the Impossible Dream

It would be a complete joke if it only delivered a humourous punchline rather than an almost literal kick in the guts but the only people laughing in the aftermath of the measures introduced by the UK Mortgage Market Review are those with sufficient funds not to require a mortgage...

Friday 09 May 2014

Help to Buy - Will Osborne Listen to the 3 Wise Men or Continue to Fudge the Issue?

Former Chancellors Norman Lamont, Alistair Darling and Nigel Lawson have added their significantly powerful voices to a call for Osborne to scale down Help to Buy...

Friday 09 May 2014

New Cold War Diverts Cash to UK Property Market

In response to targeted sanctions against Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians, $51 billion has been siphoned out of the country in the first quarter of 2014...

Thursday 08 May 2014

UK Commercial Property - Top of the Asset Class

According to property experts Knight Frank, 2013 saw commercial property in the UK outperforming other investment types by a significant margin...

Tuesday 06 May 2014

First IPIN Global Exhibition in Singapore Hailed a Success

Singapore's leading real estate portal, Propertyguru.com organise some of the Asian property market's most important events and so we were delighted when we were invited to not only exhibit, but also host seminars at the two day UK/AUS Property Show which took place in April...

Wednesday 30 Apr 2014

UK House Prices - Through Recession and Beyond

It doesn't require rocket science to work out that house prices took a hit when the world went into recession in 2008. Six years on we have the benefit of hindsight, so what is the general consensus on how house prices will fare?

Friday 25 Apr 2014

UK Buy to Let Investors - HMRC is Watching You!

Investing in UK Buy to Let (BTL) property has long been considered an efficient vehicle to minimise taxation. However, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have recently increased scrutiny on BTL investors to ensure that tax bills are not being underpaid...

Wednesday 23 Apr 2014

Mark Carney - Housing Market Friend or Foe?

Mark Carney - credited with protecting Canada from the worst effects of the late-2000's financial crisis, his appointment at the Bank of England was a pragmatic move aimed at shielding the UK in exactly the same way...

Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Positive Outlook for UK Property Rental Market

The latest Home Let Rental Index published in March 2014 paints a very appealing picture of the UK Buy to Let (BTL) investment market with projections of significant growth in the sector in 2014.

Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

The UK Property Bubble - Myth or Reality?

There appear to be two distinct camps of opinion when it comes to whether the UK is heading towards a property bubble...

Thursday 17 Apr 2014

Property Investment: The Rising Power of the Asian Investor

Asian investors are slowly becoming one of the superpowers of the world property market. As the rest of the world suffered as a result of the financial crisis...

Wednesday 26 Mar 2014

Olympic Buildings - What's Happening to Them Now?

There is currently much talk about the Olympic legacy, as the redevelopment of the area kicks into gear post-games. While much of the space will be used to create new communities, there was always a question about what would happen to the buildings specifically built for the event...

Tuesday 25 Mar 2014

London Takes Number One Spot for Wealthy Investors

London has once again beat off competition from a number of other thriving cities around the globe to be named the number one city in the world for investment from the wealthy who have money to spend...

Wednesday 19 Mar 2014

London Mayor Appeals for Homes to be Sold to Londoners

London mayor Boris Johnson has appealed to developers to start selling homes in new buildings to those who are from the UK before selling to overseas investors...

Tuesday 18 Mar 2014

Property Planning Permission Rose by 20% in Q4 of 2013

Planning approvals for the building of new properties across England rose by as much as 20 per cent in the final quarter of last year, according to the latest report that has been released by Home Builders Federation...

Monday 17 Mar 2014

Birmingham Mirrors London as it Attracts Foreign Investors

Birmingham's commercial property sector is mirroring that seen in London over the last few years, with investors from overseas proving to be a strong factor in the resurgence of the market...

Friday 14 Mar 2014

Commercial Investors Oppose the UK Leaving the EU

The majority of people who invest in the UK's commercial property market are opposed to the nation leaving the European Union (EU), a new survey has discovered...

Thursday 13 Mar 2014

Demand in Central London Remains Strong in 2013

The levels of demand seen for properties in Central London remained strong late into last year, the latest report released by Strutt & Parker has claimed...

Wednesday 12 Mar 2014

How the Money Flows in Social Housing - USA vs UK

Whilst most people in America the United Kingdom are aware of Section 8 Housing and Section 106 respectively, many are not fully informed on how these programs work. Documentary maker Kevin Murphy elaborates...

Wednesday 12 Mar 2014

Developers Now Welcoming Profit Improvements as Market Grows

Developers in the UK are now able to bring better profits from the land they have invested in, according to the latest report published by Barratt Developments...

Tuesday 11 Mar 2014

Price Increases Slow in London as Regions Continue to Play Catch Up

Price increases seen in London in February were lower than in regional areas of the country, the latest released report from Knight Frank has shown...

Monday 10 Mar 2014

Planning Permission For New Homes In England Rises 20%

Planning permission for new homes in England saw a rise of 19 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the previous three months, the latest report from the Home Builders Federation reveals...

Friday 07 Mar 2014

Edinburgh Hotels Perform Well on Back of Events

It is estimated that the Six Nations Rugby Championship period will see some £30 million injected into the Edinburgh economy within the space of just over a month...

Thursday 06 Mar 2014

Commercial Property REITs: The Future in Investment

Commercial property REITs in the UK are set to become more popular and prevalent in the UK looking forward, as the promised returns offer much more of a steady income...

Wednesday 05 Mar 2014

Stratford TIQ: Investment in the Future

The International Quarter (TIQ) in Stratford, East London was the main hosting site for 2012 Olympic Games in the capital, has looked to make the most of the highlight this put on it with a chance 'to establish a new metropolitan business district for London that is thriving, sustainable, successful and inclusive'...

Tuesday 04 Mar 2014

Rental Yields Showed Strong Growth in the Last 12 Months

The level of rental yields enjoyed by landlords across the UK showed strong growth in the past year to remain at a high point that shows how much of an investment option it remains for those with money to spend in the property sector...

Friday 28 Feb 2014

Scottish Commercial Property Indicative of Regional Strength

Overall investment in the commercial property market in Scotland in 2013 has shown yet again just how much the regional areas of the UK are now performing...

Thursday 27 Feb 2014

House Building Improved by 23% in 2013

The UK housing market has been in a fantastic state of health throughout the last year when compared to the years that have preceded it. Riding a wave of low interest rates...

Wednesday 26 Feb 2014

UK Property Price Hits GBP 250,000 For First Time

The mean price of homes across the UK has now topped GBP 250,000 for the first time in history, according to the latest official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

Monday 24 Feb 2014

UK Homes Selling at Fastest Post-Recession Pace

The amount of time that UK homes spend on the market is at its lowest since the financial downturn, new data released has shown, as the supply and demand imbalance continues to push competition between buyers across the country...

Friday 21 Feb 2014

London Property Providing "Ripple Effect" for the UK

The UK's property market is now being boosted by the positivity that has been seen in London in recent years, which could be good news for investors who are looking for new areas to buy in...

Thursday 20 Feb 2014

More UK Properties Now Selling Above Asking Prices

Good news for investors around the UK - property is now selling at or above asking prices in greater proportions than at any time in recent years, with demand and the continued low supply...

Wednesday 19 Feb 2014

Newcastle City Centre Underlines Health in Regional Office Market

Time and again over the past few months, it has been reported that the commercial property market in regions away from London is getting stronger. This has now been underlined by a new report from Knight Frank, which has shown recovery in the office rental sector in Newcastle...

Tuesday 18 Feb 2014

Regional Office Investment Hits Six-Year High

The level of investment in UK office spaces outside of London has hit a six-year high, according to the latest figures released by Knight Frank, which show there has been a real sentiment for purchase outside the capital...

Monday 17 Feb 2014

Scottish Commercial Property Deals Up 81% in 2013

London has long been the best place for investing in commercial property, particularly since the financial crisis hit the UK and sent valuations in regional areas of the UK tumbling. However, as the economy continues to recover...

Friday 14 Feb 2014

Professional Tenants Pushing Up Prime Central London Rents

It's a well-known fact that the improving economy and the subsequent rising business sentiment has pushed the price of commercial property in London much higher over the last year - rents for offices, for example, are expected to hit all-time highs by 2018...

Thursday 13 Feb 2014

Market Conditions Push UK to the Top for Commercial Investment

The market conditions that were inherent throughout the UK and the rest of the continent meant that the country enjoyed a strong year in terms of commercial property investment...

Wednesday 12 Feb 2014

Commercial Property Investment at Six-Year High

Levels of investment in the commercial property sector are now at their highest recorded since 2007, according to the latest report compiled by DTZ...

Tuesday 11 Feb 2014

Optimism Continues as the Order of the Day in UK Buy To Let

The levels of optimism seen in the UK buy-to-let sector in recent times is set to continue into 2014, according to recent reports. It said that demand is now so high that as many as four in ten landlords across the nation are looking to increase what they charge their tenants in the coming year...

Monday 10 Feb 2014

"Pent-up Demand" to Push UK Property Forward in 2014

A degree of easing in the risk averse attitude of UK property investors could see prices in the market rising even faster than has previously been predicted, according to the latest forecast...

Thursday 06 Feb 2014

Improvements Widespread in 2013 for English Property

The improvements in the property market in England were widespread throughout the whole of 2013, according to new reports released by the Land Registry...

Wednesday 05 Feb 2014

London Rental Prices are Double the UK Average

The price of renting properties in London is now more than double the average for the rest of the UK, the latest published figures from Gumtree have shown...

Tuesday 04 Feb 2014

Buyer Sentiment Set to Remain Strong in 2014

The positive sentiment among buyers in the UK property market is set to remain in place this year, according to one firm, but for completely different reasons than those experienced last year...

Monday 03 Feb 2014

£2.3m Paid to IPIN Global Brick Lane Investors

IPIN Global is proud to announce yet another successfully executed Secure Exit Strategy application in London. All IPIN Members that were invested into the Brick Lane project have now been exited within the contract terms yielding a 16% (annualised) return after only 1 year...

Friday 31 Jan 2014

UK Homeowners Experiencing More Confidence in 2014

UK homeowners and investors looking to sell on their properties are feeling more confident that they will see the price they can bring in rising this year...

Thursday 30 Jan 2014

London Prices to Slow: Investors Can Grab Chances to Buy

There can be absolutely no doubt that the London property market is one of the shining lights of the UK economy, and offers some of the best opportunities for investment seen anywhere in the world thanks to strong demand...

Wednesday 29 Jan 2014

Property Prices in Europe Show UK is the Place to Invest

For years, British investors in property have been among the most likely to be putting their money into foreign markets, where holiday homes and rental accommodation could promise them an income as well as the future capital gains...

Wednesday 29 Jan 2014

Landlords Becoming Helpful to Tenants in Competitive Market

Landlords across the nation are increasingly going the extra mile to help out their tenants as a way to make sure they are happy at a time when the rented sector remains particularly competitive for buy-to-let owners...

Tuesday 28 Jan 2014

Rental Prices Stabilise to Prove Maturity in the Market

Landlords across the UK witnessed impressive increases in what they were able to bring in through rental income throughout 2013, but growth levels were far slower than they were a year before...

Tuesday 28 Jan 2014

Investment Competition Heats Up: Buyers Purchase On Single Visit

The demand for property to invest in in the UK has been no secret in the last few months and according to new reports, this is leading to a trend for quicker decisions and more purchases being made on a whim...

Monday 27 Jan 2014

Landlords Must Keep Track as Rental Arrears Start to Build

Landlords in the UK are increasingly having to make sure they keep track of the financial state of their tenants, as the number of people who are falling into severe arrears with their rental payments rose...

Monday 27 Jan 2014

London Named As Best City For Foreign Investment

London has been named as the best city in the world for foreign investment in the same week it was announced that foreign buy-to-let ownership in the UK is increasing quickly...

Friday 24 Jan 2014

MMR Set To Change The Mortgage Market In 2014

The implementation of the new Mortgage Market Review (MMR) regulations from April this year will change the market, subduing any great growth in the mortgage and lending sector...

Friday 24 Jan 2014

Change of Attitude Means More Foreign Investment in UK Buy-To-Let

A change in the attitude of foreign investors in the UK property market has meant that there are now far more overseas landlords than ever before, according to a new report published by UHY Hacker Young...

Thursday 23 Jan 2014

Nationwide: Property Prices Rise 8.4% In 2013

Property prices across the UK rose by 1.4 per cent through December to mark a strong end to the year and leave the property market having grown repeatedly throughout 2013...

Monday 13 Jan 2014

Property Prices To See Strongest Growth In South-East

Property prices are set to grow by up to eight per cent in the UK in 2014 according to numerous commentators, but it will be the south-east of England where the best increases will be seen...

Friday 10 Jan 2014

Renters Make New Years Resolution to Buy

As the clock struck midnight on December 31st, many renters in the UK will have made a resolution to enter the property market this year. Indeed, in a move that could see rental prices stay flat for landlords in 2014...

Wednesday 08 Jan 2014

Net Yields of Up To 8% In Some University Cities

Because of the reputation of British educational establishments, it's no surprise that the sector is attracting international investors, including those from the US...

Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

Choice Of Mortgage Products At 5 Year High

The choice of mortgages for residential property buyers in the UK is now three times bigger than in 2009, with 12,000 products on the market. This figure marks a five-year high for the industry, according to the National Mortgage Index from Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB).

Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

Top 3 Nations Investing In The UK Property Market

The UK property market is the focus of considerable overseas investment, both residential and commercial. Indeed, it seems foreign buyers are shaping the future of Britain, especially in hubs like London...

Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

Landlords ''Must be Vigilant of Damp and Mould''

Condensation and mould in residential property is a substantial problem in Britain, especially over the winter months. This issue tends to start in kitchens and bathrooms, where moist warm air is generated, before moving to colder parts of the house.

Monday 06 Jan 2014

London Developers Pledge to Give UK Buyers Equal Deal

Developers have pledged to give UK buyers in London a fairer deal, voluntarily committing to releasing properties to the domestic market at the same time as abroad...

Monday 06 Jan 2014

Jones Lang LaSalle: CGT Changes Will Impact Development

Imposing Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on overseas buyers of UK residential property is unlikely to have a long-term impact on foreign investment but will hinder development, according to Jones Lang LaSalle...

Friday 03 Jan 2014

Scottish Property Prices Predicted to Rise 7% in 2014

House prices in Scotland are set to rise seven per cent next year, a new report suggests. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the average cost of a home will increase...

Friday 03 Jan 2014

Corporate Sector Keeping Hotel Demand High

Hotels have long represented a significant investment opportunity and the asset class is strengthening further as demand rises. New figures from BDO suggest the corporate sector is behind this improved outlook...

Tuesday 31 Dec 2013

Interest Rates Threatening UK Property Market, BSA Claims

The UK housing market currently looks ripe with property investment opportunities, but buyers should beware that it could come under threat from rising interest rates...

Thursday 19 Dec 2013

2013 - A Year in Property News

This has been a banner year for the UK property market and after a period of repressed values and low demand, it has come as a breath of fresh air to potential buyers and those considering property investment...

Thursday 19 Dec 2013

Bridging Loans Increasing Among Buy To Let Landlords

Buy to let property investors are increasingly opting for bridging loans, it has been revealed, driving up demand for this type of lending in the UK. There was a substantial 25 per cent increase in loans...

Wednesday 18 Dec 2013

Top Christmas Crackers from the Autumn Statement

Christmas might still be over a week away but the property world is feeling a little bit like it received some presents early in this year's Autumn Statement. And like with all good gifts, some reflection is due after the initial excitement...

Wednesday 18 Dec 2013

Brighter Future Ahead for Prime Central London Rents

The future is looking brighter for landlords of property in prime central London, according to Knight Frank. In the latest Prime Central London Rental Index...

Tuesday 17 Dec 2013

Rental Numbers to Grow by Over a Million

The number of people renting in the UK will grow by over a million in the next five years, according to a new report. A study conducted by YouGov on behalf of Savills...

Tuesday 10 Dec 2013

OBR: House Prices to Grow 24% by 2018

Now is certainly the time for residential property investment in the UK, with house prices expected to grow by a staggering 24 per cent between 2013 and 2018...

Monday 09 Dec 2013

House Price Expectations Waning Slightly

Confidence in the property investment market is improving, as demand rises and lending increases. However, when it comes to house prices, expectations are waning slightly...

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

UK Rents are Historically Stable

Rents in the UK may have fallen in October, but historically they are stable, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. Last month the average sum paid by tenants stood at GBP 815, down 4.6 per cent from September...

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Demand for Property at 11-Year High

Demand for property in the UK is now at an 11-year high, meaning those considering real estate investment will need to come to the table with adequate financial backing...

Monday 18 Nov 2013

Is it Getting Harder to Find a Property Bargain?

Real estate investment opportunities are often characterised by their low price and potential to generate value and returns. However, getting a bargain in Britain's property market is certainly getting harder...

Friday 15 Nov 2013

More Brits Now Taking a Lodger

The rental market is getting more and more crowded for those considering property investment, with around 1.7 million Britons now taking a lodger...

Thursday 14 Nov 2013

Policy Exchange: Uk Needs More Homes not Taxes

Research from the Policy Exchange claims it is urgent that policymakers prioritise increasing housing stock, creating 1.5 million new homes by 2020, including the formation of at least one new garden city. Doing so will ease some of the barriers to home ownership...

Wednesday 13 Nov 2013

House Prices to Increase 25% by 2018?

Mainstream house prices will increase by an average of 25 per cent over the next five years, according to a new report. Savills' five-year forecast showed there is much confidence in the market, which will drive 17 per cent growth in the next three years alone...

Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

Does the UK Tax System Need Overhauling?

The UK tax system has long come under fire by home buyers and property investors alike. Now Berkely Group has joined those claiming it needs an overhaul...

Thursday 07 Nov 2013

Singaporean Investors Shape the Future of London

The future of London appears to lie in Singapore, if recent dealings in the investment sector are anything to go by. Indeed, it seems the UK's capital is a prime stomping ground for overseas buyers and Singapore is leading the pack both in the private and institutional sector...

Thursday 07 Nov 2013

New Homes Bonus Scheme Failing to Encourage Building

The government's New Homes Bonus scheme to encourage the construction of properties in the UK where supply is weakest is failing to live up to its mandate...

Wednesday 06 Nov 2013

BPF: Taxes for Foreign Investors will Harm Market

The British Property Federation (BPF) is warning that new taxes on foreign investors will only serve to damage the country's reputation as 'open for business', opposed to keeping a cap on prices...

Tuesday 05 Nov 2013

Prices to Rise by 17% in Next Five Years

House prices are likely to rise by 17 per cent over the next five years, according to research from CBRE. Pent up housing demand in core markets, combined with the UK's economic recovery, improved lending conditions and a shortage of supply will send values upwards...

Tuesday 05 Nov 2013

Investors Should Stick Near State Schools

Investors in the residential property market should explore areas around the top state schools, if new research is anything to go by. According to Lloyds Bank, people will in fact pay a premium of GBP 31,500 to live close to a good educational institution...

Thursday 31 Oct 2013

London ''Expanding into Bubble Territory''

The London property market is expanding at an alarming rate and could be entering 'bubble territory' according to a new report. Home.co.uk explained the average price of a home in the capital is GBP 400,096 - a number that is set to rise even further...

Wednesday 30 Oct 2013

What Does the Future Hold for the London Rental Market?

With the majority of new buyers continuing to struggle with house prices, the rental market in London and the south-east should remain strong in the future, with house prices in the capital and surrounding area rising more quickly than inflation...

Tuesday 29 Oct 2013

UK House Building Picks Up in Q3

Home building in the UK is certainly rebounding from the financial crisis, with more chartered surveyors noting growth in Q3. According to the latest construction market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Monday 28 Oct 2013

UK Average Residential Rents Continue Ascent

Property investment opportunities for landlords in the UK remain plentiful and as average rents continue their upwards path, the sector will only become more attractive...

Friday 25 Oct 2013

Perceptions of Growth at Record High

Perceptions of house price growth are now at their highest level on record, according to Knight Frank. Households in every region now expect the price of their property to rise over the next 12 months...

Thursday 24 Oct 2013

A Dozen Buyers for Each New London Property

There are now nearly a dozen buyers for each new property that comes onto the London real estate market, showing more and more people are eager to get onto the housing ladder...

Wednesday 23 Oct 2013

IPIN Global Black Lion House SES Redevelopment Project in the News

The latest Secure Exit Strategy project from IPIN Global is attracting attention of the industry press with Bighospitality.co.uk reporting on the initial developments and announcements behind Black Lion House in Whitechapel, London...

Tuesday 22 Oct 2013

Rising Prices Driving Buyers Out of South-East

Rising property prices in the south-east are likely to drive first-time buyers out of the area, according to research from Cluttons. Over the next five years it is expected people will look elsewhere for cheap property, giving regional markets a boost.

Monday 21 Oct 2013

Is the Recovery Still Locked in London?

The UK property market is undoubtedly in a state of recovery but average growth statistics can often mask troubling regional disparities. Indeed, for several months price rises and increases in activity have been largely centred around London, with the rest of country often posting losses.

Monday 21 Oct 2013

Record High for UK House Prices

House prices in the UK have now hit a record high, according to figures from the Office for National statistics. In August, the House Price Index surpassed its previous January 2008 peak by 0.3 per cent...

Friday 18 Oct 2013

UK Student Accommodation Attracting US Investors

The UK student accommodation market is proving to be one of the most stable and lucrative in the world, filled with sound property investment opportunities and high demand...

Thursday 17 Oct 2013

Tenant Charter Could be "Counterproductive"

The tenants charter proposed by the government to improve the rental market could be counterproductive, according to one industry expert. Landlord Assist explained to Property Wire that the reforms could cause the market to destabilise by working against landlords and forcing rents upwards...

Wednesday 16 Oct 2013

First Phase of Help to Buy has ''Kick started'' the Market

The second phase of the government's Help to Buy scheme has now been rolled out, but it may be the first part of the initiative that becomes known as the runaway success...

Wednesday 16 Oct 2013

RICS: Near Four-Year High for House Sales

House sales in the UK were at a near four-year high in the three months to September, according to the latest Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)...

Monday 14 Oct 2013

Is UK House Price Growth Slowing?

UK house prices have found themselves on an upwards trajectory over recent months but growth could be slowing. The Halifax House Price Index for the three months to September showed that throughout the quarter values rose by two per cent - below the increases noted in June, July and August, albeit slightly.

Monday 14 Oct 2013

The Devil is in Decorating Detail For Landlords

Landlords are generally well-versed in the ins and outs of property investment, so you'd expect them to know the importance of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts. However, it seems that when it comes to decorating, those in the private rented sector...

Friday 04 Oct 2013

Lending Improving But Still Below Average

Mortgage lending in the UK is increasing but it is still falling below the historic average. According to the Building Societies Association (BSA), there are sustained signs of recovery within the market...

Thursday 03 Oct 2013

Over-50s using property to fund retirement

Over-50s are increasingly planning on using their property to fund their pension, new research has revealed. Many plan on using equity release, while others will downsize or turn to renting in a bid to boost their retirement income - creating new opportunities for landlords...

Wednesday 02 Oct 2013

Aberdeen Hotel Sector Strong and Ripe for Investment

The Scottish hotel sector is the fastest growing in the UK, as recent data released by accountants BDO indicates year...

Friday 09 Aug 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 Home.co.uk. Average asking prices now stand four per cent greater than this time in 2012...

Wednesday 17 Jul 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

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

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

Strong Premiums for South-West Waterfront Properties

Waterfront properties in the south-west are commanding strong premiums, according to the latest research. Knight Frank's annual Prime Waterfront Index revealed that a waterfront setting in the south-west can create an uplift of as much as 66 per cent...

Friday 31 May 2013

House Prices Rise In Jersey

House prices in Jersey rose by three per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures. The latest Jersey House Price Index revealed the increase in the sale price of mix-adjusted property prices...

Monday 27 May 2013

IPIN Global at the Property Investor Show - April 2013

April was a busy month for the staff at IPIN Global and BridgePoint Ventures with the launch of our third brand new Secure Exit Strategy product this year for IPIN Members and exhibiting as part of the spring 2013 Property Investor Show at Excel in London...

Friday 24 May 2013

UK Housing More Affordable For Key Workers

More areas across the UK have become more affordable for property investment in the past 12 months, according to new research. Figures from the Halifax found that almost two-fifths of towns in the UK are now affordable for home purchase, compared to just four per cent in 2008.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Is the Help to Buy Scheme Really What it Seems?

While the government was praised for its introduction of the Help to Buy scheme, a report has suggested that it may not be what it seems. Former economists at the Bank of England claim it could end up raising the cost of the average home to GBP 300,000 because of the price of inflation.

Friday 10 May 2013

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours, Survey Reveals

Property investment often boils down to location, but a new survey has revealed buyers should be looking out for more than just good local schools and facilities when hunting for real estate...

Thursday 09 May 2013

Is a Bungalow the Best Bet for Property Investment?

If you have your eye on residential property investment, chances are you won't feel particularly enamored towards bungalows, but according to a new report, this could be a big mistake...

Tuesday 07 May 2013

UK Dominant in Growing European Retail Investment

Retail real estate investment in Europe jumped 60 percent in Q1 compared to last year, with investors pouring 5.1 billion Euros into the real estate during the quarter, 40% of which was in the UK...

Tuesday 07 May 2013

Monthly Rents Are Higher in 2013

The country's landlords are continuing to benefit from increasing rental yields, with prices in 2013 consistently higher than the average rents received in 2012. According to the latest HomeLet Rental Index...

Friday 26 Apr 2013

Positivity Abounds in Student Accommodation Sector

The student accommodation sector is filled with positivity at the moment, creating an attractive environment for property investment. Knight Frank forecasts an average blended UK return of 9.2 per cent over the next 12 months...

Thursday 25 Apr 2013

Prime Ministers and their Properties: 5 of the Best

If the expenses scandal taught us anything, it's that politicians like their property and it seems the relationship between public servants and real estate is an historical one. You need only look at some of Britain's most famous prime ministers to see that the premiers like a home to impress...

Wednesday 24 Apr 2013

Is the UK No Longer a Nation of Homeowners?

It seems the UK is no longer a nation of homeowners, with new figures showing more and more people are being forced to rent. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) noted a slump in homeownership for the first time since 1918...

Wednesday 24 Apr 2013

Government to Consult on SIPPs and SSASs Residential Property Inclusion

In an unexpected announcement, the Government has decided to explore with interested parties whether the conversion of unused space in commercial properties in high streets and town centres to residential use could be allowed within pension schemes...

Wednesday 24 Apr 2013

UK Hotel Investment Quadruples in Q1

2013 looks set to blow the hotel sector away. According to new data from Savills investment in the sector in Q1 this year quadrupled compared to last year...

Monday 22 Apr 2013

Investor Demand Driving Farmland Prices, says Knight Frank

Farmland continues to be seen as a preferred property investment option for many buyers, according to a new report...

Friday 19 Apr 2013

Top 10 Cities for the Well-Heeled

When you've got money in your pocket the world is your oyster, but just where should you set your pin on the globe if you want to ensure you are seen in the hottest location?

Tuesday 16 Apr 2013

Are we Letting our Property Heritage Crumble Away?

Property is one of the primary tools we have at our disposal to see into the past and learn about our heritage. However, across the globe it seems we are letting this crumble away...

Friday 12 Apr 2013

Can the Name of your Street Add Value to your House?

Shakespeare asked what's in a name and according to research by Zoopla, it could be the difference of GBP 70,000. The study revealed that the first letter of your street's name can add a considerable amount of money onto your home...

Tuesday 09 Apr 2013

Peak Property Values to "Return by 2014"

If you're looking for a property investment project you may need to act fast if you want to pick up a bargain, as it seems peak prices will be making a comeback before too long...

Friday 05 Apr 2013

Big Players Enticed into the UK Buy to Let Sector

"The expanding residential rental property market, particularly in London and southern England, is gaining in appeal for institutional investors" The words of Alex Jeffrey, the chief executive of Prupim - one of the UK's biggest institutional investors Prudential insurance, via its asset management subsidiary M&G...

Friday 05 Apr 2013

Should Happiness Factor into Property Investment?

Property investment has long been thought to be a numbers game, but it may pay to put facts and figures on the backburner in favour of a happiness rating...

Thursday 04 Apr 2013

Landlords Call for Regulation of Private Rented Sector

Landlords are calling on the government to regulate the UK's private rented property sector to tackle rogue agents and promote professionalism and basic standards...

Wednesday 03 Apr 2013

European Hotel Investment: Emerging Markets vs. Traditional Favourites

Like most forms of property investment in the current climate there are 2 schools of thought on which markets you should invest in. You have those who believe that the flight to primary cities not only can't be ignored but shouldn't be strayed from, and those who continue to believe in emerging market growth potential...

Wednesday 03 Apr 2013

Top Five UK Cities for Apart-hotel Investment

As business has become more globalised, apart-hotels have emerged as one of the world's hottest property investment classes. Although the trend hasn't taken off in the UK as significantly as in the US and Asia...

Thursday 28 Mar 2013

Top-Down Recovery for UK Housing Market

It will still be a top-down recovery for the UK housing market, despite Budget 2013 containing measures that will act as a boost for the lower tiers...

Wednesday 27 Mar 2013

Nottingham Student Accommodation Sector Still Has Room for Growth

There is still room for further property investment in Nottingham's student accommodation sector, according to one expert. Matthew Robertson, associate director at the Nottingham offices of Jones Lang LaSalle...

Monday 25 Mar 2013

UK Rental Boom Down but Maybe Not Out

The UK rental market has felt a bit of a change lately. The typical seasonal slowdown running into December has continued on into this year, with February experiencing the 4th consecutive monthly decline in rents...

Monday 25 Mar 2013

Budget 2013 Delivers Sought after Housing Reform

The UK housing market received the boost it had hoped for in the 2013 Budget. George Osborne revealed that the government will be giving GBP 5.4 billion of financial support to tackle long-term problems in the sector and support those looking get on or move up the property ladder...

Friday 22 Mar 2013

The House Price Paradox Challenge – Whose Fault is it Anyway?

In this post, inspired in part by my fanatical attention to pointing out the flaws in many suggestions made by politicians, bankers and the public over the past few years. I am going to attempt to detect the root cause of the problem – and propose not one, but two possible solutions which you can all argue about...

Thursday 21 Mar 2013

Is the US Housing Market Suffering a Crisis of Confidence?

Despite property market growth, it seems the US is suffering a crisis of confidence. The March 2012 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey revealed that economists are tempering their expectations of a recovery in the near term...

Thursday 21 Mar 2013

Savills Predicts US - UK Led Surge in Global Hotel Investment

Leading real estate firm Savills is tipping the US and UK to lead an international hotel investment surge in 2013. The firm predicts a significant increase in UK hotel investment on the £1.64 billion transacted last year...

Wednesday 20 Mar 2013

Buying a Home seen as Unlikely by Renters

Social renters are the least optimistic about their chances of purchasing a home, with three million unconvinced they will ever be in a position to own property...

Wednesday 20 Mar 2013

Confidence Driving Up UK Property Prices

Confidence in the UK property market is rising and this is driving up real estate values across the country. RightMove's House Price Index revealed that the beginning of the spring market has seen the highest ever new seller asking prices...

Tuesday 19 Mar 2013

How to Sell Houses in the Internet Age

When it comes to buying and selling houses, as buyers we make full use of the internet, but as sellers most people still seem to go the way we always have, straight to a high-street agent...

Monday 18 Mar 2013

Will Budget 2013 Offer Relief to First Time Buyers?

Property investment has become a dream for many people in the UK, with a report from the House Builders Federation revealing that saving a deposit for a home will now take the average first-time buyer ten years...

Thursday 14 Mar 2013

House Sales Reach Two-and-a-Half Year High

House sales in the UK have reached a two-and-a-half year high, meaning more property investment deals could soon be in the pipeline. The latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) housing market survey revealed that despite a threat of a triple-dip recession...

Wednesday 13 Mar 2013

European Commercial Property Most Attractive in 10 Years

According to new research European commercial property prices are the most attractive for 10 years. The quarterly Fair Value Index by DTZ monitors the relative attractiveness of pricing in commercial property in European markets by giving each a score out of 100 based on its attractiveness...

Wednesday 13 Mar 2013

Employment Levels Must Continue Upwards to Sustain Housing Demand

House prices in the UK are on the rise but, in order for this run to continue, employment levels must progress in an upwards position. This is the conclusion to come out of the Halifax House Price Index...

Monday 11 Mar 2013

Five Reasons Why Now is the Time to Invest in UK Property

With economic contraction and high deposits, the UK may not look like a traditional property investment hotspot at the moment. However, buyers shouldn't be fooled by this seemingly bleak outlook...

Thursday 07 Mar 2013

No Improvement in Mortgage Lending

There has been no improvement in the number of mortgages being approved in the UK, despite the government's attempts to encourage financial institutions to increase lending. Data from the Bank of England revealed that in January, British mortgage approvals for house purchases fell...

Thursday 07 Mar 2013

Are Overseas Investors Sick of Sky-high London Property Prices?

London property has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength during the financial crisis, with real estate investment the asset of choice for overseas investors looking for a safe haven for their money...

Wednesday 06 Mar 2013

Cash Buyers Dropping Out of London Market

London has been the centre of considerable property investment of late, but there is a notable lack of cash buyers among those choosing to put their money in bricks and mortar...

Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Want More for your Money? Head up North

Those looking for their next property investment project may want to head up North if they want to get more for their money. Figures from the Land Registry have shown that the real estate chasm between the North and South of the country is widening...

Monday 04 Mar 2013

Latest Figures Show Brightening on UK Housing Horizon

The latest report into UK housing seems to be a breath of fresh air in a more-than-beleaguered market. According to the National Association of Estate Agents 314 potential buyers registered with estate agents...

Friday 01 Mar 2013

Is it Now Too Expensive to Rent in London?

London may be a safe haven for investors but for people needing to rent a property, living in the city is getting harder and harder. The average cost of renting a home in Greater London increased by 6.7 per cent over the past year...

Wednesday 27 Feb 2013

Is Seaside Property the New 'Must-Have' for Investors?

Property investment is an ever changing industry and a new hot asset may soon be grabbing the attention of prospective buyers. For budding hoteliers, beach side rentals in prime locations are proving to be extremely lucrative - even in the UK...

Tuesday 26 Feb 2013

Can Cheap Fixed Rate Mortgages have any Real Impact?

The market is currently awash with cheap fixed rate mortgages but with deposits continuing to be sky high, how much impact can they really have?...

Monday 25 Feb 2013

CML Report Shows Stability in Buy to Let Lending

Over 11 per cent of all mortgages in Britain last year went towards buy to let mortgages according to a new report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. The report shows that gross buy to let lending was £16.4 billion last year...

Monday 25 Feb 2013

Investors Enjoying Fun on the Farm

Property investors are making hay while the sun shines - often literally - in the farming sector, with new statics showing the price of rural land hit a record high in the second half of 2012...

Friday 22 Feb 2013

Student Accommodation Approved in Cambridge

The UK is continuing to increase its student accommodation stock, with a new development recently approved in Cambridge. The Liverpool property group Downing has won the planning permission for a 354 bedroom student accommodation project in the CB1 regeneration scheme in Station Road...

Friday 22 Feb 2013

IHG Announces 13 New Hotels in India

International hotel chain InterContinental is to build 13 new hotels in India. The news has come of the current UK trade mission, in which IHG's Asia chief Jan Smits joined David Cameron to boost trade ties between the UK and India...

Wednesday 20 Feb 2013

UK House Prices at Record Highs?

Yesterday the Telegraph had a headline House Prices hit 'five year high' and you think wow. However, anyone who knows the industry and reads into the report finds out it is a load of sensationalist rubbish...

Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Investing in Property is Money Saver

Property investment is now one of the main ways Britons can save money, according to research by Halifax. It has been revealed that choosing to put money in bricks and mortar could save the average renter...

Monday 18 Feb 2013

Tried and Tested Tax Alternatives to Bedroom Tax and Mansion Tax

The terms "Bedroom Tax" and "Mansion Tax" have been very popular in the UK of late – spurred on by the latest proposals to alter benefit payments depending on how efficiently occupied a recipients house is and more recently, the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband has again been proposing a "Mansion Tax"...

Friday 15 Feb 2013

Student Accommodation Continues to be Top Property Investment

Student accommodation is continuing to be one of the strongest property investment markets, with new projects given the go-ahead monthly. Sheffield is the latest city to be the target of developers...

Friday 15 Feb 2013

Crumbling Home-Ownership Continues to Boost UK Buy to Let

According to the latest figures from LSL Property Services, the proportion of households who own their home has dropped to its lowest level since 1987 at 65.3%. Unsurprisingly the firm also reports that the rental sector continues to grow from strength to strength...

Thursday 14 Feb 2013

UK Commercial Activity Up but Growth Slows [Report]

According to a new report from leading real estate consultancy Savills commercial activity in the UK rose in January for the 5th straight month. Sounds great until the next bit of the report tells you that the growth was not only slight, but was the slowest pace of growth since the current period of growth began...

Thursday 14 Feb 2013

Are Brits The Only Ones Not Investing In London Property?

London is considered an international safe haven - a place where the wealthy from across the globe can invest their money. However, it seems that Britons are the only ones not willing to flash their cash in the capital, with the super rich preferring the US...

Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

E-commerce Darkens the Future of the US Shopping Mall

Everything is bigger in America, and the so-called mega-malls are no exception. But they are an exception to the wider rule, as we have seen in previous downturns people spend more on entertainment, arguably to cheer themselves up from all the economic woes...

Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

Top 10 Home Comforts of the Rich and Famous

In the property market, size is no longer everything and it seems the wealthy are not content with getting as many acres as possible for their money. According to a recent survey, it is the all important extras that the rich and famous are now going in search of...

Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

Gap Between the Best and Rest Widening for Commercial Property

The gap between the best and the rest in the commercial property sector is widening, according to research from Legal & General. Although the industry looks set to enjoy greater returns in 2013...

Tuesday 12 Feb 2013

HS2: Commercial Blessing or Residential Headache?

The HS2 high-speed railway has been heralded as vital to improving the UK economy, better linking the North to the South and preparing the country for the future. While the development will no doubt support business by opening up new commercial markets, for residential property, the impact of HS2 may not be as favourable.

Thursday 07 Feb 2013

New Report Shines Light on Economic Performance of UK Cities

The centre for cities has just released it cities outlook 2013 report and it is a goldmine of information, most of which is very useful to investors and potential investors...

Thursday 07 Feb 2013

What Makes the Perfect Residential Property Investment?

According to a new study by Banner Homes, people actually define the perfect house as being just two miles from a supermarket, ten miles from the coast and within walking distance from the pub - meaning that if you want to have tenants clamouring for your property, you need to focus on location, location, location...

Wednesday 06 Feb 2013

The Changing Face of UK Retail

Around the world you can hear stories about hot retail investment sectors, with new malls being built and rented out by the handful in the likes of Turkey. Even in America there are still plenty of mall developments being reported. But in the UK only one new mall is to open this year...

Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

UK Suffering from Property Price Gulf

The UK is suffering from a property price gulf, with homes in London and the south worth GBP 330 billion more on average than properties in the rest of the country...

Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Eastbourne Property Offers Good Investment Opportunities

It seems as though Eastbourne is the place to be for commercial property investment, according to an expert. Mike Reid, from the chartered surveyors and estate agents Reid + Dean, believes that the outlook for the market in the Sussex town is decidedly optimistic...

Monday 04 Feb 2013

Homelet Index Shows Continued Rental Market Growth

According to the Homelet index UK rents were up 4.7% on the year in December and up 1.1% on the previous month with renters now paying an average £782 per month. However, taking Greater London out of the equation rents grew by just 1.7% during the course of the year to £654 per month...

Friday 01 Feb 2013

Top 10 Articles Read by Property Investors – January 2013

The property markets are now more diverse than ever with each sector fighting harder for news coverage and making its case for public investment. We take a look over the past month's activity on IPIN Live and what property investors were reading, and give our opinion as to why...

Friday 01 Feb 2013

Trending Property News - Week 5

This weeks property news highlights in brief: Boris Johnson gets a party invite, economists question house price stats, a journalist complains and Vanilla Ice tells us about investing in US real estate...

Thursday 31 Jan 2013

Prime Central London Property Prices Keep Rising

Prime central London property prices have been on the rise for the last four years, according to new research. In its Spring 2013 London Residential Review...

Wednesday 30 Jan 2013

Commercial Property Boost ''Through Easier Office Redevelopment''

The coalition government is looking to relax planning restrictions that govern the conversion of offices into buildings which will eventually have a residential purpose, according to Henry Lancaster, a senior investment analyst at Coutts...

Tuesday 29 Jan 2013

Foreign Office Investors Drive London Back to Pre-Crisis Levels

It is no secret that London is a bright spot in a bleak UK property market, or that the residential sector in the capital returned to pre-crisis levels long ago, but now the office sector has followed it...

Friday 25 Jan 2013

Retail Investment Strong in Europe

Property investment deals have been lively in the European retail sector, according to a new report. Jones Lang LaSalle claim that retail unit sales were strong in the final quarter 2012 across the continent...

Thursday 24 Jan 2013

Housing Vital to Northern Economic Recovery

A new report has shown how vital housing is to the North's economic recovery according to shadow housing minister Jack Dromey...

Thursday 24 Jan 2013

Eurozone Collapse: Were Predictions Misguided or Premature?

The eurozone is undoubtedly in crisis but its predicted collapse has yet to materialise. In fact, there have been small signs of recovery - a shock to those such as Nobel-Prize winner Paul Krugman who expected the implosion of the monetary union to occur before 2013...

Wednesday 23 Jan 2013

Farmland to Defy Trend for Minimal Growth

With many UK growth markets - including central London - experiencing a slowdown this year, it seems farmland is the safe bet for property investment in 2013. According to research from Savills...

Tuesday 22 Jan 2013

Down and Dirty with the Recovery: The World in 2013

It is now going on 7 years since America started to crumble, 6 years since the UK caught the disease, and between that and 5 years since most the rest of the world followed suit, and still we aren't back out the other side in any real way...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Student Property Investment Doubled in 2012 - Tripled Since 2009

According to the latest figures from CBRE some £2.7 billion was invested in student property last year, an astonishing 125% increase compared to 2011...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Well Located Configured Retail Units in Demand

Configured retail units in good locations continue to be in demand, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Despite structural changes currently taking place in the sector and a constant stream of businesses going into administration...

Monday 21 Jan 2013

Shop Chains Increase in 2012

Retail space is still an attractive asset for those considering property investment, with figures from the CBRE showing that the total number of businesses with multiple branches in Great Britain increased in 2012...

Thursday 17 Jan 2013

Parliament Debates Legal Status of Letting Agents

The legal status of lettings agents is to be debated in Parliament, after Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town put forward a motion to have letting agents classified under the law as estate agents...

Wednesday 16 Jan 2013

UK Property Market Makes Losers of Many, but Not Landlords

The UK property market is heading to hell in a rental-boom-fuelled hand-basket. But having said that, while it is in an abysmal state, it isn't much worse now than it has been since 2008...

Tuesday 15 Jan 2013

Last Quarter Surge Boosts Global Real Estate Investment Volume

Global real estate investment volumes are back on the up, with preliminary data from Jones Lang La Salle suggesting total transaction volumes for 2012 somewhere in the region of $436 billion, up from $435 billion...

Tuesday 15 Jan 2013

London Still Viewed as Safe Location for Office Investment

London is still viewed as a safe location for property investment by those looking to put their money in office units. Despite difficult economic conditions, the UK capital has proven itself resilient once again, considerably outperforming regional markets...

Thursday 10 Jan 2013

Farmland Continued to Attract Investors in Q4

Farmland continued to be an attractive real estate investment opportunity in the final quarter of last year, according to the Knight Frank Farmland Index Q4 2012 report...

Tuesday 08 Jan 2013

Speculative Office Development to Restart in Central London

Property investment in the London office market will remain an attractive prospect in 2013, with the second half of the year performing better than expected and speculative development to restart in the city centre...

Monday 07 Jan 2013

Why House Price Optimism Is the Root of All Evil

With 2013 now underway I was hoping some sense might have found its way into the UK housing market after a sustained break, or at best, there might be some delay before any nonsense crept in. Sadly it has not been the case...

Thursday 03 Jan 2013

London Enjoys Record Property Sales

London has enjoyed a record year for property sales, bucking the European trend for falling house prices and market stagnation. According to new data a surge in demand has caused real estate transactions in the capital to hit the highest level since the start of the financial crisis...

Thursday 03 Jan 2013

UK House Prices and Rent To Rise In 2013

2013 is to see house prices in the UK rise by two per cent, while the cost of renting is forecast to go up by approximately four per cent. Against a backdrop of continuing economic uncertainty...

Wednesday 02 Jan 2013

Shopping Centre Investment Market has Exceptional Q4

More and more property investment deals are being brokered in the shopping centre market, according to a recent study. Knight Frank's Shopping Centre report revealed that the final quarter of 2012 was another high performing one for the sector, following up on a healthy Q3.

Friday 21 Dec 2012

Home Ownership Continues to Fall in England and Wales

Home ownership in England and Wales is dropping drastically. This is no longer something that economists suspect, or that analysts quip about in articles about generation rent, it is a cold hard fact as shown by official UK census data.

Friday 21 Dec 2012

UK Construction Grows - Could Stave Off Recession

We could talk negative statistics on the UK economy all day... Heck we could put on some slow jazz, open a bottle of our favourite (or strongest) alcoholic spirit and really get down to the nuts and bolts of the misery if we really wanted – it is Christmas after all...

Friday 21 Dec 2012

The Humbug Report – Part II – Rest of the World 2013

The Eurozone. As predicted last year – it's still alive, it's still bogged down by indecision and the UK is still doing the hokey-cokey on the side-lines...

Wednesday 19 Dec 2012

Are South-east Asians Really Driving the London Property Market?

Over recent years, the London property market has experienced increased activity from south-east Asia. Wealthy buyers are now seeking real estate investment opportunities in the UK capital...

Monday 17 Dec 2012

Can London Residential Construction Keep Pace With Demand?

The London property market is continuing to outperform its European counterparts, with demand showing no signs of abating any time soon...

Monday 17 Dec 2012

The Housing Humbug Report – UK Property Market Predictions 2013

It's time once again for one of my Housing Humbug Reports in which I take a look at the past 12 months in the property and financial markets and see if there are any potential gems of wisdom to be found and make a few predictions on what next year might hold...

Monday 17 Dec 2012

Buyer Confidence Returning to UK Markets

The UK property market is witnessing the return of buyer confidence, according to new research. The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) housing market survey revealed that investment interest grew...

Saturday 15 Dec 2012

Scottish Rural Property Market Proving Lucrative

It seems that the Scottish countryside is the new property investment hotspot. According to Savills, the market has enjoyed competitive bidding and sales achieved over the asking price...

Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

Autumn Statement Brings Good News for Commercial Property Market

Wednesday's (December 5th) Autumn Statement brought good news for the commercial property market in the UK and there is hope that the changes will lead to further growth...

Monday 10 Dec 2012

Research: Manchester Rises as Global Investment Destination

New research from leading property company Jones Lang La Salle has found Manchester to be the 15th biggest real estate investment destination in the world relative to the size of its economy...

Monday 10 Dec 2012

Swedish Hotel Assets Gaining Popularity

According to Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotel Intelligence report for Sweden, the country's stable economy and "robust operating conditions in Stockholm" are driving investment interest, enabling the city to enjoy hotel asset yields of 5.9 per cent...

Thursday 06 Dec 2012

European CMBS Becoming a Worry

As the US Mortgage backed securities trade looks set to hit a year-to-date total of $40 billion this week according to Standard and Poors, fledgling reports of a European CMBS revival have hit the wall of cold hard reality...

Thursday 06 Dec 2012

Manchester is a Top Real Estate Investment Spot

Manchester has been ranked as one of the world's top 20 real estate investment spots by Jones Lang LaSalle. The accolade was awarded based on the relative size of the city's economy...

Monday 03 Dec 2012

UK Forestry Market Delivering "Excellent Returns"

While most people considering property investment instantly look towards bricks and mortar, it is those thinking outside the box that could actually be enjoying a greater rate of return. According to a new report launched by Savills and UPM Tilhill, the UK forestry market is proving itself to be a much coveted asset.

Friday 30 Nov 2012

Momentum Continues in Logistics and Industrial Property Sectors

The European logistics and industrial sector is proving itself to be a prime market for property investment, with the latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle revealing that assets maintained their momentum in the penultimate quarter of 2012...

Monday 26 Nov 2012

UK Commercial Property Investment: Private Sector Up, Public Sector Down

Commercial real estate investment in the UK was a mixed bag, or more like a split personality in October according to the latest research from Savills...

Monday 26 Nov 2012

Industry Big Hitters Tear Down Coalition Housing Policy

The coalition government has failed us massively; more specifically it has failed to do anything useful to combat the many problems in the country's housing situation...

Friday 23 Nov 2012

Long Term Demand Driving Serviced Apartment Sector in Aberdeen

A serviced apartment in Aberdeen is proving to be a strong property investment option for those looking to enter the hospitality sector, with demand for long-term accommodation driven by the city's business tourism...

Thursday 15 Nov 2012

Belfast and Aberdeen Hotels Performing Well

Belfast and Aberdeen are proving to be among the best areas in the UK for hotel property investment, as the rest of the country prepares for a post-summer lull...

Tuesday 13 Nov 2012

London Offers Considerable Real Estate Investment Opportunity

Real estate investment opportunities are abundant in the city of London, according to the Global Property Guide. Residential investors are well placed to capitalise on the current housing shortage...

Monday 12 Nov 2012

Student Accommodation is Now Mainstream Investment Opportunity

Student accommodation has now emerged as a mainstream global investment category, according to new research from Jones Lang LaSalle. The market now presents a significant investment opportunity for developers and private operators alike...

Friday 09 Nov 2012

UK Housing Stuck in the Doldrums for the Foreseeable Future

UK house prices won't recover all they lost until 2019 (2031 if you strip out inflation) according to a new report by global estate agency Knight Frank, which would make it the slowest recovery ever witnessed by the UK housing market...

Thursday 08 Nov 2012

Offices Present Strong Investment Opportunity for 2013

Offices are proving to be attractive property investment opportunities, after performing well throughout 2012. The UK market has experienced a strong year, with property take-up across the country remaining buoyant...

Tuesday 06 Nov 2012

Govt Urged to Encourage Property Investments Outside of London

The Government has been urged to encourage more property investments outside of London by one MP. Lord Michael Heseltine told prime minister David Cameron that his obsession with the capital must end...

Monday 05 Nov 2012

Student Housing Investment Topping Charts in US and UK

Student housing investment is now one of the top sectors across both sides of the Atlantic according to the latest data from IPD and other sources here and in the US...

Monday 05 Nov 2012

Haunted Homes in US Present Investment Opportunity

A haunted home in the US could be a good property investment project, according to one expert...

Friday 02 Nov 2012

UK Student Investment Smashes Records, Again

The cold-hard figures show that demand for student accommodation outweighs supply by around 3 to 1 depending on where you look. Indeed, because student accommodation investment has come into its own recently...

Friday 02 Nov 2012

Boris Johnson Announces Retirement Housing Fund

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the creation of a GBP 60 million fund to improve the nation's retirement property sector. Delivered in partnership with the Department of Health...

Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

Olympics Bring Much Needed Boost to London Hotel Market

We may still be in debate as to whether or not the Olympics 2012 helped the property market, but there can be no such doubt in the hotel sector according to a new report...

Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

UK Student Accommodation Market ''Attracts Record Investment''

The volume of investment in the UK's student accommodation sector has reached its highest ever level, new research from CBRE shows. According to the firm, GBP 2 billion has been ploughed into the student housing market...

Friday 26 Oct 2012

Construction Finance: How Has the Sector Changed?

The availability of all kinds of finance has been restricted since the onset of the global financial crisis, both in the UK and elsewhere around the world...

Thursday 25 Oct 2012

The Glass Half Full Real Estate Investor

Who can tell me the difference between the "glass half full investor" and the "glass half empty investor?" If you are going to say that one is a pessimist and the other an optimist then you'd be right, but at the moment...

Thursday 25 Oct 2012

''Various Reasons'' for Overseas Investors to Target UK Property

There are many reasons why buying an investment property in the UK is appealing to investors from overseas, particularly those within the eurozone...

Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

UK Rents are Growing - But Just How High?

According to LSL Property Services rents in England and Wales hit a new high of £741 in September, but according to Move With Us rents ended (September) Q3 at £970. A big difference, especially given that both measure asking rents...

Monday 22 Oct 2012

UK Real Estate Attracting Strong European Investment

The UK commercial property investment market has been attracting an increasing amount of attention from European investors...

Monday 22 Oct 2012

UK Unlisted Property Funds Bringing Continued Positive Returns

Unlisted property funds in the UK returned 0.4% in Q3, a slight increase over the previous quarter as underlying direct property values fell slower according to the AREF/IPD UK Pooled Property Fund Index...

Friday 19 Oct 2012

Will the Spanish Housing Market Recover in 2013?

The summer selling season 2012 is just about to end for Spain, and surprisingly for some it is ending on rather a high note. According to a recent report sales in August were 4% higher than July and 7% higher than the previous year...

Friday 19 Oct 2012

London Office Space Take-up Soars

London enjoyed a significant rise in the total take-up of space in its office sector during the second quarter of 2012...

Thursday 18 Oct 2012

UK Property Focus ''Concentrated on Prime Sector''

The prime market is the focus of those investing in property in Britain due to the return to recession, a new study has concluded....

Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Transparency in Global Property Markets Rises

Recovering global property markets have prompted renewed impetus to transparency improvements following a slowdown in progress during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009...

Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Global Investment Volumes Holding Firm Says JLLS

According to the latest data from Jones Lang La Salle, global investment volumes have remained robust despite registering a slight year over year decline in Q3 2012...

Tuesday 16 Oct 2012

Yorkshire Cities ''Face Battle for Property Investment''

The Yorkshire cities of Leeds and Sheffield need to work hard to ensure they do not lose their tier one status when it comes to being hubs for investment...

Tuesday 16 Oct 2012

Big Increase in European Retail Investment in Q3

According to the latest data from Jones Lang La Salle, investment in European retail real estate saw marked growth in the third quarter of the year following a weak first half...

Monday 15 Oct 2012

UK Shopping Centre Investment Picking Up

There is evidence that the shopping centre investment market in the UK is picking up. The value of transactions completed in the third quarter of this year was almost double that in the three months from April to June...

Thursday 11 Oct 2012

Eurozone Funds Suffering as Crisis Refuses to Die

Now well over 2 years into the Eurozone financial crisis and its lingering effects are continuing to depress the performance of European property funds...

Tuesday 09 Oct 2012

TMT Sector ''Will Drive London Office Market''

Take-up of office space in London by the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector is expected to grow significantly over the next three years...

Tuesday 09 Oct 2012

UK Hotel Investment Market "Resilient"

The investment market for hotels in the UK - and especially London - is holding up well. Activity in the industry so far in 2012 has been "relatively resilient"...

Monday 08 Oct 2012

Stark Regional Variations in UK Buy to Let Sector

More proof that UK rental yields are higher in the north of England than the south emerged this week when the Association of Residential Lettings Agents revealed new data. According to ARLA...

Friday 05 Oct 2012

London Property ''a Top Target for HNWI''

A growing number of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) from all over the world have London's real estate investment market in their sights...

Thursday 04 Oct 2012

UK House Prices Slide in Q3

The value of homes in the majority of the UK's regions fell in the third quarter of this year. This is according to the latest Nationwide House Price Index, which revealed prices were down by...

Wednesday 03 Oct 2012

London Council Proposals Could Further Boost Rental Market

Hammersmith and Fulham council has announced proposals to "[rip] up the social housing rulebook" in 2013, proposals which, if passed could send hundreds more people onto the already overcrowded private rental sector...

Wednesday 03 Oct 2012

Secondary Property ''Can Perform for Investors''

Investors should not shy away from the secondary real estate market in the UK, but they do need to be risk aware when they buy assets in this sector...

Tuesday 02 Oct 2012

The Changing Landscape of Real Estate Funding

The global financial crisis has had an impact on almost every walk of life and has changed the way in which businesses can source funding for their ventures and expansion...

Monday 01 Oct 2012

What to Look for in a UK Student Accommodation Investment

Ever since the crash went bang and property bubbles went pop, investors in residential property at the retail level have been looking increasingly at different, safer forms of investment than straight forward buy to let and the like...

Monday 01 Oct 2012

European Banks to Sell 20 Billion Euros of Property Loans in 2012

European banks have successfully sold off over 7.5 billion Euros worth of loans so far this year according to CBRE. The global real estate advisor has tracked 14 transactions in the region...

Friday 28 Sep 2012

Indirect UK Property Market ''Must Provide for Investors''

There is growing demand for new investment vehicles in the indirect property market in the UK. IPD has pointed out that this sector is "well suited" to the likes of retail investors and pension schemes, but...

Thursday 27 Sep 2012

Banks Shedding European Real Estate Assets

Banks in Europe have been continuing to dispose of property assets in 2012, with transactions worth a total of EUR 7.5 billion (GBP 5.9 billion) being completed so far this year...

Wednesday 26 Sep 2012

Sentiment Towards Property Values Picks Up

There has been an increase in positivity towards property values recently, according to recent findings. The Knight Frank/Markit House Price Sentiment Index revealed that the outlook for house prices has improved...

Monday 24 Sep 2012

UK Rents Hitting the High Notes Once Again

London might be seeing the biggest rental increases, but in terms of yields it is the opposite end of the country that is doing the business. In August average yields in the North West hit...

Monday 24 Sep 2012

Rural Properties Performing Better than Urban Real Estate

Rural property values have been performing well since the beginning of the financial crisis, and have fared better than their urban counterparts...

Friday 21 Sep 2012

UK Construction Climbs Unexpectedly in July

UK construction has enjoyed a surprise return to growth in July, all the more surprising because of the fact that construction contracted at the fastest rate in over 2 years in June...

Friday 21 Sep 2012

Mortgage Market ''Is Improving For Homebuyers''

Homebuyers looking to get a step on the property ladder have been encouraged by mortgage brokers who have said it is getting easier to secure home loans...

Thursday 20 Sep 2012

New Guidance on Property Sales Released by OFT

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has released new guidance on property sales in the UK. The report is aimed at helping estate agents and investors in knowing how to advise customers on buying and selling real estate...

Wednesday 19 Sep 2012

Residential Sales in Wales and England Rise in August

Residential sales in England and Wales increased in August, according to the latest LSL/Acadametrics index. Residential prices were up 2.6 per cent compared to last year...

Tuesday 18 Sep 2012

UK Commercial Rents Still Falling Says IPD

Commercial property rents in the UK have now fallen for the entire second quarter according to the latest data from IPD. The firm's latest report says commercial property rents across all sectors...

Tuesday 18 Sep 2012

UK First Time Buyers to Be Middle Aged By Time They Can Buy

UK first time buyers continue to lose confidence that they will be able to raise a deposit, with most now believing they won't be able to do so until they are at least 35...

Monday 17 Sep 2012

What has the Coalition Government Done for the Housing Market?

The first thing that the coalition did was abolish the reviled home information pack (HIP). Introduced by Labour the Home Information Pack was a good idea badly implemented...

Monday 17 Sep 2012

Investment in European Property Falls

Risk-averse investors are focusing their attention on core European property markets, with interest in secondary locations and assets declining. The ongoing eurozone crisis has resulted in many investors taking a "safety first" approach to real estate markets...

Friday 14 Sep 2012

Study Shows Economic Importance of Commercial Real Estate in Europe

According to a new report, the commercial real estate industry accounts for 2.5% of the European economy, more than the banking, telecommunications and automotive industries...

Friday 14 Sep 2012

London Residential ''Outperforming Wider Property Sector''

The London residential property market has continued to outperform not only the rest of the UK's housing sector, but also commercial real estate assets in the country...

Friday 14 Sep 2012

UK Housing Market ''Steady in August''

There was no significant drop in activity in the UK's residential property market during August, despite the Olympic Games taking centre stage...

Thursday 13 Sep 2012

UK Landlords Remain Confident in the Market

In the past six months, 44% of landlords have seen a rise in tenant demand, while just 1% have seen a decrease in demand. Investors expect this growth to continue...

Thursday 13 Sep 2012

UK Commercial Property Returns ''Broadly Flat''

The level of return generated by commercial real estate investments in the UK remained flat in August, according to the latest research...

Tuesday 11 Sep 2012

The Montague Report: Addressing Issues in the UK Housing Market

Last month, Sir Adrian Montague published his long-awaited review of the investment market in the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK. The report assessed the barriers to investment...

Monday 10 Sep 2012

Coalition Housing Plans Come Under Fire from Industry

The coalition government's latest hat-trick (as in trick pulled from hat) has come under fire barely a day after it even became an intention...

Friday 07 Sep 2012

''Opportunities Exist'' in the UK's Retail Market

Although the economic downturn has proved difficult for many retailers, the number of companies going into administration has created opportunities that stronger firms can take advantage of...

Friday 07 Sep 2012

UK Government Relaxes Planning Laws to Kick-Start Economy

The government is set to unveil its latest set of initiatives aimed at helping the country out of recession. Among the new announcements, the government hopes to relaunch its coalition with what will be a major relaxation of UK planning laws...

Thursday 06 Sep 2012

Changing the Bath Water at the Housing Ministry

As much as I have picked many a hole in Grants' bathtub-thinking approach to his plans and policies, it will be a bit of a shame to lose him from the ministry...

Thursday 06 Sep 2012

Prime London Housebuilding Levels on the Rise

The number of residential housebuilding projects planned for London continues to rise. This is according to research by EC Harris Built Asset Consultancy...

Thursday 06 Sep 2012

Commercial Real Estate Investment Falling Except Apartments Says RCA

The latest report from Real Capital Analytics has found that $157 billion was invested in global commercial real estate in the second quarter, a slight upturn on the first quarter according to the report. However...

Thursday 06 Sep 2012

Rise in Cross-Regional Real Estate Investment Activity

There has been an increase in the number of non-European buyers making an investment in the continent's property markets. According to the latest data published by CBRE...

Wednesday 05 Sep 2012

UK Housing Market Could Be Headed for Trouble

More bleak news on the UK housing markets, some of it bleak despite its positivity. Firstly, house prices have risen by more than they have for two-and-a-half-years according to Nationwide...

Wednesday 05 Sep 2012

Eurozone Crisis Weighs on Pan-European Property Funds

The performance of pan-European property funds has been negatively impacted by the ongoing eurozone crisis and particularly the performance of real estate assets in locations such as France and Germany...

Tuesday 04 Sep 2012

Commercial Development ''Will Be Constrained for 5 Years''

The most recent construction output index published by Glenigan revealed non-residential building work in the UK was down by three per cent in July, compared to the same month a year earlier...

Friday 31 Aug 2012

UK Property - Now Expensively Cheap

Recently there appears to be an increasing number of very broad statements regarding the UK housing market that when considered for more than just a fleeting moment makes me seriously wonder...

Thursday 30 Aug 2012

Outlook Positive for Prime Central London Property

The prime central London real estate market is expected to perform well over the next six months, with interest from overseas buyers helping contribute to the anticipated 3.2 per cent price growth in 2012...

Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

Homelet Rental Index Says Growth Mainly in London – LSL Disagrees

UK rents increased by 2.8% in July compared to June according to the latest index by Homelet. The average monthly rent in the UK in July was £789 per month...

Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

UK Housing Market Goes from Bad to Worse

The UK housing market is getting worse instead of better according to the latest release of the well respected Hometrack index...

Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

Investment in PRS ''Must Be Encouraged''

The government needs to encourage investment in the private rented sector (PRS) if it is to meet the housing requirements of the UK's population. This is the opinion of Sir Adrian Montague...

Tuesday 28 Aug 2012

Foreign Demand ''Supporting UK Property Investment''

Demand from overseas buyers propped up the UK's real estate investment market in July, according to a new report from Colliers International. The firm noted that, with bank lending still very tight, private equity is the most popular form of finance...

Tuesday 28 Aug 2012

Road to Recovery: Comparing the Outlook in the US and UK

In the UK, the supply of distressed real estate far outstrips demand, according to Rics, which may go at least part of the way to explaining why the UK's recovery is lagging behind the US...

Wednesday 22 Aug 2012

Central London ''Skewing UK Commercial Property Figures''

The strong performance of commercial property in central London means that, when the UK's real estate sector is looked at as a whole, it appears to be strong. However, data published recently...

Wednesday 22 Aug 2012

Breakdown of the Global Real Estate Market

It might have been almost 5 years since the world fell into a state of economic inebriation but it is still like a drunken sailor taking two steps backward for every one forward...

Tuesday 21 Aug 2012

London Commercial Property ''Will Continue to Attract Investors''

The appeal of commercial real estate investments in London is unlikely to be diminished in the short to medium term, according to new research...

Monday 20 Aug 2012

UK Property Market Still Lopsided and Uneven

The UK property market remains one of the most lopsided and dilapidated safe-havens in the world. That is, London is a safe-haven and it sits atop the high side of the lopsided market...

Friday 17 Aug 2012

Student Accommodation ''Going Strong'' Despite Fee Hikes

Investment in student accommodation in the UK has not diminished, despite fears that an increase in tuition fees, which is due to come into effect in September 2012, would discourage youngsters from applying for university...

Friday 17 Aug 2012

West End Offices ''Outperforming Rest of UK''

The office sector in London's West End is consistently posting growth while much of the rest of the UK's commercial property sector stalls, according to the latest monthly index from IPD...

Thursday 16 Aug 2012

Ikea Announces Plans to Build at Least 100 European Hotels

The household name household goods store IKEA has announced plans to build and develop around 100 budget hotels across Europe as part of its current push into the property market...

Wednesday 15 Aug 2012

How to Avoid a Property Market Crash With a Chocolate Cuckoo Clock

The Swiss: Famed for chocolate, banking, gold, cuckoo clocks and hiding things – the Swiss have decided their banks need more capital to offset a possible bubble burst in the Swiss property market caused by excessive credit growth...

Wednesday 15 Aug 2012

Rents Up for UK Residential Properties

Tenants renting UK housing have experienced rental increases in the past year, according to new figures published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Tuesday 14 Aug 2012

Second-Hand Assets ''Dominate UK Logistics Market''

The vast majority of logistics properties available in the UK are second-hand units, despite the growing trend of design-and-build projects...

Friday 10 Aug 2012

UK Student Housing Investment Doubles

Almost £800 million was invested in UK student housing in the first half of this year, more than double the £375 million invested during the same period of 2011...

Friday 10 Aug 2012

Investment in UK Student Housing Rises

The amount of money ploughed into the UK's student housing sector in the first half of 2012 is more than double the volume recorded in the same period last year...

Thursday 09 Aug 2012

Central London House Prices Rise in July

House prices in central London continued to climb last month, although at a slower rate than they have previously. New data from Knight Frank revealed the value of properties in the capital increased...

Tuesday 07 Aug 2012

The Electric and Eclectic Buzz of East End London's Brick Lane

Less than 5 miles from the Olympic stadium in Stratford and under 4 miles from the resplendent towers of the Canary Wharf financial district, a street that has managed to embrace change under its own terms while retaining its unique gritty vibrancy and bohemian character: Brick Lane...

Monday 06 Aug 2012

Investment Opportunities Exist in UK Commercial Property Sector

Investors who are willing to look at assets in the UK's regional commercial real estate markets could stand to generate some healthy returns, according to new research from DTZ...

Friday 03 Aug 2012

UK Commercial Property Sector Hitting New Lows

Now going on for 5 years in to this crash, Ireland is still in a bad way. After what seemed like it maybe a bottom for house prices, they fell again in June...

Friday 03 Aug 2012

Challenges for Regional UK Office Markets

There are challenges ahead for the UK's regional office markets, although many locations performed better than expected in the second quarter of this year...

Thursday 02 Aug 2012

Apart-Hotels: Room for Growth in the UK Market

The apartment hotels (or apart-hotels) sector in the UK is growing, but it still has a long way to go before it catches up with the US market...

Monday 30 Jul 2012

Investment in European Retail Property Up

The amount of money poured into the European retail real estate sector increased in the second quarter of this year, reaching EUR 6.13 billion...

Monday 30 Jul 2012

Risk-Averse Investors Boost UK Property Market

The cautious approach to investment prevalent in Europe at present has helped support the UK's commercial property sector...

Friday 27 Jul 2012

Buy to Let Investment: UK Rental Boom vs US

The closeness of relations between the US and UK depends on the government of the day and the feelings of the public, but it is hard to miss the similarities between the two in the recent bust and now in the subsequent rental booms...

Friday 27 Jul 2012

Global Property Investment Up in Q2

The amount of money invested in real estate markets worldwide increased quarter-on-quarter during the three months from April to June...

Thursday 26 Jul 2012

HOSTELS: The Dawn of a Revolutionary Asset Class

For most people over the age of 30 the words "hostel" and "five-star" make for an unlikely combination. Yet it appears that the value proposition of the hostel has undergone a radical change over the past decade...

Thursday 26 Jul 2012

Growth Forecast for London's Hotel Sector

The hotel industry in London is expected to grow in the short to medium term, outperforming other cities in Europe...

Wednesday 25 Jul 2012

Prime Central London Property ''Detached from Wider UK Market''

The global appeal of the prime central London property market means it is unlikely to be affected by any dips experienced elsewhere in the UK...

Tuesday 24 Jul 2012

UK Buy to Let Boom Continues Despite Falling Affordability

The latest news on the UK buy to let scene shows that landlords are still confident and planning to expand their portfolios, but does indicate cracks beginning to appear in the central London rental market...

Tuesday 24 Jul 2012

UK Shopping Centre Investment Slows

There was a decline in the volume of transactions for UK shopping centres in the second quarter of the year, compared to both the previous quarter and the same period in 2011...

Monday 23 Jul 2012

European Hotel Sector Puts In a Robust Performance

Returns generated by the hotel sector in Europe during 2011 stood at six per cent, only marginally lower than the 6.6 per cent recorded for the commercial property market as a whole...

Tuesday 17 Jul 2012

UK Commercial Real Estate Values Fall 2% in 6 Months

Commercial real estate in the UK lost 2% of its value in the first half of 2012 according to the latest data from IPD, putting the performance down to the continued austerity measures imposed upon the UK...

Tuesday 17 Jul 2012

Are Regional Office Markets Starting to Turn a Corner?

There are signs some of the UK's regional office markets are experiencing an upturn in tenant demand, which has been fuelled, in part, by a reduction in the amount of Grade A space available in certain locations...

Monday 16 Jul 2012

UK Commercial Property Market ''Improves Marginally''

There was a minimal improvement in the performance of the UK's commercial real estate sector in June, with CBRE revealing capital values slid by 0.5 per cent last month...

Tuesday 10 Jul 2012

International Buyers Boosting Prime London Market

Prime central London residential real estate continues to experience high demand, primarily from overseas investors...

Thursday 05 Jul 2012

Liverpool Recovers Its Lustre

Liverpool has witnessed a spectacular transformation over the past 3 decades, rising phoenix-like from the crestfallen city it had become in the early 80's to the vibrant, happening centre of culture and business that it is today...

Thursday 05 Jul 2012

Volume of City Transactions Up

The value of transactions for real estate investment assets in London City increased significantly in May, compared to April...

Wednesday 04 Jul 2012

BPF: Do Not Rely on REITs to Support Social Housing

The British Property Federation (BPF) has cautioned the government that real estate investment trusts (REITs) should not be viewed as the solution to the funding problems with social housing developments...

Tuesday 03 Jul 2012

UK Rents Slowing but Still Opportunities Abound

Just when life couldn't get any rosier for buy to let landlords in the UK, the picture has gone and shifted. According to the latest LSL buy to let index, rental growth in many areas has slowed...

Tuesday 03 Jul 2012

Recovery Predicted for UK Office Sector

There are signs a recovery is underway in the office sector of the UK commercial property market, with Glenigan noting that although there has been a drop in the number of new office construction schemes getting underway, this is not cause for concern in the long term...

Friday 29 Jun 2012

Olympic Fever Boosting London Property Market - Oh No It Isn't

Analysts, commentators and pundits are in hot debate about whether or not the Olympics is having a positive impact on London property prices and/or the rental market, and whether it will have any effects down the line...

Friday 29 Jun 2012

Growing Student Mobility Will Boost Accommodation Sector

The rising number of young people who travel outside of their home country to attend university bodes well for the student accommodation sector in Europe, with the UK one of the main beneficiaries...

Friday 29 Jun 2012

Investment in UK Regions ''Steady''

UK regions outside central London are still attracting attention from investors, accounting for almost half (48 per cent) of total investment volumes in the country last year...

Thursday 28 Jun 2012

UK House Prices Expected To Grow From 2013

House prices across the UK are expected to increase from next year onwards, according to new estimates. Data from BNP Paribas suggested that around 6.7 per cent growth would occur in 2013...

Wednesday 27 Jun 2012

Economic Uncertainty Weighs on UK Commercial Property Market

Negative gross domestic product growth in the UK and continued concerns over the outcome of the Eurozone crisis have weighed on investor sentiment and resulted in a slowdown...

Tuesday 26 Jun 2012

Shopping Mall Construction Boom in Emerging Markets

Emerging markets are witnessing unprecedented boom in shopping mall development as growing middle class populations' fuel major expansion in emerging market retail according to CBRE...

Monday 25 Jun 2012

''Mixed Picture'' for Scottish Housing Market

Several organisations have recently released figures showing how the Scottish housing market is faring. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Scotland saw...

Monday 25 Jun 2012

Prime London Property Prices Expected to Rise

The value of prime London residential real estate is predicted to increase by six per cent by the end of 2012...

Friday 22 Jun 2012

UK Commercial Property Values Decline

Total returns for UK commercial real estate assets stood at zero per cent in May, posting a 0.5 per cent decline from the previous month. According to the latest IPD UK Monthly Property Index...

Friday 22 Jun 2012

Student Housing ''Remains an Attractive Asset Class''

Student housing is still a lucrative sector in which to make real estate investments, with the latest Savills research on the market revealing total returns have been higher for student accommodation than many other types of commercial property...

Wednesday 20 Jun 2012

Doing The Eurozone Crisis - Greek Style

The Greek elections have been and gone and unfortunately the Eurozone is no further forward than it was before the elections...

Tuesday 19 Jun 2012

Five Year Crash Brings Stagnation to UK Housing Market

Now, around 5 years since the UK housing market went from boom to bust and all that has happened during what has been a volatile 5 years is that the market has fallen into a state of stagnation...

Friday 15 Jun 2012

Should Spain Have a NAMA (Bad Bank)?

Spain and Ireland right now are a near perfect experiment for two different ways of dealing with a burst real estate bubble; both had bubbles of the same magnificent proportions...

Friday 15 Jun 2012

UK Housing Market Hit by Falling Sales and Prices

The value of residential property in the UK continued to fall in May, while the number of completed sales was also down...

Thursday 14 Jun 2012

Are Heady London Property Prices Heading for a Fall?

Why is London property faring so favourably despite the current economic climate and while house prices in the rest of the country stagnate or face a seemingly ever downward spiral?

Thursday 14 Jun 2012

Central London Commercial Property ''Outperforms Wider UK Market''

Capital growth and total returns in the central London commercial real estate sector were well above those recorded for the UK as a whole in May. Research from CBRE revealed returns on this asset class...

Monday 11 Jun 2012

The Importance of Viewing Buy to Let as a Long Term Business Proposition

With demand for rental properties in the UK on the rise as tough economic times and increasingly restrictive homeowner mortgage lending policies mean that more would-be buyers are being pushed into the rental sector...

Friday 08 Jun 2012

With All the Financial Uncertainty, Is it Wise to Invest in Property?

The banking world is in tatters and one thing that global property needs to get back on its feet - if not to flourish - is the cooperation and support of the banks...

Thursday 07 Jun 2012

Report: UK House Prices Supported By Lack Of Supply

A slowdown in the supply of residential homes is helping support UK house prices. Figures from Nationwide show values rose by 0.3 per cent in May compared with the previous month, although prices are still down...

Tuesday 05 Jun 2012

Fresh Euro Debt Fears Spark Worrying Predictions

For those that don't know, the European debt crisis has taken a turn for the worse again. Fresh fears over the need for a Spanish bailout and/or the possibility that the EU would disband because of its inability to give a bailout the size the Spain would require...

Tuesday 05 Jun 2012

Euro Collapse Could Lead To Prime London Price Crash

House prices in the prime central London housing market could plummet by as much as 50 per cent if the single euro currency was to collapse, experts have warned...

Friday 01 Jun 2012

House Prices Still Falling In England And Wales

House prices in England and Wales continued to fall in April, dropping by 0.3 per cent compared with the previous month and by one per cent since the same time last year. Figures from the Land Registry...

Thursday 31 May 2012

Political Factors Affecting the Forex Market

When investing in the Forex market, there are a lot of different factors that can affect the condition of the market overall. While many different factors combine to affect the prices of current affairs in the market...

Thursday 31 May 2012

Better Infrastructure ''Drives East London Property Market''

The property market in east London is being moved forward not by the Olympic Games, but by the improvements that have been made to its infrastructure ahead of the international sporting event...

Wednesday 30 May 2012

European Retail Investment Crashing All Over Again

European retail investment is lower than at any point since the collapse of Lehman Brothers signalled a major property crash in 2008. According to CB Richard Ellis, just $5.9 billion was invested in European retail property in Q1...

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Investors Target European Office Assets

Transactions on European office markets accounted for half of investment activity in the first quarter of 2012. Research published by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) showed EUR 12 billion (GBP 9.6 billion) was ploughed into the sector in the three months from January to March...

Tuesday 29 May 2012

UK Offices ''Top Performing Commercial Property Sector''

The office market was the most robust of the UK's commercial real estate sectors in the first quarter of 2012. A report compiled by F&C REIT...

Tuesday 29 May 2012

CBRE Argues for Real Estate Investment

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has put forward a compelling case for commercial property investment in its latest report Time to Overweight Real Estate - The case for property in 2012...

Monday 28 May 2012

International Buyers ''Continue to Target London Property''

Real estate buyers around the world are becoming particularly keen to invest in property in London, new figures have revealed...

Monday 28 May 2012

Homeowners Confident of Property Values

The majority of homeowners are positive about future house price growth in the UK. Knight Frank's latest survey revealed confidence in the state of the country's residential real estate market is at a near 20-month high...

Tuesday 22 May 2012

UK House Prices Up 8000% Since Queen Was Crowned

UK house prices are 105 times higher than they were when the Queen was crowned in 1952, when it cost £1524 to get onto the housing ladder according to a new report...

Tuesday 22 May 2012

A Round-Up of Q1 2012 in the UK Property Investment Market

As the global economic crisis rumbles on, it was a slow start to the year in property investment markets around the world - and the UK was no exception...

Monday 21 May 2012

London Alone in Growth As UK Commercial Sector Slides

Many reports in the last 2 years have indicated that the UK commercial property scene was among the brightest in Europe, but as with most things it was mainly the performance of properties in the capital that was driving the overall performance up...

Friday 18 May 2012

London Commercial Property ''Supporting UK Market''

The UK's commercial real estate market is being supported by the returns generated by investment properties in London. According to figures published by IPD, capital values for retail, industrial and office assets declined by 0.3 per cent...

Thursday 17 May 2012

Core UK Property Markets Targeted by Investors

Many real estate investors are looking to core markets in the UK, with office and residential properties in London and the south-east among the most popular...

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Buy to Let Lending Declines but Sector Continues to Outperform

Buy to let lending in the UK has fallen in the first quarter according to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. According to the report buy to let investors borrowed £3.7 billion in Q1, representing a fall of 5% over Q4 2011...

Monday 14 May 2012

Investment in European Commercial Property Drops

There has been a significant reduction in the level of investment in European commercial real estate in the first quarter of the year, compared to the final three months of 2011...

Thursday 10 May 2012

Sentiment Improves in Global Property Markets

Sentiment among real estate professionals around the world improved in the first quarter of 2012. According to the Global Commercial Property Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics)...

Wednesday 09 May 2012

European Real Estate Investment Decline Continues

European real estate investment is continuing to fall on reduced debt funding and concerns about slowing growth, according to new data from Real Capital Analytics. In a report released...

Friday 04 May 2012

''Best Returns'' in UK Offices

The office sector in the UK was the best performing commercial property market in the first quarter of 2012, recording an average return of 0.9 per cent during this period...

Friday 04 May 2012

Slowdown in European Retail Property Investment

The level of activity in the European retail real estate investment market slowed in the first quarter of 2012, with just EUR 4.6 billion (GBP 3.7 billion) in transactions completed during the first three months of this year.

Thursday 03 May 2012

Legal and General Now a Commercial Property Lender

Last year we mused as to whether or not insurers would step in to close the gap left by banks in commercial real estate lending, and this year we are getting our answer in the positive...

Thursday 03 May 2012

UK House Prices Rise

House prices in the UK increased for the second consecutive month in April, posting gains of 0.1 per cent. London saw the biggest climb at 0.3 per cent, while other regions in the south of England...

Thursday 03 May 2012

GDP Data ''Unlikely to Influence Investors''

Overseas property investors are not expected to be deterred from entering the UK real estate market by the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures...

Wednesday 02 May 2012

UK Housing Market Slowing Again Says Hometrack

The highly regarded Hometrack index on the UK housing market has been released, showing a second consecutive monthly rise in house prices, and a lot of other seemingly positive data...

Wednesday 02 May 2012

Sales of £1m Homes Drop for First Time in 2 Years

A new report has shown that the number of homes costing over £1million has fallen for the first time in 2 years. The report released this week by Lloyds TSB shows the sales of such homes fell 5% to 6,911 last year...

Wednesday 02 May 2012

Double-Dip: UK Slides Back into Recession

On Wednesday (April 25th), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its preliminary data about the UK's gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of the year - and it didn't make for pleasant reading...

Monday 30 Apr 2012

Property Investors ''Must Evaluate and Adapt''

The changing face of the property market means investors need to continually alter their approach to their investment strategies...

Monday 30 Apr 2012

Investment Volumes in UK Property Fall

Less money was ploughed into the UK's property market in 2011 than in the previous year, with a new DTZ report revealing investment volumes were down by ten per cent...

Friday 27 Apr 2012

40pc of UK Home-Buyers Prepare for Prolonged Renting

A new survey by Money Supermarket has found that 8 million people in the UK are currently priced out of the housing market, with most first time buyers accepting the reality that they will be long-term renters while saving up a sufficient deposit...

Friday 27 Apr 2012

Lloyds to Sell Off Irish Loan Portfolio

Lloyds TSB is to auction off a whopping 360 million Euros worth Irish real estate loans, many of which are "impaired". Breaking news of the sale, sources told the press that first round bids were taken by the bank at the end of March...

Thursday 26 Apr 2012

Investment Activity in UK Shopping Centres Slides

The volume of shopping centre transactions completed in the UK during the first quarter of 2012 fell, compared to the same period in 2011...

Wednesday 25 Apr 2012

Unlisted Property in the UK Stable but Returns Dwindling

Unlisted property funds in the UK returned just 0.7% in the first quarter according to the latest AREF/IPD UK Property Fund Index...

Wednesday 25 Apr 2012

London and South-East Buy-to-Let: A Smart Investment?

Much has been made of the increasing attractiveness of the UK's buy-to-let market, with high residential property prices resulting in a rising number of households entering the private rented sector (PRS), rather than purchasing their own home.

Wednesday 25 Apr 2012

Sales of Public Property in Europe Doubled in 2011

According to new data from CB Richard Ellis European government's offloaded EUR 2.3 billion worth of publicly owned property in 2011, twice as much as 2010, but not the economies you'd immediately expect...

Tuesday 24 Apr 2012

On the Up: London's Rental Market Continues to Grow

There is an increasing disparity between the rental market in central London and elsewhere in the UK. According to the latest figures in the HomeLet Rental Index, the average cost of accommodation in the capital stood at GBP 1,156 per month in March...

Monday 23 Apr 2012

Average UK Rents Increase

The average cost of renting a UK property increased by five per cent in March, compared to the same month a year earlier...

Monday 23 Apr 2012

UK Student Property Investment up 50% in 2011 Says CBRE

According to the latest report into the student property sector in the UK, it continues to perform very well indeed. According to the CBRE's quarterly market review of the sector (Q1 2012), £1.15 billion was invested in the sector in 2011...

Friday 20 Apr 2012

Negative Trends in UK Retail Market

Retail property in the UK has experienced a fall in tenant demand, as well as negative rental expectations. The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) UK Commercial Market Survey...

Friday 20 Apr 2012

London Remains Top Target for Hotel Investment

The UK was the most liquid hotel investment market in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region during the first quarter of this year, with assets in London accounting for the bulk of the activity...

Thursday 19 Apr 2012

''Modest Changes'' Can Boost Institutional Investment in Housing

Alterations to current legislation could significantly improve the landscape for institutional investment in residential property in the UK...

Wednesday 18 Apr 2012

Commercial Property Developers Show Increased Confidence in UK

Commercial property developers in the UK have put their faith behind the economy's ability to avoid the fated double dip recession, as the Savills Total Commercial Development Activity Index for March rises...

Tuesday 17 Apr 2012

Returns on Central London Offices Improve

The return generated by central London offices increased to 0.6 per cent in March, rising from the 0.5 per cent recorded in February...

Tuesday 17 Apr 2012

UK Property Investment ''Limited''

The level of transactions occurring in the UK's commercial real estate markets has been affected by the weak economy, lack of finance and investor uncertainty...

Monday 16 Apr 2012

Global Real Estate Investment Down but Not Out Says JLLS

New data from Jones Lang La Salle seems to add weight that global real estate investment is slowing. According to the firm $75 billion was invested in commercial real estate in Q1 2012, which is a 23% contraction...

Monday 16 Apr 2012

Buy to Let Investment and Online Agents

Buy to let investment is sometimes glamorised, not least because of the increase in overseas property investment, coined fly to let investments made in some of the world's hottest locations...

Thursday 12 Apr 2012

EU Crisis and the UK Property Market

With the worsening sovereign debt crisis in Europe threatening the stability of the whole continent and the UK struggling to tackle its own massive national debt - the UK property market has no option but to wake up and smell the coffee...

Wednesday 11 Apr 2012

Could Online Estate Agents be the Future of UK House Sales?

In the UK (and most places I suppose) we sell our houses through an estate agent. We always have done. We find an agent, they put up a for sale board, put our property up in their window...

Wednesday 11 Apr 2012

Hybrid Mortgages - Quick Fix or Sudden Death?

It's not often I cover similar subjects in successive posts – but this week I was asked for my opinion by Kathleen Kelly at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation new proposals for hybrid mortgages by David Miles at the Bank of England...

Wednesday 11 Apr 2012

Private Investment in Social Housing ''To Be Encouraged''

The government is making attempts to encourage more property investment from private financiers. Chloe Smith, economic secretary, together with housing minister Grant Shapps released a consultation to consider changes to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)...

Tuesday 10 Apr 2012

European Property Investment ''Expected to Rise in 2012''

The volume of investment flowing into European real estate markets in 2012 is expected to be four per cent higher than it was in 2011...

Wednesday 04 Apr 2012

Glimmers of Hope in the Irish Housing Market - Data

The Irish property market may be about to finally get some respite from its 5 year illness according to the latest data. A new report from the largest Irish property portal daft.ie shows that houses are selling quicker and at higher asking prices...

Wednesday 04 Apr 2012

South-East London: One to Watch for Property Investors

There is often much talk about where the next hotspot for property investment will be in London and the south-east of the capital is certainly one to keep an eye on over the next few years...

Tuesday 03 Apr 2012

''Plenty of Opportunities'' for Residential Real Estate Investment

The majority of housing markets in the UK present opportunities for residential property investment, while the number of new homes being constructed is expected to remain well below...

Tuesday 03 Apr 2012

Institutions ''Want to Invest in PRS''

There is a desire among institutional investors to put their money into the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK, however, there are a number of hurdles that must first be overcome...

Monday 02 Apr 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

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

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

Steady Performance Anticipated for UK Hotel Market

The UK's hotel market is expected to remain broadly stable over the course of 2012, although establishments in London will outperform their regional counterparts, due in part to the anticipated boost from both the Olympic Games and the queen's diamond jubilee celebrations...

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

Solid Proof - The Bank of England Doesn't Understand the Housing Market

Proof that one of the top men in banking in the UK has no idea on how the housing market works. A man that is responsible for advising the government on mortgage lending policies and yet has repeatedly made outlandish statements to the press, the government, and is still employed at the Bank of England...

Friday 23 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

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - Mexico

Mexico emerged from the financial crisis well. The recession officially ended with a 2.3% quarter on quarter growth in Q4 2009, although GDP was still down 6.5% year on year...

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

UK Serviced Apartments Offer Investment Opportunities

The serviced apartment market in the UK is performing well and has the potential for future growth, making it an attractive property investment opportunity...

Friday 16 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

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

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

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - India

With the Indian economy still growing and the massive and growing population, this policy led to a revival in the housing market and the fortunes of its benefactors...

Tuesday 13 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

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

EMEA Hotel Investment Activity Up

Investment activity in the hotels sector in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region increased in 2011 compared to the previous year...

Wednesday 07 Mar 2012

North Americans 'Driving European Cross-Border Investment'

Investors from the US and Canada are the driving force behind European cross-border investment. According to research conducted by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), nearly one-third (30 per cent) of all commercial real estate transactions...

Tuesday 06 Mar 2012

UK Residential Market Invaded by Institutional Investors

The UK residential sector is currently undergoing the start of what could become a permanent change to the way houses in the UK are rented...

Tuesday 06 Mar 2012

Average House Prices Explained

Prepare for the harsh reality about one of most frequently cited phrases in recent times and why it is the most useless piece of statistical data since someone worked out how many particles of fog will fit on a teaspoon...

Tuesday 06 Mar 2012

'More Investment Opportunities' in European Commercial Property

A rise in the number of attractive real estate investment opportunities was recorded in the final quarter of 2011, with prime assets continuing to offer the best returns...

Monday 05 Mar 2012

Tenant Eviction Orders Up 17% in the UK

More dark clouds on the horizon of the UK's unprecedented countrywide rental boom as a new report reveals a 17% growth in private tenancy evictions since 2007...

Monday 05 Mar 2012

Backing for Government Property Investment Review

The British Property Federation (BPF) has thrown its weight behind a recently announced government review that will examine the barriers for institutional investment in the private rented sector (PRS)....

Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

Madness Epidemic Hits Housing Market

This week (bear in mind it's only Monday afternoon as I write) a Buy to Let millionaire has announced he is standing to be the next Kent Police Commissioner stating that he has the financial skills to help run Kent Police...

Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

UK Hotel Market 'Will Improve in 2012'

There will be a greater number of transactions in the UK hotel market during 2012, with one expert stressing activity in this sector of the real estate industry is far from stagnant...

Monday 27 Feb 2012

Axa Stumps Up a Further 2 Billion in Property Financing

Towards the back end of last year it was identified that one of the biggest problems faced by European real estate (along with that in much the rest of the world) was the lack of financing available from banks, especially senior lending...

Monday 27 Feb 2012

Opportunities Exist in Student Accommodation Market

There are significant opportunities for property investors in the student accommodation market. This is according to Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which outlined the scope of the sector and the room for growth in a recent presentation....

Friday 24 Feb 2012

Is 2012 a Good Year for Residential Property Investment?

This year is expected to provide opportunities for residential property investment, with housing markets in the majority of English and Welsh regions described as "quite attractive" in a new report....

Friday 24 Feb 2012

UK Housing Market Could Face a Lost Decade or Maybe Not

The UK housing market faces a lost decade, according to research by Collins Stewart. The firm has said that the government's efforts to boost mortgage lending could do more harm than good, plunging first time buyers into negative equity when prices continue to fall...

Friday 24 Feb 2012

Scotland - Land of the Property Rich and the Property Poor

Research released earlier this month from the Bank of Scotland and the Halifax reports that the value of private housing stock in Scotland has increased over the past decade by 131%, representing the largest increase across the UK...

Friday 24 Feb 2012

Investors 'Turn to London Property for Wealth Preservation'

Many people who make property investments in London are not doing so to generate significant returns on their cash, but in order to preserve their wealth...

Thursday 23 Feb 2012

UK Banks Lead Charge to Sell Off Bad Property Loans

The pressure on banks in Europe to get rid of bad property loans off their books has not eased amidst the worsening sovereign debt crisis that seemingly no-one was has the solution to. In fact they are under more pressure to sell before the impending regulation changes...

Wednesday 22 Feb 2012

Lessons to be Learnt from Ireland’s Plunging Property Prices

Spain, Ireland, the UK and the US have a pretty similar story to tell when it comes to their path from economic glory to gory. Obviously there are differences in one way and another, but all of them made it too easy to get too much credit, especially mortgage credit...

Wednesday 22 Feb 2012

Energy Standards 'Will Impact UK Commercial Property'

Investors with UK commercial property assets as part of their portfolio may want to check the buildings they own will meet the new standards for energy efficiency that are due to come into force in April 2018....

Tuesday 21 Feb 2012

27,000 New Property Millionaires in 2011 Exposes Two-Tier Market

The principal drivers behind this continued localised price surge are equity-rich domestic buyers who are choosing to reinvest in the robust London market boosted by affluent overseas purchasers seeking a safe haven for their wealth...

Tuesday 21 Feb 2012

Prime Commercial Property Yields 'Remain Stable'

Yields from commercial real estate investments in the UK were broadly stable in the year to January 2012, with eight out of the 13 sectors surveyed by Savills recording no movement in this 12-month period....

Monday 20 Feb 2012

Mortgage Famines and Stamp Duty Holidays – Between the Lines

Having almost reached the point of blocking anything to do with news about Buy to Let lending and how rental prices are going to the moon, it would appear the trend in what the press thinks we need to read about the property market is changing...

Monday 20 Feb 2012

RICS Suggests Measures to Boost Residential Property Investment

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has made several suggestions about how the government could help encourage institutional investors to enter the UK's residential property sector....

Friday 17 Feb 2012

Investment Volumes to Hold in Deutschland Safe Haven

Property investment experts are predicting another strong year for German property investment this year, as it continues to be perceived as a safe-harbour in the Euro-sovereign debt storm...

Friday 17 Feb 2012

London's Future of Flexible Super Flats

International buyers looking for property investments in London are increasingly seeking out large apartments, typically with over 5,000 sq ft of space...

Thursday 16 Feb 2012

Investors 'Will Continue to Focus on Prime Assets'

Prime property investments will continue to be the main focus of those with money to plough into Europe's real estate sectors over the coming year...

Thursday 16 Feb 2012

Foreign Investors Drive UK Commercial Property Market

The UK was the most active market in Europe in December 2011 and January 2012 with 4.9 billion Euros invested during the period. It beat France in second place with 4.2 billion Euros and Germany...

Thursday 16 Feb 2012

London Rents 'Hit by Employment Market'

Fewer employment vacancies in London's financial sector and tenants seeking lower living costs have combined to push rents down in January...

Wednesday 15 Feb 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - China

It has been said that a government has limited control over what it can do to influence things like property price growth, but this isn't so in China, it has near-total control. After easing us in gently from April 2010...

Wednesday 15 Feb 2012

'Flight to Quality' Noted for Retail Real Estate Assets

Investors are continuing to target prime retail real estate assets, despite the current economic difficulties and low consumer confidence...

Monday 13 Feb 2012

Equity Funding 'Has Become More Important than Debt'

Using equity to fund the purchase of real estate investments has become more popular than debt financing. This is the conclusion of a report published by Savills, which revealed the proportion of property transactions that are covered by mortgages has dropped over the last decade....

Friday 10 Feb 2012

Residential Buy to Let Funding and Financial Incest

It would seem no matter where you look at the moment – Buy to Let is hogging the news. Blooming, booming, flourishing and no end of adjectives adorn the headlines; all in a bid to flog the concept to the public that having someone else paying your mortgage is a good idea. On closer inspection of the bigger picture however...

Friday 10 Feb 2012

UK Commercial Property 'Slides Marginally in January'

The performance of UK commercial real estate worsened slightly in January, compared to the previous month. Research released by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) noted that total monthly returns declined...

Thursday 09 Feb 2012

UK Hotels Urged to Refurbish if They Want to Ensure a Fruitful 2012

After a relatively disappointing 2011, hotels in the UK have been advised by hotel consultancy HVS London to focus on starting or completing refurbishments to their property in an effort to counter the on-going recession...

Thursday 09 Feb 2012

The Perils of Being a UK Landlord in 2012

We have all heard recently about the unprecedented rental boom in the UK, but as a consequence of what created the boom, landlords now face a new threat...

Wednesday 08 Feb 2012

London Residential Market 'Dominated by Overseas Buyers'

The volume of investment flooding into London's residential new-build property market from overseas investors has far outpaced that from domestic buyers...

Tuesday 07 Feb 2012

Will the UK Property Market be able to Cope with a Double-Dip Recession?

Can the UK property market cope with a double-dip recession? There are just so many variables. So many things affecting the answer to a massively different degree between their best and worst case scenarios, and all of them intertwined and affecting each other's outcomes...

Tuesday 07 Feb 2012

Cross-Border Investment Rises in 2011

The number of cross-border real estate investments made in 2011 was significantly higher than in 2010. In its year-end Global Capital Flow report, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) revealed cross-border transactions were up by...

Monday 06 Feb 2012

UK House Prices 'Flat' in 2011

The value of residential properties in the UK remained largely unchanged between December and January, while prices fell by 1.6 per cent year-on-year...

Wednesday 01 Feb 2012

London Looks for Confidence as Eurozone Crisis Leads to New Low

The Lloyds Bank Commercial Property Confidence Monitor for January 2012 recently revealed the extent to which concerns over the eurozone crisis and domestic economic difficulties have had an impact on the UK's commercial real estate sector....

Monday 30 Jan 2012

Demand for European Commercial Property 'Will Remain Strong'

Investors will continue to plough their money into European commercial property over the course of 2012, BNP Paribas Real Estate has predicted. In the firm's At a Glance Main Investment Markets in Western Europe report...

Friday 27 Jan 2012

Opportunities for Investors in London Hotel Market?

Last month, Barclays Corporate predicted the recovery witnessed in London's hotel market during 2011 would continue into 2012, with the third quarter of this year set to be key for the overall performance of the sector. The firm noted strong revenue per available room...

Thursday 26 Jan 2012

Uncertainty Ahead for European Real Estate

The outlook for European real estate investment in 2012 is one of caution, with concerns over the sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone continuing to play on investors' minds. In its most recent report...

Thursday 26 Jan 2012

Student Returns in London Double - Fall in Other Regions

Recent data on UK student property investment has shown that, while the increase in fees enacted this year has not hampered investor sentiment, it has made investors think more carefully about what and where to invest in...

Wednesday 25 Jan 2012

London Real Estate "A Target for Overseas Investors"

An increasing number of overseas investors are entering the London property market, with Savills recently reporting that 55 per cent of all transactions for central London real estate in 2011 were concluded by international buyers....

Wednesday 25 Jan 2012

UK House Prices Down in January

Household sentiment about the value of properties in the UK slipped in January compared to December, a new survey has revealed. The Knight Frank/Markit January House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI) found that around 19 per cent of those questioned believed their home was worth less in January in comparison with the previous month....

Wednesday 25 Jan 2012

Down and Dirty with the Property Recovery - UK

Many people feel like - "if I hear one more commentator say it's a mixed bag I am going to shoot him/her and then myself", but there is no other way to describe it. In fact it is so mixed...

Tuesday 24 Jan 2012

Falling Demand to Hit UK Commercial Property Sector

A decrease in tenant demand for commercial real estate will have a marked impact on the sector over the course of 2012. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Tuesday 24 Jan 2012

London Student Property 'A Lucrative Investment'

The returns generated by London student property investments almost doubled in 2011, compared to the previous year. This is according to Knight Frank, which revealed a lack of supply in the real estate sector, coupled with strong demand, has helped push this assets class forward....

Tuesday 24 Jan 2012

Threat of Recession Weighs on UK Property Market

A marginal decline of capital value growth in the UK's commercial property sector was recorded in December, new figures show. The IPD Monthly Index revealed the rate of appreciation of such real estate assets slid by...

Tuesday 24 Jan 2012

Can Stateside Property Positivity Bleed Over The Atlantic?

Real estate investors stateside are becoming more confident. The UK and the US have held hands so many times during the international financial crisis, showing similar trends at similar times...

Monday 16 Jan 2012

London Provides Greek and Italian Investors With Safe Haven

Italians and Greeks are pouring millions of Euros into the London property market, which is standing out as one of the few safe-havens within Europe. On the first wave of the financial crisis, investors from Italy and Greece...

Monday 16 Jan 2012

"Healthy Returns" Recorded for UK Commercial Property

Those with commercial property investments in the UK have experienced "relatively healthy" returns during 2011, it has been asserted...

Friday 13 Jan 2012

Prime London Property Prices Up 40% Since March 2009

The UK housing market is either stagnating, falling slowly or growing very slowly depending on which index you pay attention to, with one exception. London...

Wednesday 11 Jan 2012

UK Commercial Property 'Likely to be Stable in 2012'

The UK's commercial real estate market has reached a kind of plateau, with little change expected in capital values or yields over the coming months, it has been claimed...

Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

CBRE Reports 120% Plus Growth in Student Housing Investment

CB Richard Ellis has just released its latest report into UK student housing investment, and it makes for very positive reading indeed. According to the data investment in student housing has increased by more than 120% in the last year...

Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

Confidence in London Commercial Property Drops

The London commercial property market is experiencing its lowest level of confidence in two years, according to a new study...

Monday 09 Jan 2012

Entering The Era of Shared Ownership

The UK property market has changed over the last 50, 40, 30, 20 and even 10 years. Since the 50s it has been common place for men and women to find it easy to get jobs in their local area, and to spend their entire lives working in the same job...

Monday 09 Jan 2012

City Councils Aiding Landlords in Regeneration of Regional Property

Local governments in the UK have started funding landlords to repair any derelict or rundown properties they may have in their portfolio...

Monday 09 Jan 2012

Top Tier Cities and International Gateways Offer Hope for Hotel Market in 2012

Several prime cities are seeing hotel revenues continue to grow, and while hotel stocks are still falling because of the wider situation, hotel buyers can still see that these cities present good opportunities to buy now while prices are becoming increasingly attractive...

Monday 09 Jan 2012

Mixed Outlook for Commercial Property in 2012

The UK commercial property market is likely to see mixed fortunes in 2012, according to a new report. Jones Lang LaSalle's latest Property Predictions publication suggests...

Friday 06 Jan 2012

Germany's Property Market - Riding Out the Economic Storm

The economic difficulties experienced by eurozone nations during 2011 have been well documented, with countries such as Spain, Portugal and Ireland seeing their property markets take a significant hit....

Thursday 05 Jan 2012

Growing Numbers of UK Residential Tenants Falling into Severe Arrears

The UK buy to let sector has been a stalwart of hope and regeneration over the last 12 months; while the rest of the UK housing market (except London) facing barren demand...

Thursday 05 Jan 2012

How Will London's Housing Market Perform in 2012?

Following a record year for prime London real estate, one sector commentator has predicted that capital values will continue to increase, especially during the first half of 2012...

Wednesday 04 Jan 2012

Government to Review Investment in PRS

The government has announced it will launch a review into the barriers to investment in the UK's private rental sector (PRS). Housing minister Grant Shapps revealed...

Wednesday 04 Jan 2012

House Prices Rise in Most UK Regions

Many UK regions saw rises in house prices during 2011, according to a new report. Figures from Nationwide show values rose by 0.3 per cent on average across the board in the fourth quarter and by 1.1 per cent to GBP 163,822 for the year as a whole....

Wednesday 04 Jan 2012

Will Lloyds' Distressed Property Loan Sales Spark Similar Deals?

At the beginning of December, the Financial Times reported that Lloyds Banking Group had opened discussions with US private equity group Lone Star about selling off GBP 900 million of distressed real estate loans....

Tuesday 03 Jan 2012

Will UK Commercial Property Take a Hit in 2012?

A recent survey among economists, analysts and executives carried out by Bloomberg has suggested the UK commercial property sector could see values slide in 2012...

Tuesday 03 Jan 2012

UK Property Prices Expected to Fall

A shortage of homes in the UK is expected to restrict the amount that the value of residential property falls by, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has predicted...

Tuesday 03 Jan 2012

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

UK House Prices in 2012 - The Humbug Report

Last year's Housing Humbug Report covered a number of points, many of which will make an appearance again this year of course – but first, was I right?

Friday 23 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

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

New Data Affirms Prime Property as Investment Safe Haven

Last year 26,744 more homeowners had properties worth a million quid or more, taking the UK total to 253,118 in December. This amounts to 1 in every 108 homes, which is down slightly compared to the 1 in 97 homes registered in 2007.

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

Door to PAIF Opens to New Investors

Property Authorised Investment Funds (PAIFs) were originally introduced in the UK in April 2008, but take up of these vehicles has so far been relatively low, with no PAIFs currently open to retail investors....

Wednesday 21 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

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

Britain in 2020: A nation of landlords and renters

The UK housing market crash has had one unpredicted and unmistakeable consequence in creating a massive and near-unprecedented rental and buy to let boom across the entire country. But will this become a permanent shift in the way Brits think about property ownership?

Tuesday 20 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

UK House Prices: What to Expect in 2012

The value of homes in the UK has been broadly stable during 2011, posting slight gains at the start of the year followed by marginal declines in more recent months...

Friday 16 Dec 2011

New Build Indemnity Scheme - Such Good News for First Time Buyers?

In theory, the scheme appeared as an appealing win-win proposition for all involved, particularly for first-time buyers frozen out of the market by the hefty average 17% deposits that lenders are currently demanding. In practice however, there are growing concerns...

Friday 16 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

Financial Transactions Tax - The Pros and Cons

For those that don't know, the combined intellect of the European Union's financial brains has come up with a tax first conceived in a university lecture in the seventies...

Wednesday 07 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

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

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

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

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

Manchester and Liverpool Emerge as Buy to Let Goldmines

With rents in the UK rising and an increasing number of investors hoping to capitalise on the Buy to Let (BTL) market, where are some of the best locations for landlords to achieve a good return on their investment...

Wednesday 30 Nov 2011

What Will Be The Immediate Effects of The Eurozone Crisis on The UK Property Market in 2012?

As Europe’s leaders flounder to find a lasting and effective solution to the sovereign debt crisis currently sweeping through the Eurozone at an increasingly alarming rate, experts warn that the UK Property Market faces a lethal combination of plummeting prices and increased mortgage rates in 2012.

Wednesday 30 Nov 2011

Olympic Sprint For Buy to Let

Fuelled by a convergence of ironies and unique circumstance the London property market is experiencing an unprecedented rental boom and a completely illogical performance across the other metrics. ..

Tuesday 29 Nov 2011

What's Happening to Rental Amounts in Your Area?

The latest HomeLet Rental Index has revealed that average rents across the UK fell in October compared to the previous month, although this was not the case for every region...

Tuesday 29 Nov 2011

CBI Leads the Backing for Homebuyers

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently came out in support of introducing more measures to help first-time buyers (FTBs) get on the property ladder in the UK...

Monday 28 Nov 2011

Potential Landlords Encouraged to Act Now in Buy To Let Market

With the price of renting rising for tenants and a lack of mortgage finance keeping many first-time buyers off the property ladder, the buy to let (BTL) market in the UK has been going from strength to strength....

Monday 28 Nov 2011

Will London Property Activity Heat Up This Winter?

According to a consensus of data from larger agents including Knight Frank and Savills, foreign buyers currently make around 50% of property purchases in London...

Friday 18 Nov 2011

Bizarre Forces Increase House Prices

Although the average price of buying a home in the UK may have fallen, with figures published by the Land Registry in September recording an annual drop of 2.6 per cent, there are some towns and cities in the country that have bucked the trend....

Friday 18 Nov 2011

How Can The Government Stimulate UK Construction?

At the end of October, David Cameron wrote in the Financial Times that the government intends to focus on infrastructure projects around the UK...

Friday 18 Nov 2011

Who Is Investing In London's New-Build Hotspots?

A recent Knight Frank report looking at the prospects for a range of districts in London singled out numerous areas that can expect to see property price growth of over 50 per cent by 2016...

Thursday 17 Nov 2011

Bank Hesitation - A "Staggering" Opportunity For Alternative Lenders

Banks have cooled lending on student accommodation, because of fears that the increasing student tuition fees could have a hampering effect on the sector...

Thursday 17 Nov 2011

Student Accommodation - The New Battle of York?

York council wants to override the UK legislation by imposing what is called an Article 4 Direction, which basically gives the council the right to order planning permission be sought to change occupational use...

Wednesday 16 Nov 2011

NEF 'On Track To Help North-East SMEs'

North East Finance (NEF) is an organisation that was established to provide support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the north-east of England...

Wednesday 16 Nov 2011

Can North-West Benefit From Boost To Manchester Property Market?

Investment volumes in commercial property in the north-west of England increased significantly during the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, compared to the previous three-month period...

Tuesday 15 Nov 2011

UK Landlords: A Look At Both Sides Of The Industry

As an increasing number of people turn to the private rented sector in search of accommodation, landlords are finding themselves under ever more scrutiny...

Monday 14 Nov 2011

What Caused The Construction PMI Rise?

In October, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) compiled by Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) hit its highest level for five months - but what was behind the unexpected rise?...

Monday 14 Nov 2011

Does London’s investment future lie in foreign hands?

Ever since the UK housing market crashed and the value of the pound plummeted, wealthy buyers from around the world have been seizing the opportunity to buy up prime real estate assets in our prestigious capital...

Friday 11 Nov 2011

Buy to Let Market News – Continued Growth in BTL Market

The UK buy to let sector is continuing to present itself as one of the best areas of investment, as a set of circumstances align perfectly to create a near-perfect environment for investment - of course with the proper research and due diligence...

Thursday 10 Nov 2011

UK Rents at Record High

The UK rental market has exploded into a ferocious boom. Whereas price growth has been limited to London in the last few months, the rental boom is happening countrywide...

Wednesday 09 Nov 2011

What Does Increased Chinese Investment Mean For UK Hotels?

An increasing number of Chinese investors have been targeting real estate markets overseas, with hotels among the sectors that this demographic is interested in. According to head of hotels at Christie + Co Jeremy Hill, this can only benefit the industry....

Wednesday 09 Nov 2011

London Rents – What Are The Prospects For 2012?

With properties in London seeing rents rise at a significant pace during 2011, investors, landlords and tenants may be wondering whether the growth in the market can continue at such a rate in 2012...

Tuesday 08 Nov 2011

Indian Property Investor Numbers Are on the Rise

As the Indian property market more wriggles and squirms than crashes and burns, more and more Indian investors are pouring their investments into London property...

Tuesday 08 Nov 2011

The Driving Forces Behind Soaring London Rents

With rents in London hitting new highs and displaying annual growth of 5.8 per cent, according to the most recent Buy to Let index from LSL Property Services, investors may be wondering what exactly is pushing the market ever higher....

Monday 07 Nov 2011

Price Growth Expected For Prime London Property

Property values in prime locations in London are expected to rise further over the coming years...

Tuesday 01 Nov 2011

How is finance availability affecting the property sector?

Credit availability - or the lack thereof - is becoming a real thorn in the side of the UK's property industry, with many potential buyers being held back by difficulties in sourcing finance for real estate purchases....

Tuesday 01 Nov 2011

"Good Value" Offered By Regional Properties

Real estate located outside London may offer good value for money, particularly when compared to the capital, where prices continue to climb...

Tuesday 01 Nov 2011

West End Property 'Snapped Up By UK Buyers'

Although London's property market has attracted a great deal of interest from overseas investors in recent months, it appears that the West End is a hotspot for British buyers...

Tuesday 01 Nov 2011

Property 'Has Good Potential As A Long-Term Investment'

Real estate presents an excellent opportunity to generate significant returns over the long term, one investment expert has suggested...

Monday 31 Oct 2011

Strong Property Price Growth Recorded In Scotland

Scotland and the north of England have experienced the greatest rises in property values over the past ten years, according to a new survey based on the price paid per square metre...

Monday 31 Oct 2011

Strong September Recorded For London Hotels

Hotels in London performed well during September this year after a slowdown in profitability during August, new research shows...

Monday 31 Oct 2011

Overseas Investors 'Buying Prime Retail Properties'

Prime retail locations in central London have been targeted by international investors over the past five years, with overseas owners now more prevalent than UK funds in areas such as Oxford Street and Bond Street....

Wednesday 26 Oct 2011

Commercial Property "Provides Attractive Returns"

Investors are increasingly turning to the commercial real estate market as they search for assets that will perform well in the current economic climate...

Tuesday 25 Oct 2011

Investment In Retail Properties Rises In Europe

A quarter-on-quarter increase in the level of investment in European retail real estate markets has been recorded. A report released by Jones Lang LaSalle revealed that investment volumes hit 6.7 billion euros...

Tuesday 25 Oct 2011

Gap Between Prime And Secondary UK Property 'Growing'

The difference between the value of high-end prime residential properties in the UK and the rest of the housing market has increased significantly...

Tuesday 25 Oct 2011

Investment In European Hotels Rises

The level of investment in European hotels across five core markets - France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Italy - increased during the first half of this year, new research shows...

Monday 24 Oct 2011

UK House Prices 'Expected To Fall'

Expectations of capital value falls in the UK's residential real estate market have been recorded in a new survey...

Monday 24 Oct 2011

UK Land Values 'To Remain Stable'

The price of buying land in the UK is expected to rise marginally in some areas and remain stable across much of the country over the coming year...

Friday 21 Oct 2011

Diverse Portfolio 'Important' For Property Investors

Commercial real estate investors should not put all their eggs in one basket by ensuring they have properties in a mix of locations in their portfolios...

Thursday 20 Oct 2011

Availability Of London Office Space Falls

The lack of new office space coming on to the market in London has seen quarterly take-up figures decline; however, pre-lets are at their highest level since the third quarter of 2007...

Thursday 20 Oct 2011

London Rents And Capital Values 'Continue To Grow'

Rents and house prices in London grew in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest data from Savills. However, the firm noted that capital values jumped more than rents...

Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

North-South House Price Divide 'Widening'

The gap between property values in the south of the UK and in its northern regions is widening, according to the latest data published by Rightmove...

Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

London Helps UK Capital Growth 'Hold Steady'

The UK commercial property market was helped along by the performance of assets in London, the latest IPD UK Monthly Index has found. Overall, average returns from real estate remained in positive territory in September...

Tuesday 18 Oct 2011

Average UK Rents Fall In September

The HomeLet Rental Index for September has recorded a drop in average monthly rents across the UK, although the researchers noted that the amount tenants pay is still 4.5 per cent higher than a year ago....

Tuesday 18 Oct 2011

Occupier Demand Falls Among Commercial Tenants

During the third quarter of this year, demand among commercial tenants fell into negative territory for the first time in 12 months, the latest research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shows....

Tuesday 18 Oct 2011

Greater London Rents Rise Again

The latest figures in the HomeLet Rental Index have revealed that properties in Greater London now command an average monthly rent of GBP 1,206 - their highest recorded level...

Monday 17 Oct 2011

London Retail Properties 'Experience Rental Growth'

The retail real estate sector in the UK's capital appears to be holding up well in the face of wider economic problems, the latest research from Knight Frank suggests...

Monday 17 Oct 2011

Predicted Returns From Real Estate Assets Halved

Property investors have halved the amount they expect to generate from their UK assets this year, new research by JP Morgan Cazenove has discovered...

Friday 14 Oct 2011

Activity Rises In European Commercial Property Markets

There has been a greater level of activity among investors in the commercial property sector in Europe during the third quarter of 2011, compared to both the same period a year earlier and the previous quarter, the latest figures from CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) show....

Friday 14 Oct 2011

UK Commercial Development Activity Drops

The level of activity across many of the UK's commercial development sectors fell during September, Savills has revealed, making it the third consecutive month of declines...

Thursday 13 Oct 2011

UK Commercial Property "A Unique Investment"

Investors turn towards commercial property investment in the UK in times of global economic turbulence because the asset class has certain characteristics that it is difficult to find elsewhere in the world....

Wednesday 12 Oct 2011

UK Housing Market 'Subdued'

Fewer people have been putting their properties up for sale in September, resulting in a slight constriction on the supply of residential real estate in the UK, the latest research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed....

Wednesday 12 Oct 2011

Industrial Real Estate Investment In Europe 'Flat'

The amount of capital being invested in industrial property markets in Europe appears to have stagnated, according to the latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle...

Tuesday 11 Oct 2011

European Office Markets 'Starting To Recover'

A recovery in rents for offices in prime central business district (CBD) locations in Europe has been noted...

Monday 10 Oct 2011

New York Tops Investment Table

New York has received more investment in commercial property than any other destination in the world so far this year. According to figures published by Cushman and Wakefield, the US city saw investment rise by 165 per cent in the nine months to September....

Monday 10 Oct 2011

Italian Pooled Funds Post Strong H1 Returns

Despite being one of Europe's (PIIGs) most heavily indebted countries, and well wrapped up in the whole sovereign debt crises, Italian pooled funds have posted some pretty decent returns in the first half of this year.

Monday 10 Oct 2011

Property Investors 'Making Compromises' On Prime Assets

Many real estate investors are now more prepared to compromise on certain criteria when seeking out prime commercial assets in the UK..

Friday 07 Oct 2011

Top Cities For Billionaire Properties Identified

A new report by Savills has highlighted ten global cities that are attracting real estate investment from some of the world's most wealthy people...

Thursday 06 Oct 2011

London Price Rises 'May Slow In Autumn and Winter'

The impressive growth in house values in London may slow down and plateau over the autumn and winter months, it has been suggested...

Wednesday 05 Oct 2011

UK House Prices 'Largely Unchanged'

There was little fluctuation in residential real estate values in the UK over the course of September, the latest figures in the Nationwide House Price Index have revealed...

Tuesday 04 Oct 2011

City Property Prices Outperform Other Regions

The average value of a home in one of the UK's major cities is approximately seven per cent higher than those found outside urban areas...

Tuesday 04 Oct 2011

Conference Market Could Provide A Boost To Hotel Sector

With the hotel industry showing signs of growth - and investors once again expressing interest in hotels as an asset class - there are set to be many opportunities in the sector...

Monday 03 Oct 2011

England And Wales House Prices Fall

The value of residential real estate in England and Wales has dropped by 2.6 per cent since July this year, the latest figures released by the Land Registry show...

Friday 30 Sep 2011

Foreign Investors 'Not Deterred' By London Price Rises

Further increases in the value of residential property in London have been recorded in the Knight Frank Prime Central London Index, with the firm attributing this to the uncertainty in the eurozone and the wider global economy....

Thursday 29 Sep 2011

Student Accommodation 'Can Be A Lucrative Investment'

There are great opportunities for those entering the student property market, one expert has noted, pointing out that despite tuition fee increases, demand is unlikely to fall...

Thursday 29 Sep 2011

Property Market Confidence "Fragile"

Professionals in the real estate industry are not overly upbeat about the sector's prospects, a new survey has found...

Tuesday 27 Sep 2011

House Prices 'Have Held Up Well'

The value of residential real estate in the UK has held up better than may have been expected at the beginning of the financial downturn...

Tuesday 27 Sep 2011

Long Term Property Investment 'Offers Good Returns'

Investors looking for somewhere secure to put their money should consider entering the property market, it has been claimed...

Monday 26 Sep 2011

Foreign Students 'Buoy University Accommodation Market'

With tuition fee increases set to come into force at universities across the UK from September 2012, investors in student property may be wondering just how their assets will perform...

Monday 26 Sep 2011

Average Hotel Room Prices Climb In September

The average price being charged for an overnight stay in a hotel in one of Europe's top 20 cities has risen in September compared to August, the trivago Hotel Price Index has shown...

Friday 23 Sep 2011

Yields Harden In Leisure Sector

There has been a shift in prime yields among real estate assets in the UK leisure market, according to the latest commercial leisure bulletin from Savills...

Wednesday 21 Sep 2011

Importance Of Property Investor Market 'Must Be Recognised'

Significant changes to the dynamics of the real estate sector across the board - from development and construction to investment - need to be recognised and acted upon, a new report has claimed...

Monday 19 Sep 2011

Average UK Rents Rise

According to the latest figures published in the monthly HomeLet Rental Index, average rents across the UK increased during August, compared to July, to now stand at GBP 791 per month...

Friday 16 Sep 2011

'Varied Picture' For UK Rents

Although average rents in the UK increased during July, there are some areas of the country that registered a decline in the amount tenants have to pay for their homes...

Friday 16 Sep 2011

UK Housing Market Dips In August

Economic uncertainty is weighing on the property market in the UK, the latest survey carried out by the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS) shows...

Thursday 15 Sep 2011

London Property Investment Hotspots Revealed

Several areas of central London have been identified by Knight Frank as offering excellent real estate investment opportunities...

Tuesday 13 Sep 2011

UK Property 'Still A Safe Haven For Investors'

A new report published by Savills has noted that investors consider the UK property market - and London in particular - to be a "safe haven" in times of economic uncertainty...

Monday 12 Sep 2011

RICS: Sustainability Important For Commercial Property Investors

The sustainability of commercial property is set to become an increasingly important factor that investors will need to consider when they are looking at the mid to long-term returns a particular asset can offer....

Monday 12 Sep 2011

Student Housing Market 'To Become Polarised'

Changes to the fees structure for universities around the UK will result in a polarisation of the prospects for investment in student accommodation...

Friday 09 Sep 2011

Investors Focusing On Prime Retail Portfolios

Retail property investment companies are building up their portfolios with prime assets at the expense of secondary locations, it has been revealed...

Friday 09 Sep 2011

London 'In Demand' Among Global Investors

Businesses and global investors alike are drawn to property in the centre of the UK's capital because it is "one of the most desirable destinations in the world", according to one real estate expert...

Thursday 08 Sep 2011

Investors Drawn To European Prime Commercial Property

Transaction volumes in the commercial real estate sector continued on their upward course during the first half of the year, beating the first six months of 2010 by around eight per cent...

Thursday 08 Sep 2011

UK House Prices Fall Slightly

House prices in the UK dropped marginally in August compared to July, according to the latest figures released by Nationwide. The company's index of home values in the country registered a 0.6 per cent fall...

Monday 05 Sep 2011

Global Residential Property Prices 'Stagnant'

The latest figures published in the Knight Frank Global House Price Index for the second quarter of the year indicate that growth in capital values has stalled...

Monday 05 Sep 2011

Foreign Investors 'Important' To London Property Market

Since the recession, real estate investment by foreigners has become an increasingly important part of London's property sector, one expert has claimed...

Friday 02 Sep 2011

Grant Shapps and the Housing Massive

The past few days has prompted a lot of hype surrounding the UK housing market which in turn has led to no end of pontificating as to the future of home ownership in the UK and quite what to do about it...

Thursday 01 Sep 2011

Regional UK Property Prices 'Grow Faster Than London'

The price of real estate outside the UK's capital is growing quickly in major cities, new research has shown. According to a survey carried out, destinations such as Sheffield, Bristol, Greater Manchester and Cardiff all saw property values rise...

Thursday 01 Sep 2011

Prices May Fall Due To Distressed Asset Sales

An increase in the number of distressed commercial real estate assets for sale in the UK could result in values falling rather than rising...

Thursday 01 Sep 2011

Real Estate 'A Safe Haven' In Times Of Economic Turmoil?

Following the announcement earlier this month that Standard and Poor's had downgraded the US's credit rating from its AAA status to AA+, global markets tumbled, with billions of dollars wiped off the price of stocks and shares around the world...

Thursday 01 Sep 2011

Investors 'Increasingly Interested' In Distressed Property

Demand for distressed property rose significantly around the world during the second quarter of the year, the latest research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shows...

Friday 26 Aug 2011

European Hotel Market Posts Strong Results

The latest figures published by STR Global have shown that the European hotel industry posted growth during July when compared to the same month last year...

Friday 26 Aug 2011

Property 'Should Not Be Affected By Stock Markets'

The property sector should not be affected in the same way as stocks and shares as a result of global economic issues...

Thursday 25 Aug 2011

Real Estate 'Outperforms Other Investments'

People who have ploughed their money into real estate assets are likely to find that this class has outperformed other sectors in terms of the return generated on the initial outlay...

Thursday 25 Aug 2011

Banks 'To Dispose Of Distressed Stock Slowly'

Financial institutions in the UK will sell off the assets in their distressed property loan books gradually...

Wednesday 24 Aug 2011

Investors Turn To London Due To Strong Exchange Rates

Strong foreign exchange rates are just one of the reasons that international property investors are looking for assets in the UK capital's prime areas...

Wednesday 24 Aug 2011

Investors 'Looking Outside London'

Locations in the north of England are attracting attention from property investors keen to establish a portfolio relatively quickly, it has been claimed...

Tuesday 23 Aug 2011

The Changing Face Of REITs

Real estate investment trusts - or REITs - were first introduced to the UK in 2007. Initially, they could only be established with commercial properties. But earlier this year, that all started to change...

Monday 22 Aug 2011

German Property Market 'Robust'

Germany's property investment market is considered to be "stable and prosperous" among investors, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has revealed...

Monday 22 Aug 2011

Capital Growth Recorded For London Offices

London office space is one of the few areas of the commercial property industry in the UK to have experienced capital growth during July compared to June...

Wednesday 17 Aug 2011

High End North Surrey Property Attracting Buyers

Property in North Surrey valued at more than four million GBP has been popular among international buyers over the past few months...

Tuesday 16 Aug 2011

Central London Office Market 'Remains Positive'

New research published by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has revealed that the central London office market helped buoy the rest of the sector in the UK after a further positive month in July...

Monday 15 Aug 2011

Retail Investors 'Focus On Germany'

Investment activity in the retail property sector in Europe has been concentrated on Germany, Poland, Russia and countries in the Nordic region...

Friday 12 Aug 2011

London's Hotels 'Best Performing In Europe'

Hotels in London have outperformed the rest of Europe, according to the latest data published by Knight Frank. The organisation explained that the weak pound in conjunction with a "relatively restricted supply" of rooms has helped boost the sector...

Friday 12 Aug 2011

Could Riots Affect London Property Values?

Some commentators in the real estate investment arena have suggested that the rioting experienced in London and elsewhere in the country this week could have a negative effect on the sector...

Friday 12 Aug 2011

Average Rents Rise In The UK

The average rent for properties in the UK increased in July by 2.2 per cent over June to stand at GBP 767 per month, the HomeLet Rental Index has revealed...

Tuesday 09 Aug 2011

Hong Kong Tops Prime Global Cities Index

Prime real estate assets in Hong Kong have experienced the highest annual growth rate - reaching 16.1 per cent - in the second quarter of this year...

Tuesday 09 Aug 2011

Foreign Investors 'See London As Safe'

London real estate is regarded as a safe haven by many international investors, it has been noted, with a large proportion believing the UK's capital is a good place "to park their money during a volatile economic environment"...

Thursday 04 Aug 2011

"Strong Case" For London Property Investment

There are several reasons to invest in real estate in London at present, one expert has claimed, noting that the Olympic Games is helping to drive interest among international investors...

Thursday 04 Aug 2011

Strong Performance From London Hotels

London hoteliers recorded a strong performance in June, making it the 19th consecutive month that such businesses in the capital saw profitability rise year-on-year...

Tuesday 02 Aug 2011

London's Property Recovery 'Should Help Other UK Locations'

Improvements in London's commercial property market should filter through to other locations around the country, it has been claimed...

Tuesday 02 Aug 2011

London Commercial Property 'Outperforming UK Average'

The commercial property sector in London has continued to perform well, despite many other regions in the UK failing to keep up with the capital...

Monday 01 Aug 2011

UK House Prices 'Flat'

There has been no change in the value of residential property in the UK between May and June of this year, the latest data from the Land Registry shows...

Monday 01 Aug 2011

Leisure Sector 'Sees Increased Investor Demand'

A new report by Savills into the state of the UK's leisure sector has noted that there has been a sharp upturn in investor demand for assets in the industry...

Thursday 28 Jul 2011

London Property Market 'Driven By International Investors'

International buyers are the driving force behind the real estate sector in London...

Thursday 28 Jul 2011

European REITs' Performance Surpasses that of US Counterparts

According to the FTSE EPRA/Nareit index European REITs returned 7.89% in the first half of this year, while American REITs returned 0.76% during the same period...

Wednesday 27 Jul 2011

Olympic Games Boosts UK Property Values

Real estate located in areas near Olympic venues in Britain has seen values rise more sharply than in other regions of the UK...

Tuesday 26 Jul 2011

Investors 'Showing Interest' In UK Property

Interest from overseas investors looking for UK property investment opportunities is on the rise...

Tuesday 26 Jul 2011

Investors View London As 'Safe'

Investors are seeking out property in London because they see the UK's capital as a safe place to put their money...

Monday 25 Jul 2011

Prospects For Investment In Student Accommodation

Student property may not be the first investment category that springs to mind when considering real estate in the UK, but figures indicate that this could be a highly lucrative sector for investors to enter....

Monday 25 Jul 2011

Investment Opportunities in London Commercial Property

London commercial property is a good sector for investors to target, a new report has claimed. Henderson Global Investor's property research team noted that there are opportunities for growth...

Friday 22 Jul 2011

EMEA Hotel Investment Volumes Rise

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has experienced a significant increase in hotel investment volumes during the first half of the year...

Thursday 21 Jul 2011

Could Retail Space Tempt Investors?

Land Securities has noted in its first quarter interim management statement that activity surrounding retail developments is beginning to pick up...

Thursday 21 Jul 2011

Could Investors Find Opportunities in European Offices?

The supply of office space in major European cities is expected to be restricted over the coming 12 months due to a lack of new construction starts...

Wednesday 20 Jul 2011

Prime London Property Prices 'Expected to Rise'

The value of properties located in prime central London locations are expected to rise over the course of the year, according to Savills...

Tuesday 19 Jul 2011

Recovery Expected for Regional Property Markets

Regional property markets should see more investor interest over the coming months, it has been noted, with one expert in real estate investment explaining...

Tuesday 19 Jul 2011

Property Investors 'Can Find Opportunities In All UK Regions'

Those for whom it is not practical to invest in property in London will not be missing out on high returns by looking more regionally...

Monday 18 Jul 2011

Rental Property Demand Outstripping Supply, Says Arla

Demand for rental properties is far outweighing the number of residences on the market for let, a new report by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA)...

Monday 18 Jul 2011

Govt Stats Reveal May Property Price Falls

New figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government have shown that the average UK house price dropped in May...

Friday 15 Jul 2011

How The Buy to Let Market Is Manipulated

Apparently the number of Buy to Let mortgage products has risen by 35% over the last quarter...

Friday 15 Jul 2011

PwC: UK Property Prices To Remain Low Until 2020

A new report from one of the biggest financial services companies in the UK has predicted that property investors could see house prices remain subdued for the remainder of the decade...

Thursday 14 Jul 2011

RICS: UK Property Market Flat In June

A lack of growth in buyer demand combined with a drop in supply led to the UK property market staying flat in June...

Wednesday 13 Jul 2011

Report Details Positive Outlook For UK Hotel Investment

The European hotel investment market looks set to continue its recovery in 2011...

Monday 11 Jul 2011

Prime London Rents 'Will Grow Further'

Rents for prime London real estate have increased by ten per cent in the past year, new research shows, with this trend set to continue according to analysts...

Monday 11 Jul 2011

Small Fall Recorded in UK House Prices

House prices in the UK recorded a drop of 0.5 per cent during the second quarter of the year...

Friday 08 Jul 2011

Average Rents Increase Across the UK

Average rental values across the UK have risen in June compared to May, as well as exhibiting a year-on-year increase, new data shows...

Friday 08 Jul 2011

'Mixed Picture' for UK's Commercial Property Market

The latest data published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed that the UK's commercial property sector is experiencing mixed success...

Thursday 07 Jul 2011

UK Housing Minister Grant Shapps Gets Matey

Mr Shapps, despite being the UK Housing Minister seems to have overlooked the fact that "Mates Mortgages" already exist...

Thursday 07 Jul 2011

Central London Property Prices Rise in June

Property values in Central London increased in June by 0.9 per cent, according to the latest figures from Knight Frank...

Wednesday 06 Jul 2011

UK House Prices 'Unchanged'

The latest house price index from Nationwide has revealed that residential property values in the UK were unchanged in June compared to May this year...

Monday 04 Jul 2011

Landlords Report Rise in Rental Income

Nearly one-third (29 per cent) of landlords in the UK stated that rental income increased during the second quarter of this year...

Monday 04 Jul 2011

Hong Kong Office Market 'Rebounds Quickly'

The office market in Hong Kong recovered more quickly from the economic downturn than its counterparts in New York and London...

Friday 01 Jul 2011

Returns Up From Regeneration Properties

There has been a significant improvement in the returns available on regeneration property in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to the latest research...

Thursday 30 Jun 2011

India and China "a Good Bet" for Investors

Infrastructure, particularly in India and China, could prove to be a good investment, director at The Motley Fool (fool.co.uk) David Kuo has claimed...

Thursday 30 Jun 2011

Investors 'Turning to Property and Infrastructure'

An increasing number of investors are looking at the property and infrastructure sectors to bolster their portfolios, an executive at Deutsche Bank's alternative asset management division - now known as RREEF - has revealed...

Tuesday 28 Jun 2011

Investment Prospects in UK Buy to Let

Investors that are able to access financing for Buy to Let deals in the UK could find that they are in a strong position...

Tuesday 28 Jun 2011

Profitability Up for London Hotels

Hotels in London experienced a 17 per cent increase in their profitability in May, compared with the same month in 2010, new figures have revealed...

Monday 27 Jun 2011

UK Prosperous Regions See Substantial House Price Hikes

Economically prosperous areas of the UK have experienced significant house price rises over the past decade, new figures have shown, which could be good news for anyone with property investments in locations such as London, Liverpool, Belfast and Edinburgh....

Thursday 23 Jun 2011

Capital Values Now Increasing Across European Non Listed Funds

Despite increasing investment, capital values are now increasing in the European commercial property market, having stagnated in the last 4 quarters...

Thursday 23 Jun 2011

Interest Up in Middle Eastern Property Markets

Property markets in the Middle East enjoyed a 15 per cent increase in investment activity in the first three months of the year, new figures from Cushman and Wakefield have revealed...

Tuesday 21 Jun 2011

Higher Rents 'Good News' for Property Investors

Average rents for properties around the UK increased in May, new research has shown. The latest Buy to Let Index from LSL Property Services revealed that rents rose by 0.05 per cent in May to reach an average of 696 GBP....

Tuesday 21 Jun 2011

New Builds To Drive Demand in UK Property Market

Not too long ago, the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR) released a report estimating that the UK is facing a "growing housing crisis". The organisation estimated that by 2025 there will be a shortfall of 750,000 homes in the country....

Monday 20 Jun 2011

New UK Property Developments Decline, Research Shows

New research has found that the value of UK residential construction starts was 31 per cent lower in the three months to May than a year previous, highlighting the struggling position of the country's housing recovery...

Friday 17 Jun 2011

London Property Continues to Attract Overseas Buyers

As the London property market continues to comfortably outperform the rest of the UK, a growing number of wealthy overseas investors are purchasing real estate in the capital, the Evening Standard reports....

Thursday 16 Jun 2011

Interest Rate Rises Would Dent UK Property Market Recovery

While the Bank of England's decision to keep interest rates at a record low 0.5 per cent has not come as a surprise to many, it could lead to an unbalancing of the country's real estate market in the long-term...

Monday 13 Jun 2011

Property Rents Set for 8-10% Increases in Central London

London continues to lead the UK property market as the year continues and tenants in the English capital have been warned to brace themselves for rent increases of between eight and ten per cent this year....

Thursday 09 Jun 2011

Regional Differences Exist in UK Property Rentals

Earlier this month, research from Halifax suggested that Britain is increasingly becoming a nation of renters, with the high costs involved with buying a home acting as a barrier to property market entry in the country....

Thursday 09 Jun 2011

All Go for Commercial Property Investment

Commercial property investment, in its various forms is a better bet now than it has been for years, and especially than it was during the boom...

Friday 03 Jun 2011

Brits Targeted by Malaysian Second Home Scheme

UK buyers are the target for the Malaysian My Second Home (MM2H) programme, it has been revealed. The Malaysian tourism minister, Dr Ng Yen Yen, has claimed that as globalisation makes the world more accessible, more Brits are expected to travel further to expand their property portfolios....

Friday 03 Jun 2011

Zoopla Releases Britain's Property Rich List

Kensington, W8, is the most expensive neighbourhood in the UK to live, with average house prices in the London borough coming in at almost GBP 1.75 million. Britain's Property Rich List 2011, released by Zoopla....

Friday 03 Jun 2011

Student Accommodation Strong Enough to Survive

Students have been getting a raw deal as of late. Rising tuition fees, reduced investment in the sector, mass demonstrations and planned teacher walkouts have all contributed towards various commentators and media outlets alike venting their frustration about what the future holds....

Thursday 02 Jun 2011

Commercial Property Sales Activity Up

Total sales figures for European commercial property activity hit EUR 28.5 billion in the first three months of the year, up 45 per cent compared to the same period one year ago....

Wednesday 01 Jun 2011

UK Holiday Home Property Offers Attractive Yields

Holiday home investment is an area which has been growing in popularity over the past few years. The onset of the economic crisis and subsequent rise of the staycation meant that the UK's tourism sector enjoyed a welcome boost...

Wednesday 01 Jun 2011

London Enjoys Property Price Rises

London continues to lead the way in terms of UK house prices, with a 33 per cent increase in values since March 2009. Prime real estate values in the city climbed once again during May, up 1.4 per cent...

Wednesday 01 Jun 2011

European Property Markets Returning to Growth, DTZ Reports

Invested stock increased by four per cent in 2010, indicating that European property markets have finally turned the corner. The growth, as reported in DTZ's flagship Money into Property 2011 report....

Tuesday 31 May 2011

Asian Buyers Snapping Up London Property

The London property market is booming. Recent indices have suggested that as the rest of the UK's real estate sector stagnates and splutters toward recovery, the English capital is racing ahead in terms of sales, stability and capital growth...

Friday 27 May 2011

Property is the Investment of Choice

Uncertainty in a number of commodities markets has pushed property once again to the forefront of investors' minds...

Thursday 26 May 2011

RICS Predictions Positive on Commercial Property Outlook

The latest Global Commercial Property Survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (UK) is positive on the prospects for growth in many global markets...

Thursday 26 May 2011

Hotel Industry Enjoys Resurgence Post Crisis

Recent research has suggested that the European hotel industry is showing steady signs of growth in the wake of the global economic crisis...

Wednesday 25 May 2011

US Still Popular with Overseas Property Buyers

A new report has highlighted the popularity of the US as a property investment destination for foreign buyers. International purchases shot up USD 16 billion this year...

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Global Real Estate Markets Full of Potential

The global real estate market has been given an upbeat forecast, with both developed and emerging markets said to be offering investors the potential to collect healthy returns...

Wednesday 25 May 2011

UK Property Companies Report Improved Conditions

Confidence among property investors is climbing, with shares in UK-listed property companies returning strong results over the past year....

Tuesday 24 May 2011

UK Commercial Property Debt Falls

The level of debt secured against UK commercial property has fallen from in excess of GBP 300 billion to about GBP 293 billion in 2010...

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Buy to Let: The Beast With Two Backs?

Buy to Let has been haunting the UK press with much gusto in recent months for many reasons. Mortgage lenders have been citing a rise in lending and subsequently new mortgage products in a bid to "cope" with rising demand in the arena...

Friday 20 May 2011

London Residential Property Posts Strong Growth

Prime central London properties have risen in value by GBP 767 every day over the past year, research from Knight Frank has found...

Thursday 19 May 2011

Commercial Property Investments Continue to Bring Improving Returns

The recovery is severely fragmented, with some countries seeing capital growth, some seeing incomes increase, and almost all seeing rents either stagnant or falling. One thing that is nearly constant however is a strong growth in investment returns...

Wednesday 18 May 2011

UK Commercial Property Values Rise in April

Despite UK commercial property values rising 0.1 per cent in April, the market's rebound from the global financial crisis has slowed, Reuters reported...

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Demand for Rental Property 'Strong'

Investment in buy to let properties appears to be holding up in the UK, according to recent comments from one mortgage expert...

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Commercial Property Remains a Solid Investment

Property investors have been told that location should not be their primary reason for making a purchase. Instead, buyers have been told to focus on income, illiquidity and transaction costs, the Financial Times Advisor reports....

Friday 13 May 2011

British Real Estate Investors Left Reeling by Exchange Rates

British property buyers are finding that the falling value of sterling is having a profound impact on their incomes...

Friday 13 May 2011

Buy-to-let Proves Popular with UK House Buyers

Britain's buy-to-let sector has been experiencing a turnaround in fortunes of late, with landlords taking advantage of a drop in house values and low interest rates...

Thursday 12 May 2011

Most Global Commercial Property Markets to see Growth

While the traditionally strong property markets of Latin America and Asia are performing well, emerging markets are continuing to post further improvements....

Wednesday 11 May 2011

UK Investment Leads MENA Region, JLL Reports

As various reports suggest that commercial markets around the world are beginning to see an upturn in activity, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has revealed that direct commercial real estate investment in the UK reached GBP 8 billion in the first three months of 2011....

Monday 09 May 2011

London Leads UK Commercial Recovery

London continues to be the leading light in the UK's commercial real estate revival, with new figures showing that investment in the sector increased by 34 per cent year-on-year in the first three months of 2011...

Monday 09 May 2011

UK Property Market Not Set for Spring Boost, Analyst Claims

Current global economic conditions mean that it is highly unlikely that there will be any significant improvements in the property market in the near future. This is the opinion of Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank....

Friday 06 May 2011

Global Property Investment Volumes to Soar, JLL Says

Some USD 440 billion is expected to be transacted across global real estate markets this year, according to the latest forecast by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). If reached, the figure will be the highest amount reached since 2007....

Friday 06 May 2011

Risk Averse Buyers Favour UK Commercial Property

As international investors become more risk averse, many buyers are finding that the UK commercial market is increasingly attractive. Savills claims that global investors have been showing a lot more interest in the asset class in recent months, with prime property proving the most popular purchase....

Friday 06 May 2011

European Real Estate Volumes Record Strong Growth

Demand for real estate within Europe remains high, with Jones Lang LaSalle reporting that the first three months of the year saw transactions climb 48 per cent compared to the same period of 2010...

Thursday 05 May 2011

London Remains a Lucrative Hotel Market

London has emerged as one of the most lucrative cities for those considering making a hotel investment, the latest data suggests. Looking at the trivago Hotel Price Index, buyers will note that the metropolis remains one of Europe's best bets as hotel rates in the capital rose by ten per cent in the last month alone...

Thursday 05 May 2011

Property Market Found Alive and Well

After a couple of jolly busy weeks, what with the barrage of Easter egg hunts, followed by a series of Royal knees-ups, and of course hunting down Osama Bin Laden, there has been little space in the news for anything really relating to property at all...

Tuesday 03 May 2011

London Attracting Increased Property Investment

Commercial real estate transaction in London for 2010 totalled GBP 9.9 billion, new statistics have revealed. The figure represents an increase of around a third compared to the previous year, Cushman and Wakefield has revealed....

Friday 29 Apr 2011

International Buyers set to Boost UK Property Market

A growth in the number of international buyers active in the UK property market is expected to bolster the region's real estate market, it has been suggested. Despite being hit hard by the recent financial crisis, the sector is expected to recover strongly...

Thursday 28 Apr 2011

Buy To Let Investors Ousting First Time Buyers

A growing number of buy-to-let investors are looking to take advantage of current UK property market conditions...

Thursday 28 Apr 2011

Property Investor Confidence High, Survey Finds

Confidence in real estate both in the UK and abroad remains high, with 56 per cent of individuals questioned by the Worldwide Property Group believing that now is a good time to buy overseas...

Wednesday 27 Apr 2011

Albania Leads Balkan Nation Recovery

Albania is currently leading the way in terms of economic recovery among the Western Balkan nations. This is according to the latest figures from the EC Economic and Financial Affairs Department's Candidate and Pre-Accession Countries Economic Quarterly Report Q4 2010...

Tuesday 26 Apr 2011

European Retail Property Investments Outperform Commercial Market

Investment in European retail property has hit its highest level for three years, with the asset class clearly outperforming other sectors within the region's commercial real estate market...

Tuesday 26 Apr 2011

UK Farmland Reaches New Record High

UK farmland continues to offer investors some of the best prospects on the market. Knight Frank has reported that the asset class was the best-performing in the first three months of the year, with values reaching record highs....

Thursday 21 Apr 2011

Investors Eye Mediterranean Property Markets

A growing number of UK property investors are looking at the opportunities available to them in Mediterranean markets, new research has suggested...

Tuesday 19 Apr 2011

UK Commercial Values Post 20th Month of Growth

Commercial property values in the UK continued to post steady growth in March, with the latest index revealing that they rose 0.3 per cent nationwide...

Monday 18 Apr 2011

UK Farmland Values Climb to All-Time High

UK farmland has continued to be one of the best-performing asset classes so far this year, with demand far outstripping supply. Farmland values in the country have climbed to an all-time high during the first quarter of 2011 and now stand at GBP 7,900 per acre....

Thursday 14 Apr 2011

UK Commercial Property Market Picks Up in March

Last month saw a distinct pick up in performance within all three of the main commercial property sectors in the UK. Total returns from the sector were 1.2 per cent and capital value growth was 0.7 per cent, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) reports....

Wednesday 13 Apr 2011

Buy to Let | Relax, Don't Do It!

This week, the next big thing in the UK property investment world would appear to be buy to let - again. Having obviously not learnt from the last hype and furor that Buy to Let caused, the pr gurus of the world seem hell-bent on making us believe it's "ripe for a comeback"

Thursday 07 Apr 2011

Real Estate is Best Investment, Survey Says

Despite the impact of the recession and financial crisis on the UK property market, many individuals remain confident that real estate is the best investment that they can make...

Tuesday 05 Apr 2011

Tighter Lending will have Short-Term Impact in UK

Despite lenders introducing tighter conditions, the UK housing market will only see a temporary drop in activity, Bank of England policymaker David Miles has claimed. Monthly approvals for mortgages have fallen..

Tuesday 05 Apr 2011

Commercial Property Investment in Europe Predicted to Grow

Now, in Europe we have commercial properties being sold at severely depressed prices, especially malls, and especially in those countries mired by the sovereign debt crisis.

Saturday 02 Apr 2011

European Retail Property Market Grows 60% y-o-y

A significant surge by investors for prime, good quality retail property saw the sector post a 60 per cent year-on-year increase in capital during 2010, the latest figures from CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) have revealed....

Friday 01 Apr 2011

Investing in UK Retirement Homes

As property indices around the world indicate that commercial markets are beginning to return to strength, investors are increasingly looking to take advantage of the opportunities this presents. Recovery is set to continue, led primarily by improving economic conditions in traditional countries and strong growth in emerging markets....

Friday 01 Apr 2011

Retail in London Best Investment Option

Retail property in central London is regarded as one of the best investment options, according to the Colliers International Real Estate Capital Pricing Survey...

Friday 01 Apr 2011

Stamp Duty and the Death of the First Time Buyer

The change in Stamp Duty, whilst positive for the larger investor and institutional buyer, is basically the death-knell for aspiring home owners under the age of 45...

Tuesday 29 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

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

The Escher Effect on the Mortgage Market

As a rule I personally tend to largely steer clear of politics for a several reasons. Firstly, because I am not a politician, it doesn't really matter what I think, if a change is made in parliament there is little I can do about it...

Thursday 24 Mar 2011

IPIN UK Market update | March 2011

A question and answer session with Eric Jafari, CEO of IPIN’s acquisitions partner, BridgePoint Ventures, regarding recent developments in the construction finance sector - from both the private investors point of view, and institutional financiers.

Thursday 24 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

Are the World's Great Cities Becoming Separate from the Rest?

The world has been forever changed by the first and worst international financial crisis since World War II and World War I before it. One of the main differences is that in the wake of the crisis, emerging markets are becoming dominant in the global economy.

Tuesday 22 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

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

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

Real Estate Investment Trusts and Funds to See Strong 2011

Experts are predicting that 2011 will be a strong year for Real Estate Investment Trusts, (REITs) and particularly for those running Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).

Friday 18 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

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

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

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

Industrial real estate investment up 28%

Investment in European industrial real estate rose by 28 per cent in terms of volume last year according to JLL's European Industrial Markets Spring 2011 research report....

Monday 14 Mar 2011

Global Recovery Set to be Occupier Led

Recovery across the worlds' property markets in 2011 is set to continue, with improving performance driven primarily by occupier markets, according to a new report by Cushman and Wakefield. Unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes, the forecast notes that an increasing focus on the occupier will be a core characteristic within the sector...

Friday 11 Mar 2011

Lenders to Become More Restrictive, CBRE Says

The European real estate debt market will continue to tighten in the coming year, as lenders adopt a cautious outlook and become more selective in who they lend to. According to CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), credit will become more difficult to attain....

Wednesday 09 Mar 2011

200% surge in UK residential property in last decade

UK residential property has soared in value by almost 200 per cent over the past decade, new research has indicated. The asset class has been the second best-performing over the past ten years, with an increase in value of 198 per cent, according to Lloyds TSB....

Wednesday 09 Mar 2011

Below Market Value Property Investments

Below market value (or BMV as it has become known) has always been the coveted golden chalice for most investors over the years - the very idea that one can invest in a "bargain" investment for less than it is worth and theoretically gain an instant profit in the process...

Wednesday 09 Mar 2011

Geographical Differences Exist in European Recovery

There are major geographical differences in Europe's residential property markets, according to the findings of the new European Housing Review 2011. Published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), it notes that many countries have seen improvements....

Tuesday 08 Mar 2011

Regenerating Bradford Ripe for Investment

Bradford is overdue for regeneration, and now it is finally happening; the often overlooked northern city is currently undergoing a 3 billion GDP facelift. It is widely expected that the regeneration...

Tuesday 08 Mar 2011

Office Property Dominates Inter-Regional Investment

Office property continues to make up the largest proportion of inter-regional investment around the world, with 58 per cent of all transactions for that asset class....

Monday 07 Mar 2011

Full Recovery Will Be Drawn Out Process in Europe

Despite positive signs, it will be a while before all Europe's housing markets return to full strength, with large disparities present between countries....

Friday 04 Mar 2011

Foreign Buyers Snapping Up London Property

Over the past year, a total of 61 different nationalities have purchased property in London, according to the latest figures from estate agents Knight Frank.The fastest growing nationalities were buyers from Spain and Uzbekistan, the consultancy said....

Wednesday 02 Mar 2011

UK Banks Report Decline in Commercial Property Lending

A decline in European commercial property values has led to a reduction in the level of real estate lending of the UK´s four largest banks, new figures show. Bloomberg reports that the financial houses cut back on lending for commercial real estate by a combined GBP 17....

Wednesday 02 Mar 2011

UK Farmland Prices Soar

A lack of supply of good quality land in the UK has caused land values in the country to soar, with farmland prices reaching an all-time high in the last half of 2010.This is according to the latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), which noted that on average there was an increase of six per cent in land values....

Tuesday 01 Mar 2011

International Investors Spend Big in London

International property investors have bought more than 800 million GBP worth of London real estate sold at exhibitions in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong in 2010, it has been revealed...

Saturday 26 Feb 2011

UK Hoteliers Confident About 2011

Despite the recent VAT increase and the implementation of various austerity measures expected to stifle consumer spending, hoteliers in the UK remain confident about their performance this year....

Friday 25 Feb 2011

15 Facts That Decide Your House Price

I don't think anyone will disagree with the fact that the UK housing market is in a bit of a pickle at the moment - from almost every angle. Right now, there are a few facts to consider which I am going to cover in a bid to outline why the UK property market is having the problems it is, how they might be corrected at the moment and how they might be avoided in the future.

Friday 25 Feb 2011

Interest in UK Farmland Property Increases

Over the past three years, investors with agricultural property in their portfolio have found that their assets have topped the investment performance league in the UK....

Thursday 24 Feb 2011

Long-Term Prospects Positive for UK Market

Weak employment prospects, the rising cost of living and pay freezes across the UK are likely to contribute to the real estate market declining slightly over the course of this year, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) claims....