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Central London office occupiers are vacating space at a record rate, according to analysis by Seaforth Land that suggests the cost of Brexit on the market has run to 6.2m sq ft so far.
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Hotel investment volumes in the United Kingdom have seen a 28% increase over the year to date, according to JLL.
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Investment in UK student accommodation is set to top last year’s levels despite a fall in university applications, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest forecast.
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Dalian Wanda has pulled out of a deal to buy the £470m Nine Elms Square development site in the wake of intense scrutiny from the Chinese government of its overseas investment activity.
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New guidelines from China’s government placing overseas real estate investment on a “restriction list” are expected to further impede Chinese investment in the UK property market.
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A private Hong Kong investor has acquired 70 Gracechurch Street in the City of London for £285m.
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University towns can suffer from what the tabloids call “studentification”, which irks locals. But, in fact, a student population boosts the local economy, especially the private rented sector, writes Lawrence Higgins
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One of the benefits for developers of converting office buildings under permitted development rights (PDR) is that they are not subject to the same space standards that apply to new-build schemes.
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Prices in the prime central London land market may have finally bottomed out, according to new research from Knight Frank.
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Last year saw the globalisation of the rapidly maturing proptech sector.
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The IPF consensus forecasts for rental growth and capital value growth this year have improved - but forecasts for total returns next year and the year after have weakened.
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London remains the most sought after destination for retailers wanting to expand their operations, according to research by CBRE.
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Take-up in central London offices was up 92% month-on-month in February 2017 to 1m sq ft
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Irvine Sellar, the developer behind the Shard, died yesterday morning after a short illness aged 82.
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Buyers from the Middle East are increasingly being tempted to invest in UK commercial property, even as buyers from other regions cut back.
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The number of homes Barratt Developments built in London in the second half of 2016 plummeted almost 60% from 842 during the same period in 2015 to just 367, the company has admitted.
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As evidenced by three Fizzy Living schemes falling through as a result of the stamp duty surcharge, government changes are hitting buy-to-let (BTL) investors hard.
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The latest monthly data from the Land Registry has shown house prices in the United Kingdom rose by 6.7% year on year.
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Foxtons has warned earnings for 2016 are set to plummet 46% in a trading update to the stock exchange.
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The property industry is still remarkably upbeat despite the market slowdown since the EU referendum, according to this year’s Smith & Williamson survey
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Investment in UK property will slow down next year before bouncing back in 2018, according to CBRE’s annual outlook report.
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China’s proposed changes for the rules governing overseas investment are likely to fuel appetite for UK assets from Hong Kong-based investors and could have a significant impact on the property market.
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The government is looking to attract £5bn of foreign investment for 13 major development projects in the North of England that were identified ahead of a visit from China’s vice-premier this week.
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Property funds for retail investors had their best month of capital inflows so far this year in September.
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UK cities have fallen sharply down the ranking of most attractive markets in the Urban Land Institute and PwC’s Emerging Trends in European Real Estate report with London now just one place ahead of Istanbul.
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Plans for three new Thames river crossings are expected to provide a major boost for residential development in east London.
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Houses are taking longer to sell, with the average property on the market for a month longer than was the case four years ago, according to a report by the Post Office.
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Student accommodation is proving a draw for international investors, despite the uncertainty over future levels of EU students following the Brexit vote
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Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust, CBRE Global Investors and Standard Life are among those looking at buying office buildings in various European cities, amid expectations finance companies will relocate from London as a result of Brexit.
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Nearly £2.8bn has been withdrawn from UK property funds since the start of the year, according to statistics from the Investment Association.
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Planning permission has been granted by the London Borough of Newham for 3,000 new homes at the Silvertown site in the Royal Docks.
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London has lost its crown as the property capital of the world to New York following a turbulent year that saw investment in the UK capital plummet.
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Prime London residential prices will close 9% down this year, Savills has predicted, because of the uncertainty around Brexit and changes to stamp duty.
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Shopping centre development is set to hit a four-year high in 2017, according to analysis by Cushman & Wakefield.
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Sales of distressed real estate are down 39% on the volume seen in Europe last year, according to research by Evercore Real Estate Portfolio Solutions.
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Peel Logistics has moved a step closer towards realising its ambition of becoming a big hitter in the sector after merging with industrial developer Evander Properties.
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It’s a numbers game. In recent years, one of the most successful submarkets in the UK has been student housing, which even weathered the global financial crisis pretty well.
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The industrial and logistics market is set to be hit by a slowdown in investment and a pause in much-needed speculative development as a result of uncertainty in the market following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
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The UK’s decision to leave Europe has had little discernible effect on UK house prices, according to the latest Nationwide house price index.
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The number of residential properties on letting agents’ books reached its highest level of the year in July.
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Landlords have started adding ‘Deliveroo clauses’ to turnover rent contracts for London restaurants, in response to the app’s growing popularity in the capital.
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Property funds for retail investors saw net outflows of £792m in July, according to data from the Investment Association.
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Real estate equities are to be reclassified next week in changes to global standards that are expected to attract billions in new investment to the sector.
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Persimmon shares surged 4.2% on Tuesday after it posted a 29% jump in half year pre-tax profits and said the EU referendum result had not stopped buyers.
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Investors took £470m from property funds in July, figures from data group Morningstar show.
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Housebuilders and property companies bucked a downward trend on the stock market on Monday.
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The government is readying a post-Brexit vote housing package that will provide billions of pounds to residential developers in an attempt to abate the housing crisis and stimulate the flagging economy.


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Activity levels in retail and leisure property in July dropped by 46% year-on-year, new research shows.
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UK house prices grew at their slowest rate in the last three years in July following the UK’s Brexit vote, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey.
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Investment the European commercial real estate market plummeted 12% in the first half of the year, according to new research from Cushman & Wakefield.
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Footfall was up at UK shopping centres and retail parks in July, according to research from the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC).
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Build to rent is finally blossoming, with more than 60,000 units in the pipeline, according to the British Property Federation.
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The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 both rose Thursday following the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25%.
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Capital values fell by 3.3% in July as the UK’s vote to leave the EU hit investor confidence, according to the latest CBRE Monthly Index.
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The record for the highest-ever retail rent on Oxford Street has been broken in a new deal with Polish cosmetics retailer Inglot, Property Week can reveal.
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Increased European retail park development is set to deliver 14m sq ft of new space by the end of the year, according to new research.
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Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) has reported their earnings per share fell 5.7% for second quarter compared to last year.
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A study into funds of funds has revealed the strongest returns to date notching up 18.7% annual returns, continuing the universe’s three-year growth trend.
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Property funds for retail investors suffered net outflows of £1.4bn in June, data from the Investment Association has shown.
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Housebuilders were among those hardest hit on Monday as weak economic data sent the FTSE 100 into retreat.
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Aberdeen Asset Management has relaxed the penalty imposed on investors seeking to withdraw cash from its property fund.
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The UK’s commercial property sector is far less indebted than it was on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis, which should limit the damage caused by a drop in values.
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Hedge funds are looking to profit from falling shares in commercial property companies by taking out large short positions following the EU referendum.
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UK property funds have already lined up disposals worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and could end up flooding the market with up to £5bn of assets – as investors race to pull their money out following the EU referendum.
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Aviva Investors has suspended dealing on its £1.8bn property fund, becoming the second asset manager to do so in less than 24 hours.
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Britain’s top shares fell back from a 10-month high Monday as weaker property and housebuilding stocks weighed on the market and halted its rebound from its Brexit slump.
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Standard Life Investments has suspended trading in its UK property fund blaming “exceptional market circumstances” following the EU referendum result.
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Real estate companies watched their shares plummet this morning as the City reacted to the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
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A Brexit could spark a sharp fall in house prices over the next two years, according to a survey undertaken by Property Week.
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The number of central London offices under construction has risen by more than a quarter in the past six months.
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The value of UK property fell a fraction in the first quarter of 2016, with retail investments taking the biggest hit, according to MSCI‘s IPD UK Quarterly Property Index.
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Central London office deal volumes more than halved in the first quarter as the number of UK institutional buyers fell to a trickle, new data from Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has revealed.
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The developer of Battersea Power Station is holding back nearly a third of the apartments in phase three of the scheme, as a downturn in the prime London residential market hits sales.
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Growth among private housebuilders is slowing – and the uncertainty of the upcoming EU referendum is partly to blame, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has warned.
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Three international luxury hotel brands are vying to operate Qatari Diar’s redevelopment of the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, W1.
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UK investment volumes have plunged by a third this year as the bull run enjoyed for the past five years fades.
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A stamp duty increase for investors and second home buyers has contributed to a slowdown in the central London residential market, according to JLL.
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Private equity and institutional investors dominated the forecourt property market in 2015, taking stakes in four of the top five independent retailers, according to Barber Wadlow’s latest market update.
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The property sector is at risk of serious reputational damage if it does not put in place more robust rules to curtail ‘double-dipping’, a major study has warned.
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The results are in. It has been a whirlwind year for property. What has that meant for the top 100 real estate owners?
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The UK’s fledgling Build to Rent sector has been dealt a blow with the announcement that large investors will not be exempt from a new extra stamp duty surcharge that is introduced in a few weeks’ time.
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Shopping centres in prime cities and healthcare assets in France and Germany have topped a list of the top ten European investment hotspots, produced by Savills.
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Foreign companies wishing to buy property in England and Wales could be forced to reveal details of their ownership under new proposals from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
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AXA IM - Real Assets has joined a growing band of fund managers to have launched a core pan-European open-ended fund.
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The value of loan portfolios traded in Europe last year rose to £108bn (€140bn) last year, an increase of more than 50% on 2014.
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Super-wealthy private investors are growing in sophistication and targeting a wider range of property investments as a more analytical younger generation takes charge.
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The ‘big four’ grocery retailers would rather they weren’t so big… literally.
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Logistics take-up in EMEA hit 124.9m sq ft in 2015, the highest level on record, according to analysis by CBRE.
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Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) in the UK is a fragmented market. There’s no IPD benchmark and only one listed company, Unite Group, with a demonstrable yield track record.
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Resi developer Essential Living has called the top of the construction market, and said it will take a more direct approach in delivering its £1bn pipeline in a bid to reduce costs.
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Real estate was the most popular sector for online alternative finance investments and loans in 2014/2015, with the combined debt and equity-based funding for the sector reaching £700m.
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A detailed planning application for what would be the tallest building in the City of London, 1 Undershaft, has been submitted today.
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City office investment reached its highest ever level in 2015 after a surge in US and Chinese activity pushed transactions up to £8.2bn, according to CBRE.
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To date, words have spoken louder than actions when it comes to the private rented sector (PRS).
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UK property delivered strong total returns of 13.1% last year, according to the IPD UK Quarterly Property Index, but a poll at the launch event revealed that investors were worried about the impact of the EU referendum on the market this year.
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UK real estate stocks have seen more than £6.2bn wiped off their value since the start of the year amid a global stock market rout triggered by the falling oil price and China’s economic slowdown.
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Just as Middle East and Far East investors are viewing the London market more cautiously, the lifting of sanctions on Iran is opening up another source of investment. But how significant will Iranian cash become?
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Is the UK private rented sector (PRS) market in danger of overheating? That’s the question some experts are asking.
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The UK’s listed housebuilding sector posted a record-high market value of £32.8bn in 2015 - a 40% jump on 2014 and almost 1,000% above the depths plumbed during the financial crisis, reveals research by consultant Building Value.
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Investors are expected to commit €48bn to real estate globally in 2016 – 13% more than in 2015, according to new research.
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London has dropped out of the top-10 real estate markets with the best prospects in the Urban Land Institute and PwC’s annual Emerging Trends in European Real Estate report.
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The like-for-like value of the Howard de Walden Estate in Marylebone has jumped 12.9% to £3.676bn.
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Councils in England have vetoed one in five recent office-to-residential applications, new research has revealed.
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The funding landscape in the real estate finance space has changed dramatically since the financial crisis.
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Demand for European real estate continues to grow, in particular for larger transactions offering the potential to cut costs.
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Bond issuance among the top 10 biggest listed real estate companies in Europe has increased sixfold since the financial crisis, according to Scope Ratings.
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Real estate shares edged up on Thursday as another rout on commodity stocks and a sharp fall in Poundland shares hit the wider market.
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More than 80% of lenders intend to increase their property loan books this year, the latest research from Savills reveals.
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The average UK house price rose 0.9% to £294,834 in September.
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Supermarkets have cut the floorspace they occupy by a million square feet in the last year.
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The amount of mortgage lending reached its highest level in seven years last month.
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Private rented sector yields held steady in London while decreasing in the regions over the summer as more investment spread outside the capital, according to data from CBRE.
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Investors are failing to fully appreciate the risks associated with property markets in peripheral euro-zone countries, according to research by Standard Life Investments.
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The UK inflation rate edged back down to zero in August, from 0.1% the previous month, as fuel prices continued to fall.
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House prices rose 0.8% on the month and 5.2% on the year in July, taking the average house price to £282,000, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed.
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Euro-zone house prices look to be heading higher, although the pace could be weaker than in previous cycles, the European Central Bank said.
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It has been a record-breaking year in the West End office market.
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The first derivatives trade where a property fund has sold exposure in an IPD segment at the same time as buying exposure in another has been completed on Eurex Exchange.
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High-end retailers in London are buying up real estate to occupy themselves as they seek to avoid rent squeezes and protect prime sales locations.
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House price growth accelerated to 2.7% in August, the highest increase since May 2014, data from the Halifax showed.
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Measures introduced by the government to allow offices to be converted to residential without planning permission led to the loss of over 6m sq ft of office space in England last year, a report has found.
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Appetite for residential investment among institutional investors has never been higher, and large numbers are looking to trade out of other sectors to fund deals, a survey by Internos has found.
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Where is the bounce? The question has been on the lips of many a high-end London residential agent since the general election.
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The FTSE 100 has recorded its biggest weekly loss of the year, with shares continuing to fall sharply on Friday.
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One of the property industry’s leading commentators has called the top of the market, predicting the value of the UK’s real estate investment trusts (REITs) will stall in the first half of next year and fall in the second half of 2016.
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The volume of syndicated real estate finance loans across the EMEA region in the first half of this year reached its highest level since 2008, according to Dealogic.
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Foreigners must be stopped from buying UK homes with “plundered or laundered cash” as part of a “global effort” to defeat corruption, David Cameron is expected to say in a speech later.
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Lack of supply and high domestic and international demand are pushing London prime residential prices upwards, says Bruce Ritchie, chief executive of Residential Land.
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You can only sell the crown jewels once - it’s an oft-repeated phrase in the investment community when the subject of retail sale and leasebacks crops up.
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Watch retailer Swatch Group has signed a record rent for a new Oxford Street store, paying £1,010/ sq ft for its zone A space.
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UK student housing investment in 2015 has passed £3.8bn in the first six months of the year and is set to hit a record £5.75bn by year end, according to the latest figures released by JLL.
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Central London office take-up has jumped 20% since the General Election signalling businesses’ confidence in a Conservative majority government
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Figures by Genworth show a sharp drop in high loan-to-value mortgage lending, with 90% mortgages falling by 26% in Q1 and 95% mortgages down by £147m on the year.
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I fear I’ve probably done to death the London buses analogy when discussing the private rented sector (PRS) in past columns
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The number of new mortgages rose to 42,530 in May from 42,020 in April, the highest number since March 2015 and the fifth consecutive monthly rise, data from the British Bankers’ Association showed.
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Four new housing zones have been announced in London aiming to deliver more than 12,000 homes over the next decade.
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UK house prices will increase by 19.3% over the next five years, but by only 10.4% in London according to research from Savills.
Its Residential Property Focus said that despite more certainty following the general election, the barriers to affordability remain access to mortgage finance and the costs of ownership for first-time buyers.
As a result, a rise of just 2% in house prices is predicted nationally this year.

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The average monthly UK rent is nearly double that in Europe, at £750 compared with £400, analysis by the Housing Federation showed.
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The expansion of European serviced apartment operators will raise awareness of the sector so it can reach its full potential, according to a Savills report.
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Downward pressure on prime yields is set to resume across six sectors of the UK commercial property market, according to Savills.
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Downward pressure on prime yields is set to resume across six sectors of the market while income and rental growth will begin to drive the total return, according to Savills’ latest Commercial Market in Minutes report.
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UK REITS have retreated 3% over the past week as the Greek crisis and the consequent volatility in bond markets intensifies.
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Much of the commentary concerning the latest release of Savills’ Financing Property presentation has centred on increasing competition in the UK lending market.
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The government has begun the second round of spending from its £1bn Build to Rent fund.
Speaking at the London Real Estate Forum this week, housing minister Brandon Lewis announced three deals to fund private rental sector schemes to deliver 1,353 homes across the city.

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LISTEN: UK property markets are showing signs of stabilisation according to the latest IPD UK Monthly Property Index from MSCI.
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To build or not to build? That is the question - not for Hamlet, of course, but for real estate investors. In the private rented sector (PRS), the answer is a resounding yes.
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Minister of state for housing and planning Brandon Lewis has revealed government plans for three new deals that will deliver a total of 4,000 new homes in London.
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The property lending market has seen 150 new entrants in the last three years, according to a new report from Savills.
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Office availability in central London fell 3% in the first quarter of 2015, dropping to 10.8m sq ft for the first time in 14 years, according to CBRE.
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On almost every measure, the health of the property debt market took a transformational step forward in 2014.
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Commercial property lending has jumped by more than 50% to a six-year high, according to data from De Montfort University.
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UK property will deliver a total return of 9% pa between 2015 and 2019, despite a slow first quarter this year, according to Aviva Investors.
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The number of properties being listed with an asking price of £2m or more has more than doubled since the Conservative party’s election victory, an analysis by GetAgent of four websites – OnTheMarket, Prime Location, Rightmove and Zoopla – has shown.
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The number of Chinese applying to move to the UK via the investor visa process rose to 1,583 last year, from 507 the year before, data obtained by Radius Equity showed.
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London’s West End remains the world’s most expensive location for office space at $29,000 (£18,675) per workstation - nearly a third more expensive than second-placed Hong Kong, according to research by DTZ.
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Office construction in central London has grown by 24% in six months, taking the total office space now under development to 9.5m sq ft, according to the latest London Office Crane Survey by Deloitte Real Estate.
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More than half the self-storage space opened in the UK last year is sitting empty.
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The number of homes delivered by UK builders has failed to hit current government targets for more than four decades.
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Shares in quoted estate agents and online housing sites look set to take a hit today as it emerged hedge funds have taken short positions against property firms exposed to a downturn in London’s housing market.
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Westminster City Council today announced plans for a clampdown on office-to-residential conversions in central London.
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Total investment in UK student accommodation has broken the £2bn mark for a third consecutive year, according to new research from global property advisor CBRE.
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The student housing sector is not in bubble territory, delegates heard today, despite transaction volumes almost doubling this year.
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The private-rented sector will not take off until there is a planning change which levels the playing field with build-for sale, delegates at the Property Week Student Accommodation Conference 2014 heard today.
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London’s largest building contractors are turning down one in three bidding opportunities, as balance of power shifts from clients to construction supply chain.
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Price growth in prime central London has slowed to zero in October, ending four years of growth.
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British Land and Oxford Properties have agreed a deal to let the 41st floor of the Cheesegrater to insurance company FM Global at almost £85/sq ft — a record for the City of London.
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The government has announced 1 April 2015 as the valuation date for business rates assessments for 2017 onwards.
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New residential research by Cushman & Wakefield has revealed there has been a “tangible pausing” of activity in London’s prime residential land sales market as developers take stock of the robust activity at the start of the year.
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Ultra-rich Africans have been scooping up homes in London’s top residential areas, splashing out more than £30m in some individual cases.
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Private equity funds are among investors turning their attention to the nascent investment market recovery in some of the Eurozone countries now “the crest of the wave has broken and the low-hanging fruit has now gone” in the UK, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking claims.
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Office take-up in central London reached 1.6m sq ft in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 10.4m sq ft, 15% up on the same period last year, according to DTZ’s latest Central Offices update.
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Although rents are falling in some pockets of London, it is not all doom and gloom. Hannah Brenton reports
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Banks are becoming more willing to take on development risk again, speakers said at MIPIM UK today.
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London councils are blocking one in four applications to turn offices into homes, new research has revealed.
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UK commercial real estate returned 1.7% in September – representing the second highest monthly returns of the year, according to the IPD UK Monthly Property Index.
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Overseas investors have for the first time overtaken UK institutions to become the largest owners of UK commercial property, new data from the Property Industry Alliance has revealed.
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The City office market is undergoing “Manhattan-isation” as demand for office space diversifies beyond the traditional finance sector, the latest research from Knight Frank indicates.
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Scotland has introduced a new land and buildings transaction tax, using the Scottish parliament’s first new taxation powers in more than 300 years.
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged the government to reconsider lifting restrictions on turning offices into homes in parts of the capital.
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A “huge proportion” of luxury homes planned or under construction in London are unlikely to be built on time, a new report warns.
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The student housing investment market is heading towards a record year with JLL predicting that £2bn worth of assets will go under offer in the final quarter of this year – the same value achieved during the entirety of 2013.
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Europe’s asset management agencies have almost €264bn (£207bn) of European non-core real estate exposure, Cushman & Wakefield has estimated.
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today opened a new £200m investment scheme for developers and housing associations in a bid to accelerate the building of low cost homes for Londoners.
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Housebuilding completions in central London are poised to hit a seven-year high of 100,000 units next year, JLL has forecast.
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Demand for grade A industrial space in the UK has notched up a record performance in the first half of the year, research from DTZ has revealed.
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Property entrepreneur Nick Leslau says he is in no hurry to invest the £448m from the sale of Max Property.
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The busiest period since 2006 means summer holidays will be in short supply. By David Parsley.
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Crest Nicholson walks away from Chiswick development as it moves portfolio away from higher-value homes.
A residential deal in Chiswick, west London, has collapsed over concerns about the impact of a mansion tax on homes worth more than £2m.

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Shortages of skilled labour and materials are becoming more apparent as market comes out of downturn

Office occupiers look set to be hit by spiralling costs when fitting out buildings, with tender prices predicted to rise at an annual rate of up to 6.5% over the next two years, new research suggests.

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Demand across the South East office market increased by 10% in the second quarter of 2014, according to Savills.
150 new requirements came to the market in the period, which together total 2.7m sq ft of wanted space.
Total demand for the first half of the year is up 15% on the previous half, totalling 4.5m sq ft.
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Foreign interests using city as safe haven are making city ‘too hot’ for UK investors, Dev Secs group director says

The London property market is no longer a sensible investment for UK developers as long as sovereign wealth funds and global billionaires continue to treat it as a cash haven, Development Securities director Matthew Weiner has said.

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The UK is facing a housing crisis. Open any newspaper today and there will be articles on spiralling house prices and an imminent bubble. Yet the greatest and fundamental factor underpinning these dire warnings and predictions is quite simply a lack of supply.
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Supermarket chain Tesco has come under renewed pressure after it was revealed its land bank could be used to build 15,000 homes, the equivalent of the new town in Ebbsfleet.
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The governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has proposed new measures to cool the UK’s housing market in the bank’s latest stability report.
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Middle Eastern investors could spend as much as $180bn in commercial real estate outside of their own region in the next decade, according to CBRE.
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Twenty housing zones will be created in London, with £400m of backing from the government and London authorities, in a bid to accelerate 50,000 new homes.
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The boom in tall towers in London is being driven by overseas demand for “glitzy high-rise towers”, rather than the housing shortage in the capital, former City planning officer Peter Rees claimed today.
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Planning permissions for new homes in England and Wales have reached the highest level since 2008, according to figures released today.
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Prime rents in central London rose for the third consecutive month in May, data from Knight Frank revealed, meaning the half-year change in values was positive for the first time since January 2012.
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The London Luxury Quarter looks set to receive £1.3bn of investment over the next 5 to 10 years, a report has revealed.
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More than 50 new entrants entered the lending market over the last 12 months, according to Savills, taking the list of organisations with ambitions to lend to more than 200 names.
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De Montfort report shows talk of recovery in the UK commercial real estate finance market is not all hot air.
Are we in the midst of another commercial property credit boom? Given that the slightly fuzzy, champagne-addled memory of the last boom has barely receded, it seems bizarre to have to be asking this question.
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Mothers’ Bunch Club of UK’s top investment agents urge new code of practice to curtail ‘double dipping’.
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Land Securities put out a strong set of annual results this morning and signalled that the cycle was approaching its peak.
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The Real Estate Finance Group has revealed its final recommendations to minimise the impact of the next real estate crash on the broader economy.
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Derwent London predicted a further recovery in the London office rental market in a strong interim management statement this morning.
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The UK self storage industry saw a turnover of £385m last year with occupancy rates up 3%.

The latest Self Storage Association UK survey, produced by Deloitte Real Estate, showed despite the introduction of VAT on rents for storage, 79% of operators indicate they expect to see an improvement in profits over the year ahead.

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Global property transactions hit £715bn (€859bn) in 2013, a 22.6% increase on 2012 and the highest total since 2007
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Five developers and the landed estates will deliver more than half of the West End office pipeline until 2018, according to new research from GVA.
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Student housing investors are becomingly increasingly “sophisticated”, according to law firm Pinsent Masons.
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After five years of pain, Canary Wharf is fast transforming into London’s hottest submarket.
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An analysis has found that foreigners bought four in 10 London homes that sold for more than £1m last year.
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West End and City office rents will rise to historic highs in the next four years, Knight Frank has forecast.
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Savills has reported a 10% jump in luxury house sales in London’s top neighbourhoods.


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UK commercial property returned 10.5% in 2013, its highest level since 2010, according to the IPD’s quarterly property index.
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There has been a “significant uptick” in European real estate lending, but debt funds will struggle to raise money in an increasingly crowded marketplace, according to Cushman & Wakefield Corporate Finance’s European Lending Review.
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London has become the property “safe haven of the world”, says Jones Lang La Salle’s European chief executive Christian Ulbrich.
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London is suffering a supply squeeze on office space, figures from property adviser Deloitte show.


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Double-digit growth has been forecast for all property sectors across the UK for 2014, according to Strutt & Parker.
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Irish real estate returned 12.7% in 2013 compared with just 3.1% in 2012, according to the IPD/SCSI Ireland Quarterly Property Index.
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Annual commercial property investment volumes have begun to boom over the past year, hitting £53bn – the highest since 2007.
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Knight Frank’s latest research into the industrial market has found a “critically low” supply of grade-A stock, shifting power towards landlords at the same time as investment activity hit a seven-year peak in H2 2013.
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The UK shopping centre investment market last year saw the highest level of activity since 2006.
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London continues to suck wealth away from the rest of the country with developers, landlords and businesses favouring the region.
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Investors are piling into European property in a move that is driving prices up and inflating renewed bubble fears.
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The use of private equity in major property deals worth at least $10m (£6.1m) has nearly trebled since 2009.
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London has knocked New York off its perch for providing foreign investors with the best real estate investment opportunities.
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Twelve months ago the talk was of double-dip recessions and crisis in the eurozone.
Against that backdrop Jones Lang LaSalle predicted a year of subdued growth with just a 1% rise in GDP.

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London has been named as investors’ top global city for property purchases, for the first time in four years, according to the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.
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The number of retailers that fell into administration in the final quarter increased 11% compared with quarter-four 2012.
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Commercial real estate investment in London hit a six-year high of £19.9bn in 2013.
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The number of houses being sold has risen by 24%, according to government statistics.
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The total number of retailers with problems has climbed 15% year on year to 15,792, reports Begbies Traynor.
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CBRE reports that investors have spent more than £16bn buying London property this year.
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Property consultancy DTZ has forecast shopping centre investment deals will leap to £4.35bn by the end of the year.
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Four out of five lenders expect to increase their exposure to residential development over the next 12 months.
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Far Eastern investment in London’s prime West End shopping patch looks set to be quadruple that of 2012 after a Hong Kong-led purchase this week.
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European property investors have developed a higher tolerance for risk in 2013, leading to a rise in value-add and opportunistic strategies, according to a report from Invesco Real Estate.
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The reduction in the UK’s debt pile slowed to just 2.5% in the first half as origination caught up with deleveraging.
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A Turkish investor delighting in a Fitzrovia office block this week, has helped push full-year West End turnover on track for a record £4.9bn.
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Demand for “jumbo” loans to refinance 2006-08 vintage debt has given way to acquisition finance, according to a new UK debt barometer.
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Student housing has become an increasingly popular alternative asset class for investors. But it has been the opportunity to buy large portfolios from collapsed Opal Property Group that has really put the UK on the global student accommodation map and attracted a surge of new international buyers to Britain.
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Data from HMRC gathered by law firm EMW has identified a slowdown in institutional investment in UK residential property.
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Investors have pumped more than £1.6bn in UK student accommodation in just nine months.
According to CBRE’s Student Accommodation Index, the sector has shown total returns of 9.95% in the 12 months to September 2013, higher than IPD total returns on offices, industrial and retail property respectively over the same period.

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CBRE reports that investors have ploughed £1.6bn into student accommodation in the first nine months of the year.
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More than 20,000 prime homes could be delivered in London over the next decade with a combined sale value of more than £50bn
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The value of luxury residential London developments to be built over the next decade has grown 32% to £50bn.
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Research from Benthorp has determined that prime London house prices are set to spike over the next quarter.
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Raising interest rates could seriously disrupt the property markets at a time of fragile recovery, industry experts have warned.
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Housebuilders have begun work on the most new properties since the financial crisis, the latest figures show.
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The Treasury has enjoyed a sharp rise in stamp duty and VAT receipts, official figures disclose.
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Homeowners living close to flourishing local high streets could see their property values attract a premium, a study concludes.
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Lenders are becoming increasingly willing to write loans against lower quality properties, reducing the funding gap for grade-C assets, according to new research by DTZ.
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Britain’s largest REITs have beefed up plans to build high-end housing to capitalise on soaring residential prices in London.
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More bank and non-bank capital is becoming available for lending secured by lower quality assets, according to new research by DTZ.
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Hotel investment volumes reached €8bn (£6.7m) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the first three quarters of 2013 – only slightly behind levels for the whole of 2012.
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Fears are growing about a reversal in the resurgent residential property market, a Bank of England survey indicates.


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Residential landlords are increasingly confident of the private rented sector with 68% expecting their letting business over the next three months to be either good or very good.
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Wetherell has reported the greatest surge in central London office-to-residential conversions since the end of World War One.
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Tenants are being forced to look outside traditional areas of the City and West End owing to rising rents and dwindling supply.
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At the ninth annual World Islamic Economic Forum in London on 29 October, David Cameron announced that he wants London to stand alongside Dubai and Malaysia as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance.
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The "globalisation" of the property industry is one of the strongest trends of 2013, according to panelists at the IPD/IPF annual conference today.
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Savills said it expected its results for the year to be at the upper end of expectations on the back of a quicker-than-expected pick-up in the UK regions.
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MAPIC 2013: Demand for space on Europe’s most desirable shopping streets has pushed rents up by up to 20% this year.
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Fifty-seven per cent of surveyors said house prices climbed last month, the latest snapshot from the RICS shows.
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The property industry is the most upbeat sector in the UK, according to a high-profile business confidence index.
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MAPIC 2013: European retail investment in the past six months has reached €16.2bn (£13.5bn) – up 14% on 2012.
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London needs 50,000 new homes a year – the equivalent of 18 new Olympic Villages – to address its growing housing crisis.
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Research from Savills warns of an oversupply of expensive London homes as developers rush to build for rich foreigners.

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A let-to-buy phenomenon is strangling the supply of first-time buyer properties, campaigners have claimed
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A surge in building work in London has revived the Thames’s ancient role as an artery of commercial transport.
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LSL Property Services reports house prices increased throughout England and Wales in October – the first time in nearly three years.
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Rightmove has reported a 30% uplift in viewings in the four months to the end of October.
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The UK’s first survey into the ownership structure of student housing has revealed that 53% of stock is in the hands of universities themselves, while the remainder is controlled by the private sector.
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Average UK house prices will rise 25% over the five years to the end of 2018.
According to Savills, prices will increase by 17% in the next three years alone.

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Profit-taking and speculation about interest rates took their toll on housebuilders on the stock market on Tuesday.
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The value of prime Central London residential property has soared more than six times higher than the national average, according to new research.
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The pace of European retail property sales picked up in the first six months of the year, with €16.3bn (£14.4bn) of transactions taking place – a 31% increase on the same period last year, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

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Construction is expected to have expanded in the April-June quarter when the Office for National Statistics releases estimates on Thursday.
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The UK regions are beginning to see rental growth and yield compression thanks to a resurgence in prime offices, according to CBRE.
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The out-of-town investment market saw around £444m of deals in the second quarter – a 146% increase on Q1.
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UK retail warehouse investment deals reached £884m during the first half of 2013 – a 153% increase on the same period last year.
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The rise of the convenience store could prove to be high streets’ saviour, says The Daily Telegraph’s Retail Viewpoint column.
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BNP Paribas Real Estate research shows foreign investors are behind a record 82% of City commercial property transactions.


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The ongoing deleveraging of unlisted property funds saw gearing as a proportion of gross asset value slip to its lowest in over a decade.
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Rising interest rates over the next 20 years will disproportionately hit UK residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), Moody’s has forecast.
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Savills says tens of thousands of homes rented to students are pricing average families out of local housing markets.
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UHY Hacker Young research shows Silicon Roundabout is the most prolific area of new business generation in the UK.
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June was the strongest month for house prices since January 2010, with 21% more chartered surveyors reporting price rises rather than falls in during the month.
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Roll the dice, the London office market is back, with take-up growing 46% in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012
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A lack of grade-A office space in the City of London has prompted major occupiers to get back in the market, according to Capita Symonds.
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More Aim flotations could be pulled for the same reason Deutsche Annington ditched its IPO, UHY Hacker Young has suggested.
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Investment in new science facilities in London has raised the capital’s profile as a hub for medical and technological research.
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Fears are growing that a dangerous asset bubble is developing with property values reaching post-financial crisis highs.

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A new yield record of less than 1.5% has been set in West End hotspot Bond Street.
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Take-up of office space in the City of London in the first half of 2013 is at its highest since 2007, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.
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The biggest housebuilders are in agreement that the housing market is improving steadily and are confident it will continue.
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London’s property market is set to see a wave of fresh investment from Malaysia, said Prime Minister Nijab Razak.
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Construction industry activity accelerated during June, according to the purchasing managers’ index compiled by data company Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
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Office take-up in Central London soared 32% in the second quarter to the highest level since 2010.
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New Bank of England figures show that mortgage approvals totalled 58,242 in May, which is at its highest level since December 2009.
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The number of insolvencies in the UK property sector increased slightly in May to 108, Experian has calculated.
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The FTSE Group has announced the launch of a real estate index to measure the performance of real estate investment trusts in the USA.
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Cash-rich overseas investors’ growing appetite for London property continues to push up prices and block UK investors.
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Central London investment turnover dropped by £2.2bn in the first half of the year, according to data from DTZ.
The agent said transactions were expected to end on £5.4m for the first six months to 30 June, compared with £7.6m in the same period in 2012.

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Strong investment from overseas investors and commercial occupiers is set to continue for the next five years, new research shows.


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The UK enjoyed a 22% increase in inflows of inward investment last year, a United Nations (UN) report reveals.
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The downturn has claimed more retail groups with Internationale, ModelZone, Ark and Dwell the latest victims.
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Revenue in the West End office investment market soared 35% to £348.7m last month.
Of the deals in May, seven were for transactions over £10m, according to research from Strutt & Parker

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Turnover in the West End and City office investment market is set to drop by the end of the month.
Jones Lang LaSalle has forecast that West End revenue will fall to just under £2bn for the first half of 2013 - a 26% slip on sales in the first half of 2012.

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International buyers now account for almost three-quarters of new home sales in prime London.

According to a Savills report, World in London, 74% of new-build sales in prime locations are to international buyers, but at least half are transacted to UK-based international buyers.

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The shortage of prime property is tightening yields, with the market approaching a tipping point, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
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Five of the UK's major banks could turn to further real estate loan sales to plug a £27.1bn hole in their balance sheets.
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The average size of London office deals is set to rocket by 57% this quarter, according to figures from EGi's research team.
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Prime central London house prices have soared nearly 60% during Mervyn King's 10-year reign as governor of the Bank of England.
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CBRE has hailed the “largest development surge in a generation” as new shopping-centre schemes are restarted following a freeze.
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The mounting sums raised by debt funds will never replace the retrenching banks, with a ¬market-wide deleveraging likely to result, a panel of alternative investors told the British Property Federation conference this week.
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UK commercial property values grew in May for the first time since 2011.
The 0.01% growth last month was driven by improvements in the office and industrial sectors, with industrial property values returning to growth for the first time in two years.

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Demand for housing in London will outstrip supply by 48% over the coming decade.
According to Knight Frank's report, London Calling - London Residential Development Report 2013, household growth in London is expected to be much greater than previously anticipated.

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An influx of technology businesses is reshaping the City as foreign investors pour billions of pounds into the UK.

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Suddenly, it seems, borrowing has ceased to be a problem. New lenders are tripping over each other to offer terms, and there could be a lending surplus within 12 months.
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Europe's real estate debt funding gap has shrunk by 42%, from $86bn (£56bn) to $50bn in the past six months as banks continue to deleverage and new lenders enter the market, according to the latest research from DTZ.
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The alternative sector will be seen as core within the next 10 years, with healthcare, retirement living, leisure and pubs offering the biggest opportunities.
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Ukrainians have been the biggest buyers in the London property market in recent years, reports The Independent.
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Big pub companies will convert to REITs if the government breaks the beer tie, The Mail on Sunday reports.
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Profit-taking has hit property developers’ shares in reaction to recent increases in sovereign bond yields.
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Average house prices in London’s Kensington and Chelsea have jumped 9.8% in the past year to £1.24m.
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Institutions are planning to boost their investment in alternative assets, including real estate, in 2013, according to a new study by investment manager AMP Capital.
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New figures from Hometrack show that house prices are rising at the fastest rate since 2007.
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Two thirds of builders Knight Frank polled for its 2013 Housebuilding Report expect volumes to increase this year.
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The CARE property group believes new laws in Taiwan could attract cash-rich Taiwanese insurance companies to British property.
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The self-storage sector has remained resilient despite the imposition of a 20% VAT charge on self-storage costs in October last year, according to a new survey from Deloitte.
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Rightmove has reported the average London home has broken through the £500,000 price barrier for the first time.
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Building on new houses in England rose 15% to 27,370 in the first quarter this year.
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London office development is at a four-year high of 9.7m sq ft, according to the latest Crane Survey by Deloitte Real Estate.
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The number of new office buildings being constructed in London has reached its highest level for four years.
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Retail landlords have highlighted the growing convergence of convenience, community and value in town centre retail locations.
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UK property total returns hit their highest monthly level since November 2011 in April, at 0.5%, according to monthly figures from IPD.
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The deal by Norges Bank Investment Management with Prologis to buy warehouses from LondonMetric Property is a sign of how investors are thinking.
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Knight Frank said demand for office space within the M25 was 10% above average.
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Hammerson's head of credit control, Duncan Grubb, said he believed the spate of major retail company voluntary arrangements had now ended.
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Total UK commercial property returns increased from 0.5% in March to 0.6% in April, according to the latest CBRE UK monthly index.
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Competition among mezzanine debt lenders in the UK is set to heat up this year, as international players battle against domestic banks and institutions for the most profitable opportunities, said panellists at the Loan Market Association's Real Estate Finance Conference this morning.
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The majority of mortgages for first-time buyers continue to be offered by building societies, according to data provider Moneyfacts.
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The number of buy-to-let mortgages is rising again after a slump during the financial crisis, new figures revealed.
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Halifax said house prices rose 1.1% in April, lifting the average price to £166,000.
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Office take-up in London's Docklands dropped 57% in the first quarter to just 30,000 sq ft.
Take-up in Q1 was 30,000 sq ft - less than half of the 70,000 sq ft recorded in the final quarter of 2012, Knight Frank has calculated.

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Major supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Waitrose and the Co-op are all lining up to take over post offices.
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Homes priced at the top end of the London market are rising in value as overseas investors continue to see the capital as a good place to buy property.
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A poll of purchasing managers in the construction industry suggests the decline in activity may be slowing
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UK commercial property total returns for the first quarter of 2013 were 1.1%, as capital values continued to fall, according to the IPD quarterly property index.
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Empty UK shop numbers have risen to more than 22,450 - the equivalent of a vacant central London.
That was the finding of the latest monthly update from Local Data Company.

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The total stock of UK invested property fell by 3% in 2012 as a result of further deleveraging in the real estate market, according to DTZ's latest Money into Property report.
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More than half of the investment in commercial property went to London last year, new figures showed.
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Lending to property investors by non-bank funders, such as insurance companies, increased by 35% last year.
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House prices in the United States rose by an average of almost 10% in the 12 months to February, which is the largest increase since 2006.
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The Bank of England said the number of new mortgage approvals rose to 53,504 in March from 51,947 in the previous month.
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Property prices in Spain are set to fall 13 per cent by the end of the next year, Standard and Poor’s has warned.
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Property companies are paying their bills more quickly in 2013 than they did in 2012, according to financial information company Experian.
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London continues to race ahead of the European prime residential property market with growth of 8.1%, says Knight Frank
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Chopard will pay the Pollen Estate a record rent to secure its long-term future in New Bond Street.
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European industrial and logistics have found favour with investors in Q1, with transactions increasing by 111% compared with the same quarter last year to €3bn (£2.5bn) according to research from Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Retailers could take as much as 50m sq ft of warehouse space over the next five years, driven by the growth of online retailing, says Savills.
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Financial distress in real estate companies rose 24% to 227 cases nationwide in Q1 2013 compared with the same period last year, according to insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor.
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The UK's real estate finance market could be at the early stages of a "CMBS revival", according to Knight Frank.
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Office rents in Mayfair and St James's, are set to be pushed up to £118 per sq ft by 2017, due to a shortage of prime supply.
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German financial regulator BaFin has “alarmed” the European real estate sector with controversial proposals for REITs.
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London will see 13,100 more student beds developed by 2015, as strong appetite for the student housing market continues.
Some 3,000 beds are on track to be delivered this year, 6,300 in 2014 and 3,800 in 2015, CBRE has calculated.

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This year could be the "turning point" for UK secondary property, which could start to outperform prime, according to research from Aviva Investors.

The firm has plans to start raising a UK secondary property fund in 2013, as revealed by Estates Gazette in November.

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Trevor Wood Associates has reported empty space on Britain’s retail parks climbed the fastest last year since 2008.
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Investors are likely to be keener to buy European non-performing loans this year in an effort to increase returns, according to Ernst & Young's 2013 non-performing loan report.

Europe is growing as an NPL market, with an estimated €1trn of NPLs now on the balance sheets of the region's banks.

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UK property returned 1.1% in the first three months of 2013, an increase of 0.5% since the last quarter, according to IPD's latest figures.

Income returns held steady at 1.7% while capital values fell by 0.6%, a slower rate of decline than has been noted in previous quarters. Rents fell slightly, by 0.1%.

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Hotel investment volumes soared during the first quarter compared with the same period last year, Savills has reported.
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Speculative development in the West End dropped 10% in the first quarter.

There was 1.8m sq ft of speculative development under way in the first three months of the year, down from 2m sq ft in Q1 2012.

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Turnover in the Irish commercial investment property sector reached £287m (€336m) in the first quarter of 2013.
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The biggest retail insolvencies have lost landlords and other creditors a fortune, the latest data from Company Watch shows.
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Overseas buyers accounted for 71% of central London investment volumes in the first quarter, despite a shortage of stock constraining activity, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Around £2.8bn of central London stock was traded in the first three months of the year, down by 31% on the previous quarter due to the dearth of buildings in the market, the agent said

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International buyers accounted for 71% of the £2.75bn of commercial property sales in the first quarter, says Cushman & Wakefield.
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CBRE says about 30 institutions, including British pension funds, plan to develop or buy blocks of homes to let.


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The number of hotels in distress has leapt almost fourfold in the past year, Begbies Traynor’s Red Flag Alert identifies.
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The British Property Federation has set up a student accommodation committee to act as a voice for the burgeoning sector.
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Insolvencies hit construction, retail and manufacturing hardest in the first quarter, PwC data shows.
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Construction suffered its third consecutive month of declining output last month, the Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index shows.
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Turnover in the West End office investment market has tumbled to £972.6m, as stock continues to dry up.
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Investors in the commercial office market are increasingly being drawn to the UK regions, according to a new report by Deloitte Real Estate.

The UK Key Cities publication explores the emergence of regional offices as a focus for investors seeking higher returns.

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As the number of buildings taller than London’s Shard is set to double in the next five years, engineers say the height limit will be reached.
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Investment in shopping centres reached £1.43bn in the first quarter of this year, which is an increase of 194% on last year, according to Savills.
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Average house prices rose slightly in the 12 months to March, which is the first increase in a year.
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British hotel sales have totalled £1.62bn since 2010, Jones Lang LaSalle has reported.
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An internet shopping boom will boost warehousing and “dark store” demand over the next five years, a report says.
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Investors are again prepared to bet on the nation’s obsession with buying and selling homes, recent events indicate.
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Sales of £2m-plus homes have “fallen off a cliff” because of higher stamp duty, estate agents have reported.
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Efforts by European banks to reduce their exposure to toxic real estate loans face a setback, after an additional €500bn (£427bn) of lending to non-core assets showed up on balance sheets in 2012, according to research from PwC.
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Rightmove has reported confident sellers are increasing asking prices to the highest level yet seen in March.
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MIPIM: Turnover in the West End office investment market could tumble by 25% this year, agents at MIPIM have warned.
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UK property returned 0.3% in February, slightly below the 0.4% achieved in January, according to the IPD's Monthly Property Index.
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Qatar has been lined up to invest £10bn in a UK fund that will target UK infrastructure projects.
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MIPIM: The debt market looks set for growth in 2013, according to Cushman & Wakefield's latest European Real Estate Lending Survey, published at the annual MIPIM conference in Cannes today.
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$320bn of new capital will be available to invest in to commercial property this year according to research by DTZ.
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CBRE research shows Germany has leapfrogged the UK as the most sought-after destination for European property investors.
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MIPIM: The number of active European real estate lenders has increased by 29%, according to Cushman & Wakefield.


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The latest survey from the RICS has pointed to an “encouraging” pick-up in the housing market.


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The government has established an Islamic finance task force headed by ministers Greg Clark and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.
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TheCityUK's Sovereign Wealth Funds 2013 report has reported that SWFs have increased their investment into property worldwide by 30% in the past year to $10bn.
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The Sunday Telegraph questions whether supermarkets can continue pouring millions into new store developments in a saturated market.
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The Observer reports on the influx of new global elites – including investors in prime UK property – “changing the face of Europe”.
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Infrastructure is "on the cusp of going mainstream" as an asset class for real estate investors, said IPD co-founder Ian Cullen at a Movers and Shakers property panel on alternatives this week.
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IHIF 2013: The UK accounted for 38% of total transactional volumes in the European hotel market last year.
According to HVS London's 2012 European Hotel Transactions report, €1.4bn (£1.2bn) was transacted in the UK hotel market out of a total of €5.6bn across Europe in 2012

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Last year's stamp duty increase has reduced annual prime central London sales volumes by 15%, according to Knight Frank.

In the 2012 Budget, chancellor George Osborne announced that stamp duty on homes sold at a price over £2m would increase from 5% to 7% with immediate effect.

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The launch of flats at Battersea Power Station in London helped push new home registrations in the new year up nearly 30% compared with the same period last year.

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Overseas investors will continue to seek large office stock in the capital, tempted by the West End having the strongest five-year office rental growth outlook in Europe, minus the City.

As well as core West End offices, foreign demand for high-quality retail assets will remain strong, with rising interest from countries such as Japan, Jones Lang LaSalle said in a West End report.

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Hotel investment volumes reached €8.5bn (£7.3m) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa last year - a 4% decline on 2011.

According to Jones Lang LaSalle, the most liquid market was once again the UK with €2.3bn (£1.9bn) of hotels transacted followed by France at €1.7bn (£1.5bn) and Germany at €1.2bn (£1bn).

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Research from Cluttons shows bankers’ pay cuts are hitting the luxury homes market in central London.
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New PwC and Local Data Company intelligence shows stores are disappearing from UK high streets at record rates.


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All but four of London’s Boroughs are likely to seek an exemption from new rules making it easier for developers to convert offices into homes.

Just Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Croydon and Kingston are unlikely to seek an exemption, according to research by CBRE.

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Rents in cheaper areas of the West End could grow 30-50% in the next few years, Savills has predicted.
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London’s title of most expensive city for office rental has been restored, a Cushman & Wakefield report reveals.
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The RICS believes home repossessions could potentially drop below 30,000 this year.
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Returns for all UK property were largely unchanged at the end of January, according to the latest monthly index from CBRE.
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A leading European lender has castigated the UK property sector's belief that "it has a divine right to have cheap debt at its fingertips".
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Instant has published research showing the serviced office sector in emerging markets is set to significantly expand.
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Hammerson has published research with retail consultancy Conlumino indicating the total number of UK shops will fall 10% by 2020.

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Knight Frank has reported that £13.8bn of offices changed hands last year in central London, up from £9.6bn in 2011.
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For the first time in history London's vacancy rate did not increase during a recession, according to Knight Frank's analysis of the capital's property market in 2012.
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Allegra Strategies has floated the possibility that the number of coffee shops could one day match the number of pubs.
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Real estate and construction are leading the way out of recession, according the latest Begbies Traynor figures on the financial health of the UK.
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Real estate loan sales in Europe will increase to more than €25bn (£21.3bn) this year, according to research released by Cushman & Wakefield.
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Surveyors have predicted further falls in rental values, the RICS’ latest snapshot indicates.
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Cranes are “shooting up” across London as previously mothballed developments – many for flats – get under way, reports The Guardian.
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Investment in the student housing market soared to a record £2.7bn in 2012, despite a drop in student numbers.

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European retail real estate investment volume in the fourth quarter in 2012 reached €7.6bn (£6.4bn) - down 11% on the previous year.

According to Jones Lang LaSalle, retail real estate investment in Europe in Q4 2011 stood at €8.5bn.

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London ranks third among the top cities for investment among real estate professionals surveyed, according to PwC's and the Urban Land Institute (ULI)'s Emerging Trends in Real Estate, Europe report, released today.
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Overseas buyers poured £2.2bn into new-build London homes last year, research from Knight Frank shows.
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British commercial property values fell 0.3% last month, figures from data provider IPD show.
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UK property values fell by 0.3% in December, while headline values fell by 4.2% for 2012 as a whole, according to IPD UK's monthly index.
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High leverage has been "horribly damaging" to the performance of European property funds over the past decade, according to new research from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
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An exceptional run in to 2012 helped push global commercial real estate investment volumes to $436bn (£271.6bn), according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

The total volume was up marginally on 2011 and by 36% on 2010 after concerns over the US fiscal cliff and pent up demand lifted Q4 volumes to $141bn, $22bn higher than the same period last year.

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The buy-to-let market looks set to expand further with more than half of landlords planning to increase their property portfolios over the next six months.

According to research of 218 investors by specialist mortgage broker Mortgages for Business, landlord appetite for more purchases stems from the attractive yields available on residential investments.

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Tenants in severe arrears have fallen for the first time in more than a year, Templeton LPA Receivers says.
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Central London office take-up rose 10% in the final quarter last year, bolstered by a number of City deals.

Take-up reached 2.4m sq ft in Q4 2012, according to data from BNP Paribas Real Estate.
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Investment deals in the City of London during 2012 were expected to reach up to £10bn, making it the biggest year for City investment since 2006, according to Jones Lang LaSalle research.
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Central London construction activity has picked up with 25 construction starts in the past six months, according to Drivers Jonas Deloitte's Winter 2012 Crane Survey.
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Balanced fund managers are investing more heavily in alternative assets such as leisure and healthcare, according to the Association of Real Estate Funds' Investment Quarterly.
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Office development in the capital remained flat in the second half of 2012, with tenant demand remaining subdued apart from a few bright spots.
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Autumn Statement will bring tax breaks for cross-REIT investment, but no social housing REIT


The government is poised to make a key change to the REIT regime, but is thought unlikely to introduce social housing REITs.

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Insurance companies will increase their lending to UK commercial real estate by £28.1bn in the next five years, according to new research by law firm DLA Piper.
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Despite the global uncertainty, UK investment has been consistent so far in 2012
Q3 2012 activity of £8.51bn saw a slight decrease of minus 5% from Q2 2012 of £8.96bn. However, it was an increase of 18.8% from the same time last year (Q3 2011 £7.16bn).
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The average deal size increased by 45% this quarter, emphasising the two tier nature of the market. Investors continue to purchase trophy and prime assets in London, while regional investment activity remains muted, a report by Lambert Smith Hampton has found.
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Technology firms have become the largest buyers of new City floor space, Knight Frank data will show today.
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Total real estate investment activity declined in the third quarter of 2012 to €24.6bn, a 3% decrease on the previous quarter, according to research from DTZ.
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Changes to the tax regime for property authorised investment funds (PAIFs) which comes into force today will remove the last barriers to authorised funds converting into PAIFs.
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BNP Paribas Real Estate has reported a 23% rise in investment in central London commercial property so far this year.
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West End property transactions in the year-to-date have already outperformed the corresponding period of 2011, hitting £3bn.
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Land Registry data shows prime home sales have plunged 40% following stamp duty rises introduced in the Budget in March.
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Property company shares enjoyed a strong day as the FTSE 100 hit its highest level in two months.
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Prime central London house prices rose by 0.8% in June, reaching a new high, but the rate of price growth is beginning to slow.
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Investment into secondary offices across Western European markets is at its lowest for 10 years, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate.
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The impact of the government’s stamp duty measures has started to hit prices of London’s prime residential property
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Prime central London residential house prices will grow by 6% this year, according to research from CBRE.
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UK commercial property values in May suffered their largest monthly drop since the eurozone debt crisis started to bite last autumn.
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Investors are running out of patience with property companies pinning their hopes on an upturn in the sector, according to Deloitte.
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The prime London new-build residential market is now driven almost exclusively by international buyers, generating £1.4bn inflow of equity last year.
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The number of property sector administrations in England and Wales increased by 35% during Q4 2011.
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Loan workouts have become more prevalent as the majority of loans that were due to mature in January remaining outstanding, according to Fitch
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Big retailers that occupy a total of 1,600 shops are demanding landlords let them pay rents monthly rather than quarterly.
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Rent collection from retailers in the December quarter showed a 4% year-on-year increase, according to property management firm Lee Baron.
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Asian investors accounted for £1.7bn worth of transactions in central London's office investment market during 2011, compared with £668m in 2010, a 150% increase, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.
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The number of companies facing critical levels of financial distress rose by 24% in the final three months of last year, with property among the hardest hit.
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Property investors splashed out £1.3bn on West End assets in Q4, with buoyant trading continuing into the present quarter.
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Some 123 property companies became insolvent in the fourth quarter of 2011, PwC has reported. The figure was 6% lower than the previous quarter.
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Office take-up in the capital plummeted by more than 50% the final quarter of 2011.
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CBRE research has found that more than £800m of capital was poured into UK student accommodation investment last year.
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New figures from the Nationwide showed that British house prices rose 1% last year despite the continuing economic situation.
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