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Shares in the listed housebuilders have tumbled on the stock exchange, after rising Covid-19 rates put London stocks in a sea of red.
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Debt collectors in the US have been on a hiring spree as they prepare for a wave of property loan defaulters.
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UK listed property companies collected just 67% of the £1.1bn in rent they were due on the last quarter day in June, new analysis of real estate investment trusts reveals.
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Investment volumes in the EMEA real estate market could double in Q4 compared with the numbers registered in Q2 and Q3 thanks to improved market sentiment and delayed deals from earlier in the year finally concluding, according to a capital market expert at Colliers International.
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Property is “seriously lacking” in socio-economic diversity, with its workforce dominated by people who are privately educated or come from more privileged backgrounds, new research finds.
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A quarter of British pubs and restaurants fear collapse before Christmas without further government support.
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An independent group of housing leaders has called on the government to provide a £1.3bn fund to buy up private housing for social rent.
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House sales jumped by 15.6% in August as buyers took advantage of the government’s stamp duty holiday.
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The new chairman of Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust has said the UK economy should “rebound strongly” next year if another national lockdown can be avoided – but warned that real estate values will remain weak.
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A second wave of Covid-19 would cost the economy £250m a day.
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Prices for three and four bedroom homes have hit record highs.
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Factory-built homes could account for a quarter of Britain’s annual supply under plans being considered by Downing Street.
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UK property funds are keeping trading suspensions in place over fears of an investor run.
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Appetite for office assets and student accommodation has plummeted in the wake of Covid-19, according to research from CMS
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The Bank of England has moved closer to introducing negative interest rates.
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Weekly footfall in the West End is down 56% compared to last year, with activity remaining low three months after lockdown was lifted.
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Property industry trade bodies have slammed the government’s decision to extend the ban on evicting commercial tenants until the end of the year.
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EDITOR’s COMMENT This week’s leader is dedicated to the growing number of occupiers that are, quite frankly and quite bluntly, taking the piss.
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The UK care home sector is recovering following the initial impact of Covid-19, according to a research report by Knight Frank.
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Westminster City Council has proposed a new policy to be included in its City Plan 2019-40 which would protect office space within the area following the government’s planning reforms.
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In SE1, office space availability has increased by 45% since lockdown began to hit a six-year high, according to Union Street Partners.
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Pubs in England and Wales are “vanishing” at a rate of 40 a month.

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UK retailers have been hit by the first weekly fall in visitor numbers since the depths of lockdown.
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The government is preparing to extend the ban on commercial evictions until the end of the year.
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Female fund managers will not achieve equal status with male colleagues for two centuries if the promotion of women continues at the present rate.

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House prices will fall almost 14% next year, once the temporary stamp duty cut ends and the true impact of coronavirus is felt.
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First time buyers are facing a credit crunch as Britain’s biggest banks axe low deposit loans.
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In his annual letter to shareholders in January, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink laid out how the company was pivoting to putting environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles at the core of its investment strategy. Rather than the tokenistic corporate social responsibility initiatives seen in prior years, Fink’s push for sustainability was grounded both in environmental concerns and solid economics.
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A multibillion-pound bet on commercial property by local authorities is a “disaster waiting to happen”.
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TSB has joined a growing group of lenders offering low deposit mortgages in time-limited “fire sales”.
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Renters facing eviction have been offered a reprieve, but only if they live in lockdown areas.
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the UK’s top four residential developers six months to ‘get their leasehold houses in order’ or risk being taken to court, Property Week can reveal.
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JLL has begun a redundancy consultation process across its UK business and has confirmed that around 200 UK-based roles could be affected.
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St James’s Place and Columbia Threadneedle have become the first asset managers to unfreeze their property funds.
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London offices worth £5bn are for sale as the market enters a “key” few weeks.
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DWS expects the UK’s prime real estate values to fall by around 10% this year.
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The government’s exposure to the housing market through Help to Buy has made the sector “too big to fail”.
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The CBRE Monthly index reported an overall decline in commercial property value for August, with Industrial being the only individual sector reporting a growth.
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The Halifax house price index has reached a record high as the market continues to show immunity to job losses and gloomy forecasts.


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UK commercial property capital values sank -0.3% in August, while rental values declined -0.2%, CBRE has reported.
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has launched an £11.5bn affordable homes programme that will be used to build up to 180,000 homes for first-time buyers.
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Agents are reporting an “explosion” in the high-end of Scotland’s housing market
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The competition watchdog has warned four of the country’s biggest housebuilders that it could take them to court after it found evidence of unfair terms in contracts with homebuyers, and potential mis-selling
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The number of company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) so far this year already exceeds the total for last year as some insolvency experts say they have seen their “highest ever” number of CVA enquiries.
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The UK property market saw the highest number of exchanges since the end of 2019 last week, according to Knight Frank.
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Footfall at the UK’s retail locations in August improved by a 7.3 percentage points from July, but showed a 34.8% annual decline despite leisure reopenings.
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Sales of high-end homes have soared by 228% since last year.


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More sellers are finding a buyer within a week of putting their home up for sale than at any time in the past ten years.


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For the first time in nine years European investors have surpassed their counterparts from Asia Pacific to become the most active in London’s commercial property market.
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As communities and companies hope that recovery from the coronavirus pandemic may at last be on the way, the real estate industry and impact investing could play a critical role.
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On a balmy Friday in mid-August, down on the Thames by London’s Docklands, it is calm. You can count on one hand the number of barges that pass through Canary Wharf in a day.
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Many landlords were already jittery about the buy-to-let market before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Cuts in tax relief, stamp duty surcharges, increased government red tape and political uncertainty all contributed towards a rise in residential property investors looking to exit the sector at the start of 2020.
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The purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector has become the latest property sector to embrace flexible leasing, with operators slashing lease lengths ahead of the new academic year.
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Occupier leasing in Central London tumbled by 57% across the second quarter of 2020, according to a new report from DeVono Cresa.
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COMMENT Crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionise the real estate market, but like any venture which engages the general public, many of whom may have limited experience of investing, it carries a certain amount of risk.
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Mortgage approvals have returned to pre-pandemic levels and consumer borrowing has picked up.
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Commercial property transactions in Ireland are anticipated to increase, with up to $1bn of assets expected to be brought to market over the coming months.
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Nearly one in four home purchases this year will be backed by the “bank of mum and dad”.
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Real estate investment trusts specialising in retail property have seen their shares plummet during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Demand for UK office workers is lagging behind other types of work.
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Pret a Manger will cut 2,890 jobs as it reshapes its business to fit the new world of work.
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The property industry is significantly more optimistic about the future than it was at the start of summer, reveals a new sentiment survey conducted by Property Week.
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As businesses ponder whether or not to bring their employees back to work, a wider debate about the longer-term plan for corporate office space is taking place: do companies stick with their traditional city HQ or shift to a hub-and-spoke model?
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Some of the UK’s biggest agency firms have delayed their 2020 graduate programmes until at least early in the new year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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House prices will rise 3% this year, despite rising unemployment and the onset of recession.
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COMMENT How we will work in the future and what kind of offices we will inhabit is the source of much speculation. With concerns raised about social distancing in offices, demand for long-lease traditional workspaces has slumped – as has the popularity of co-working for largely the same reason
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Retail jobs are being cut at the fastest pace in a decade as the government starts to withdraw its job retention scheme.
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Homeowners in the commuter towns of the southeast are cashing in and moving on.
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COMMENT Earlier this year the Treasury published a narrowly focused consultation document which may turn out to have a favourable impact on some property fund structures based in the UK.
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Global real estate prices have begun to adjust as the impact of the pandemic becomes clearer, UBS Asset Management has said.
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Big supermarkets are back in fashion as bidding wars become common for large sites.
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Remote working could cause a spike in London office vacancy rates.
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Editor: It is not unprecedented for planning reforms to be part of the government’s economic stimulus package, but these have tended to focus on housing. Meanwhile, logistics, which last year contributed £124bn (gross value added) to the economy, and directly supported almost one million jobs, often gets sidelined.
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Some 23% of build to rent investors are considering whether to put plans for acquisitions on hold, following economic uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic.
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Investors and agents are readying for a rise in sale and leaseback transactions after the summer, as companies look to free up cash and prepare to move on after the coronavirus pandemic.
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Investors and agents are readying for a rise in sale and leaseback transactions after the summer, as companies look to free up cash and prepare to move on after the coronavirus pandemic.
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Retail warehouse vacancy rates have risen to 7.8% at the end of Q2 2020, up from 7.6% at the turn of the year, according to the latest research published by Trevor Wood Associates.
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Concerns are mounting as 230,000 renters face losing their homes when the residential eviction ban ends this weekend.
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COMMENT: In many ways, our parks and green spaces have never been more important. The entire country has undergone a reset, and the experience of lockdown has made us appreciate the value of outdoor public space like never before.
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Sales of supermarkets and offices boosted commercial property investment in July to around £2bn, according to Colliers International.
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Amazon has issued a strong rebuttal to those who argue that the pandemic has killed the office.
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London residential rents have dropped by 4.2%.
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The future of the controversial Tulip tower depends on a weeks-long public inquiry in November, as its backers hope to overturn a decision that prevented planning permission for the skyscraper.
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Office rents in London are predicted to plummet by as much as 40% over the next year-and-a-half.
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Average commercial lease lengths in the UK have fallen to 27.4 months in June, reflecting an 18-month low.
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The UK housing market has had its busiest month in more than a decade as sales top £37bn.
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The chief executive of Brookfield Asset Management has cast doubts on whether workforces will turn away from city centres and offices after the coronavirus pandemic passes.
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Footfall in the London’s West End is down 63% on 2019 levels.
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UK investment volumes remained subdued in July with £2bn transacted during the month, according to Savills.
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Footfall in London’s West End has ticked up in the last week on the back of the government announcement encouraging people back into the office.
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University operators are hoping for a much-needed bounce in leasing deals over the next few weeks as a fresh wave of students prepare to start courses on the back of today’s A-level results.
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The housing market is facing “boom then bust”, according to estate agents.
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EDITOR’S COMMENT: In tough times, perspective is valuable. So it was a pleasure to catch up with Simon Silver this week as he announced his retirement from Derwent – a company of which he was a director back when I was playing with action figures.
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Homes could soon become literal powerhouses.
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The average age of first-time buyers has barely moved in more than a decade.
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Jobs have been lost in the UK during lockdown at the fastest pace since the financial crisis a decade ago.
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Banks, local authorities and the government must do more to incentivise people over 65 to move into more suitable homes, according to retirement living operator Guild Living.
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Nearly 80% of apartment tenants in the US have made full or partial payments this month, but many are paying by credit card.
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Retailers are enjoying a second month of growing sales as customers slowly return to the high streets.
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The chancellor’s cut to stamp duty has prompted bidding wars and a major increase in first time buyers.
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Property trade bodies have rallied to urge the government to stump up £1.75bn to pay 50% of unpaid rents across the hardest hit sectors to avoid a “rent crisis”.
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The industrial sector has posted capital value growth after four months of decline but offices continue to stagnate, according to the latest CBRE monthly index.
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China is set to pass legislation that will allow it to sweep away home owners to make way for new developments.
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One in three UK companies is preparing to cut jobs by the end of September.
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The economy will officially enter recession this week.
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Office lettings in London dropped off 57% in the second quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, according to research by DeVono Cresa.
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Investors are showing renewed appetite for UK residential REITs, according to new data from the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).
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Industry experts have criticised a regulatory proposal that would require investors to give six months’ notice before withdrawing their investments from open-ended property funds.
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The construction industry has recorded its strongest monthly rise in activity in nearly five years.
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If the global outbreak of Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that people need communities.
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Film and TV production studios are not usually viewed as a key focus for property investment, but the intensifying race for studio space after lockdown could signal their time to finally steal the spotlight.
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Investors are looking to put the breaks on pumping cash into proptech deals over the next 12 months, while start-ups are bracing themselves for a harder fundraising climate, new research shows.
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Just over a quarter of FTSE real estate companies have issued profit warnings during the first six months of the year, according to EY’s latest Profit Warnings Report.
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A new homes ombudsman with powers to fine or ban developers for substandard work is expected to come into force at the start of next year.
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The number of profit warnings issued by listed real estate companies rose fivefold in the first half of 2020 compared to last year, as Covid-19 forced investors and REITs to reassess their forecasts.
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Deteriorating relations between China and the UK have stoked fears that Chinese investors will pull the plug on UK property investment and office deals.

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COMMENT: The office sector is facing an “evolve or die” moment as it, like other sectors, faces unseen levels of disruption owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
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In recent months, the impact of Covid-19 has been acutely felt by the retail sector, an asset class that was already facing significant challenges before the global pandemic.
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Around 6,500 homes have been identified as at risk of closure in the next five years, equivalent to 140,000 beds, according to new research by Knight Frank.
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COMMENT Depending on your point of view, the present is either a challenging time for commercial real estate, or an exciting one. The entire sector has been upended, as the world questions if offices are even necessary anymore. On the other hand, this turbulence presents an opportunity for the sector to reinvent itself and delivers opportunities for growth that simply can’t be matched by working-from-home.
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The number of completed build to rent homes has grown 37% in the last year to some 47,754 homes.
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The UK’s senior living sector is expected to grow by 10% by 2025 with 800,000 units, according to Knight Frank.
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The number of build-to-rent homes that are complete, under construction or in planning has jumped 22% in the last year, according to new research from the British Property Federation (BPF).
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The ‘mini-boom’ in house sales prompted by the chancellors stamp duty cut might not be all it is cracked up to be.
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has awarded £900m to major sustainable housing and infrastructure projects.
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Investors in commercial property funds should have to wait six months to get their hands on cash.
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London risks losing its aura as a “fun” place to work, according to a senior economist.
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Two ex-Amazon heads of Europe are to lead Scannell International, a new European industrial real estate development company created by American industrial developer Scannell Properties.
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Landowners are cashing in on the Great Staycation by hastily throwing up holiday accommodation.
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The Financial Conduct Authority has launched a fresh consultation on open-ended property funds that could see investors forced to give up to six months’ notice to cash in units.
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The Covid-19 crisis has pushed up vacancy rates across Britain’s retail sector, with Greater London being the worst-affected region.
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Lloyds has predicted that house prices could fall by 10%, coupled with 20% falls in commercial values.
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Global markets retreated yesterday after the US and German officially entered recession.
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Shopping centre footfall is down 40% year on year – twice as much as retail park footfall, reveals exclusive data from property management firm Workman.
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Rent-free incentive periods in the London office market spiked in Q2 2020 and rents showed just a small drop on Q1 of 1%, according to EG’s panel of agency experts.
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Total city centre office take-up in Liverpool fell by 61% to 20,000 sq ft in Q2 as coronavirus slammed the breaks on transactions.
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Quarterly real estate transactions in Europe have plummeted to the lowest level in six years, as the Covid-19 pandemic put the brakes on investment.
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Commercial rents are expected to dive this year as the fallout from the pandemic takes its toll.
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Confidence in the UK’s office leasing market has wavered after signs of an uptick, according to Avison Young’s newly launched commercial real estate market activity index.
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Rents are set to plunge across the office and retail sectors in the short-term, according to a closely-followed survey released today by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
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Green shoots have started to show in the housing market, from an uptick in mortgage enquiries, renewed interest in certain properties such as houses with gardens, and big statements of confidence from major housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey.
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A Hong Kong property tycoon wants to build a new city in Ireland to host 50,000 emigrants from the Chinese island.
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Retail sales have recovered at their highest rate in more than a year.
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The office market is going to become hospitality-focused in a post-pandemic world, chief executive and founder of Hubble Tushar Agarwal said at a panel event last week.
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A poll conducted by the City of London Corporation has revealed that 99% of global investors are still keen to invest in London, with 79% actively doing so.
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RICS has set up an independent evaluation service to help ease tensions between commercial landlords and tenants during Covid-19.
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COMMENT It’s not very often I say this, but the new permitted development rights for upwards extensions is a defining moment for the housebuilding industry. It is another step closer to making airspace development an asset class in its own right.
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Britain’s hospitality sector has suffered a “catastrophic” collapse in sales of almost £30bn in Q2.
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Ministers are drawing up plans to extend the Help to Buy scheme beyond its December deadline.
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Four out of five global investors are continuing to put money into or are planning new moves in London after the pandemic has subsided.
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An upcoming coronavirus-fuelled recession would wipe out £5.7bn from residential landlords’ rental earnings by 2024.
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A cross-party group of MPs has called on the government to boost social rented housing by an extra 90,000 homes a year with a £10bn annual grant.
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As enquiries for satellite office locations make a comeback, could we all end up working in local offices?
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High street casual dining chains have “no future” after coronavirus, according to former PizzaExpress boss Hugh Osmond.
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Housing market transactions should be back to normal soon according to Knight Frank.
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Do my eyes deceive me? Is that light I spy at the end of the tunnel? This week, there was cause for cautious optimism on several fronts.

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The pandemic has helped push a further 33,000 UK businesses into significant financial distress since the start of 2020, taking the total number of firms in financial trouble to a record 527,000.
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Green shoots are appearing in the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) lending sector after a near-shutdown in the real estate debt market at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Three months ago, 30 flexible workspace operators wrote to chancellor Rishi Sunak begging for business rates relief and warning that hundreds of businesses would go under as a result of Covid-19 without help.
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This week’s edition takes a look at protecting our greatest assets, our natural assets, the beautiful spaces that we have in the UK. As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, more and more of us are getting out to some of the country’s most beautiful outdoor places – with most of real estate, it seems, heading to Devon and Cornwall from the conversations I’ve been having this week.
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Hongkongers unnerved by the new security law are looking to buy “cheap” UK properties.
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Cadogan and the Howard de Walden Estate have joined a growing list of major landlords to switch tenants to turnover-based rents in a bid to help them survive Covid-19.
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“How did you go bankrupt?” “Two ways. Gradually and then suddenly” is a quote from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
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Hundreds of jobs at the top property agencies have been put at risk in recent weeks, with JLL and Knight Frank the latest to join a growing list of firms eyeing job cuts to reshape their post-coronavirus businesses.
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Putting pound signs on the economic and social benefits that come from real estate is a tricky and delicate undertaking, but land management charity the Land Trust has not shied from giving it a shot.
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Total UK commercial property investment volume in Q2 2020 is likely to plummet by 72% compared with Q2 last year, making it the lowest quarter for investment on record.
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Shops should be allowed to shut and town centres should be turned into residential hubs, according to a new report.
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The government has postponed the business rates revaluation for two years to gain a wider review of the firms affected by Covid-19.
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COMMENT The recent Stamp Duty Land Tax cut can support the sales market, but with 4.5m UK households currently in rented accommodation, and with demand for rental homes predicted to rise to 7.2m households by 2025, it’s imperative that the UK private rented sector is also supported.
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In the third and final article in their lease series, Jennifer Ayris and Guy Whitehead look at how Covid-19 has affected the industrial sector.
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Property investors have suffered a £1.5bn shortfall in rental income due for the second quarter.
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The economy has recovered half of the output lost during lockdown.
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Comment: While most recent rent collection figures for many sectors have made for disappointing reading, at 63% for retail, 82% for logistics and 90% for offices, according to a Q2 2020 CBRE report, residential rental incomes have remained resilient, averaging 96%.
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House prices have been pushed to a record high after a loosening of mortgage terms and the chancellor’s stamp duty holiday.
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COMMENT The 2008 global financial crisis was credited with accelerating fintech and transforming the previously stagnant financial sector. Now, Covid-19 is set to do the same with proptech in commercial real estate, and the effects will be even more far reaching.
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COMMENT Over the past half decade we have seen a remarkable rise in environmental, social and governance criteria. The ESG investment market has an estimated $30tn (£24tn) in AUM, accounts for around one-third of all professionally managed assets around the world, and since 2015 more than 1,000 funds that focus on ESG investment principles have opened. Most now find themselves in uncharted territory as markets crash.
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Managed pub, bar and restaurant groups that had sites open in England in the first week after lockdown was lifted have reported collective like-for-like sales 39.8% down on the same week last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker
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There is a major imbalance between the number of senior living units needed and the number currently being delivered, according to exclusive data compiled by Irwin Mitchell and Knight Frank. The research also shows that while some local authorities appear to be getting to grips with the situation, others are lagging behind.
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Demand for data centres has heightened during the lockdown, with huge schemes set to transform industrial areas in London and the commuter belt.
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The stamp duty cut has seen a surge of interest in London’s commuter belt.
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There has been a sharp fall in UK real estate investment as a result of ‘a temporary lack of valuation transparency’ but experts say this has been partly mitigated by a significant increase in indirect investment through the public markets.
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Editor’s comment: So it seems that so far 2020 – from an investment point of view – hasn’t been that bad. European transactional figures, according to CBRE’s number crunchers, are only down by 2%, with €129bn (£117bn) traded.
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Successful property strategies are all about understanding customer needs and delivering best-in-class services that reflect those needs.
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Just 48% of retail rents have been collected since June rent quarter day, up from the 47% collected by retail landlords at the equivalent period in March, Property Week can reveal.
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The London investment market has been given a further post-lockdown lift through the sale of an Aldgate development site with permission for a 14-storey office.
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Calls on the government for a rent support scheme to stop a tidal wave of CVAs in the retail and hospitality sectors have intensified following the chancellor’s failure to include any rent relief measures in the summer statement.
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A plan to sell 15% of state-owned car parks could free up land for 110,000 homes.
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Commentary around the short-to-medium term future of the real estate sector does not make for comfortable reading. Headlines describing the desperate state of the retail market, casting doubt on the future of office space and speculating on the future of the hospitality industry are bleak. There is one clear exception – the build to rent sector. Having enjoyed gradual but sustained growth for a number of years, with a real acceleration in demand through 2019 and early 2020, BTR is proving to be an asset class in a class of its own. In a market challenged on almost all sides, could BTR be a much-needed glimmer of hope?
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COMMENT: Cities have existed since around 5000 BC, when the first were founded in what is now modern Iraq. Since then, mankind has been on a slow but steady journey of urbanisation – a trend that then exploded following the industrial revolution.
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The study of 3000 workers reveals that, while employees show a strong affinity for the office, they also desire the ability to have the option to work from home one to two days per week on average.
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A rise in real estate investment during June suggests the market is stabilising after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to analysts at Savills.
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Retail sales rose by 3.4% in June as shoppers slowly returned to the high street.
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Footfall on the UK’s high streets has remained at half last year’s levels since the lifting of lockdown.
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Total investment in UK real estate for the first half of this year plunged 16% when compared to total investment for the first half of 2019.
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London office leasing deals are hanging in the balance as ‘zombie occupiers’ rethink their space requirements in light of Covid-19.
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COMMENT: In this period of post-pandemic shock, there is a growing sense that our experience of Covid-19 must revolutionise something.
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House prices are expected to fall 5% this year and a further 10.6% in 2021
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Housebuilder share prices soared by an average of 18% between April and June as the stock market showed renewed confidence in the sector as the lockdown lull ends.
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CBRE has started redundancies across its UK advisory business as part of a restructure of the business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Investment in the emerging build-to-rent sector in the second quarter of 2020 fell the lowest level on record, with just £83m committed in two deals.
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The number of homes for sale has stayed close to record lows despite a recovery in demand.
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Housing associations Notting Hill Genesis and A2Dominion have put three development blocks up for sale for more than £180m, as the shared ownership market flounders.
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Covid-19 has delayed the recovery of the prime central London residential market to 2021, according to new research from Savills.
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Occupier take-up of grade A logistics floorspace in the first half of 2020 was in line with the same period last year, according to research from JLL.
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The chancellor’s stamp duty cuts are more likely to benefit buy-to-let landlords and second home hunters than first time buyers.
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Turnover-based rents in the retail and leisure sector are not new. But judging by media coverage in recent weeks, suddenly they seem to be everyone’s favourite route forward for the post-coronavirus world.
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The UK’s residential market is missing out on billions of pounds of potential investment because of a lack of suitable investable vehicles.
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Capital values across the UK’s commercial property sectors weakened by 3.8% during the second quarter, after dipping by 0.7% in June.
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Take-up has hit a record level for industrial and logistics spaces measuring more than 100,000 sq ft during H1 this year, according to new research from Savills.
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Lockdown has seen plans for data centres explode, with the number of applications for new data centres during this period surpassing 2019 figures.
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Spending has increased threefold with the reopening of pubs and restaurants, but is still half of last year’s “normal” levels.
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COMMENT Less than a month ago, I had the pleasure of being on the panel of a webinar organised by Knight Frank and IPSX which debated the question: “Is now the right time to re-enter the real estate investment market?”
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Accountancy’s Big Four have been given just four years to seal off their audit practices.
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Hammerson and Shaftesbury were among the biggest REIT fallers on the FTSE 250 today, as the stock exchange’s resurgence this week showed signs of easing.
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The National Trust is calling for 600 new “street parks”, filled with fruit trees, to be created in the “grey deserts” of Britain’s cities.
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Savills’ latest research report has ranked London as the most resilient investment market during Covid-19.
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The construction sector rebounded in June on the back of renewed housebuilding.
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The chancellor has drawn up plans to exempt most homebuyers from paying any stamp duty to help kick-start the Covid ravaged economy.
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Retailers will surely have been relieved to see shoppers return after lockdown restrictions were eased. It’s still too early to fully understand what damage three months of trading exclusively online (if at all) has caused — and, despite the crowds, many are fearful about how the rest of the year will shape up.
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Britain’s economy is regaining momentum as the lockdown is lifted, according to real-time data.
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Commercial occupiers in the UK have now paid 46% of June quarterly rents owed, up from 18.2% a week ago.
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Leading retail landlords have to date collected less rent following the June quarter day than they did at the March quarter day, with experts warning that negotiations between property owners and tenants are vital to prevent a similar situation in September.
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House prices suffered their first annual fall in eight years as the lockdown brought activity to a standstill.
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Hammerson’s near-8% share price increase today took it almost to the top of the FTSE 250 risers – it ended second only to security services company G4S, which was up by 9.2%.
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I want to go against the current – and surprising – trend among some property industry experts for extolling the virtues of working from home and sounding the death knell of the office.
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Hammerson and Capital & Regional were two of the biggest fallers among the listed REITs today, as shopping centre landlord intu’s collapse continues to reverberate throughout the retail sector.
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The yield gap between prime industrial and shopping centre yields in mainland Europe has closed for the first time, according to new data from Savills.
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Over the past few months, Covid-19 has taken the world by storm with one of the sharpest supply-side economic shocks ever witnessed in modern times.
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The world’s tallest hybrid timber tower could soon sprout above Sydney.
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Less than 20% of commercial rents in the UK were collected by landlords on June quarter day, according to initial data that suggests a stark slump in tenants paying their bills during the Covid-19 downturn.
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Institutional property investment in the UK has historically given residential a wide berth.
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Vacant shops will be used as walk-in Covid testing centres.
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LISTEN With more than 150,000 build-to-rent homes now occupied, under construction or in planning, activity in the sector is fast catching up with the attention it has long drawn from developers, advisers, investors and lenders. But one voice too often missing from debate and discussion is that of the renter. What are their concerns and aspirations? And are they happy with the product they are paying for?
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Brexit is once again starting to rise up the agendas of real estate investors after being pushed to the sidelines by Covid-19, according to new research from UBS.
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Demand for London’s skyscrapers could slump after the pandemic as big business moves away from big offices.
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The UK residential property market has experienced a surge in activity since lockdown restrictions were eased, with offers accepted in the UK in the week ending 20 June reaching a record number.
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Almost £3bn of commercial real estate assets have been pulled from the UK market since the start of the year.
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Britain should invest in small “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects to boost the economy.
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The ban on the mass-marketing of minibonds will be permanent.
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Research from the British Retail Consortium reveals a high street vacancy rate of 12.3% in March 2020. With several major retailers falling into administration during lockdown, the figures for June are likely to be much higher.
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COMMENT Estate agents and removal firms have returned to work under the government’s plans to reinvigorate the housing market. This offers a glimmer of hope, but how will the market look when the Covid crisis abates and the economy reboots?
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While Covid-19 at its core is a public health crisis, there is no doubt that the resulting global pandemic and economic fallout has left the real estate industry with much to ponder.
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Companies are likely to stick with their traditional city centre offices once the coronavirus pandemic passes, according to the team at real estate investment house Mayfair Capital – even if staff spend less time in them.
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Private rents have reached record highs during the lockdown.
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Britain’s economy will shrink by 8% this year, but it should rebound faster than expected.
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The housing market is emerging strongly form lockdown as asking prices rise 2% higher than March.
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Morgan Stanley is still holding out for a v-shaped recovery.
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The government should look at creating pension superfunds to invest in major infrastructure projects.
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COMMENT In history, 2020 will be remembered as the year that brought in a decade of transition in a matter of weeks. This year we’ve been questioning everything from the state of our health and our economies to our societies and social structures. The questions about proptech’s future were already trending in 2019 after WeWork’s dismal performance. Is proptech still a good investment?
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Footfall across the UK’s retail locations plunged by 81.6% in May owing to the Covid-19 lockdown – a shallower decline than the previous month.
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Office space requirements in the UK could drop by up to 50% post-lockdown as occupiers begin to ramp up their permanent flexible working offerings, a report by Instant Offices shows.
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London’s office market looks set to have had a dismal second quarter of take-up, but agents hope that a number of active big-ticket requirements will kick-start the market again heading into the second half and beyond.
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Britain’s biggest retirement living housebuilder McCarthy & Stone has had the unenviable task of trying to protect thousands of residents living in the company’s 441 retirement communities across the UK from Covid-19.
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Bank lending to small medium enterprises (SMEs) in construction dropped 26% year on year for the month of April, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Youn
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Britain’s hotel owners have been among the worst-hit real estate victims in the Covid-19 crisis. Now, after more than two months of lockdown, many are planning their reopening strategies and hoping business will bounce back quickly
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A new bill set to pass through the House of Lords tomorrow will further weaken the position of commercial landlords during the coronavirus crisis, claims accountancy group Moore.
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Knight Frank’s usually-bustling Baker Street headquarters was eerily quiet at the end of March, as Britain entered lockdown and employees started to work from home. Just a handful of staff were still left in the building.
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Demand for industrial and logistics space continues to grow apace as occupiers line up to take large, long-term leases across the country despite, or sometimes because of, the coronavirus pandemic.
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The chief executive of one of the UK’s largest property companies has warned that demand for secondary office stock will plummet as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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COMMENT The world we live in has changed. There are now more of us than ever before, with many having only known a digital age where 24/7 connectivity is a given. Technology permeates into every aspect of our lives.
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UK property fund returns hit their lowest level in 11 years during the quarter to the end of March, according to the MSCI/AREF UK Quarterly Property Fund Index.
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Asset managers raised more than €200bn (£175bn) in 2019 to invest in real estate – up 24% on the amount raised in 2018.
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Real estate must prepare for its most painful recession yet, with the International Monetary Fund warning that the global economy is entering the worst downturn since the Great Depression.
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The UK hospitality sector could be facing a “bloodbath” unless urgent action is taken to support struggling businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic, advisers and operators have warned.
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Social distancing has thrown the whole concept of co-living into question.
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A survey of real estate lenders conducted at the end of January showed that very few foresaw the potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
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The full extent of the shortfall in rent received by landlords as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear this week.
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Intu has threatened to serve ’statutory demands’ to some tenants that have refused to pay their quarterly rent.
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Retirement living operators are calling on the government to classify any move into retirement housing as a ‘critical home move’ as sales and lettings in the sector dwindle to nothing following the government’s advice last week to put all but critical moves on hold.
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SoftBank has walked away from buying $3bn (£2.4bn) of WeWork stock.
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The heads of more than 30 flexible workspace businesses have written to chancellor Rishi Sunak warning “hundreds” of operators could go under because of declining membership in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Cognitive buildings are increasingly commonplace thanks to the development of technologies that are delivering greater levels of operational control.
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The Covid-19 outbreak will drive over 5m sq ft of industrial and logistics requirements, according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s (LSH’s) latest industrial and logistics report.
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Two property funds have become the first to “gate” as a result of the wild market swings caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
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When the West Midlands town of Bromsgrove was ranked the 7th best place to start a company in the UK in 2019, eyebrows were raised. Ranking above major cities including Edinburgh, experts quickly warned that “zombie companies” could have artificially inflated the results of Companies House data compiled by The Centre for Entrepreneurs research. But the horse had well and truly bolted. Headlines such as ‘welcome to Bromsgrove, the start-up hub’ were already out there and so a movement began. A movement that sparked a fresh focus on the UK’s most techy towns. Here are five of Britain’s most unexpected tech hubs that prove you don’t need to live and work in a major city to be part of the digital revolution.
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Coronavirus could end up having a much bigger impact on the property industry than just the postponement of Mipim.
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Noteholders in a CMBS dating back to before the financial crisis have cut their losses and agreed to a £120m sale of the underlying properties.
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Knight Frank, Grosvenor and Landsec are among the major firms pulling out of this year’s MIPIM conference, in response to the growing number of global coronavirus cases.
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The UK is leading proptech investment into Europe and has attracted five times more investment than Germany, according to a new report by the University of Oxford.
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The value of prime central London residential development land fell by 2% last year.
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Investment in the UK’s build-to-rent sector fell to €5.9bn (£4.95bn) in 2019, down by 14% on the previous year, as investors held off amid political uncertainty.
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The number of private landlords has hit a seven-year low with 222,570 leaving the sector as the government cuts tax reliefs and increases the regulatory burden.
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The number of short-term residential lettings in London has surged fourfold to 80,770 homes, up from 18,440 in April 2015.
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If your only experience of hostels is creaking beds, grubby bathrooms, ramshackle common spaces and hungover reception staff, then you are seriously behind the times.
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“We’re now going to sealed bids on houses that we couldn’t get a single viewing for a few months ago.” This view from a south London estate agent is no flash in the pan. After many months in the deep freeze, the capital’s housing market seems to have thawed.
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Last year saw the second highest level of student accommodation investment on record, with transactions reaching a total of £5.2bn.
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Investment in the UK hotel sector in 2019 reached £6bn, an increase of 26%, according to the report ‘UK Hotel Capital Markets: Investment Review 2020’, published by Knight Frank.
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Co-living has grown up and moved out of London – and a flurry of applications from developers across the country make efforts in the capital seem tame.
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The largest real estate transaction using blockchain currency has been made, with investor BrickMark purchasing an office in Zurich, Switzerland, for CHF 130m (£103m).
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Commercial real estate investment volumes in the UK dropped by 19% in 2019, reflecting investor caution amid political uncertainty.
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Cheung Chung-kiu in process of buying 45-room property overlooking Hyde Park
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Europe is likely to attract a sizeable chunk of almost €100bn of new money ploughed into real estate in 2020 – a year in which investors are set to move up the risk curve in their ongoing hunt for returns.
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Withdrawals from property funds fell sharply following the Conservative Party’s decisive victory in the general election last month.
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Investment from South Korea into Europe is expected to slow down in the first quarter of 2020 after it grew by 122% year-on-year in 2019 to €12.5bn (£10.6bn).
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Investment into London hotels could reach around £1.5bn in the first quarter of 2020, according to research from Savills.
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It was the sector that could do no wrong. Not any longer. Last week, Property Week broke the news that flexible workspace providers Campfire and Prospect Business Centres had closed sites in London due to fierce competition.
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The end of Help to Buy is fast approaching. It feels symbolic, reflecting the UK population’s shifting attitudes away from an occupier-owner model to that of private renter. From 18-year-olds heading to university through to retirees looking to downsize, the UK residential landscape is undergoing seismic change.
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UK house prices have fallen as sellers hold back ahead of the December 12 election.
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Two years since the introduction of permitted development rights (PDR), aimed at making it quicker and easier to convert light industrial units (class B1[C]) of less than 500 sq m (5,382 sq ft) into residential units (class C3), the scheme has not had anywhere near the take-up the government was hoping for.
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Student accommodation in Leeds had the highest annual rental growth among regional university cities during the academic year 2019/20, according to Knight Frank.
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The real estate’s confidence in investor and developer finance from overseas has plummeted in the last six months in the face of global economic and political uncertainty.


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Blackfriars Road in Southwark has joined the ranks of Mayfair and Chelsea by recording more £5m-plus sales than any other address in the country.
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The real estate industry is making slow progress in adopting enterprise-wide proptech strategies, according to the findings of KPMG’s third PropTech report
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Labour’s plans to introduce a right to buy scheme for private sector landlords would obliterate the PRS sector, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned.
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It’s an exciting time to be in commercial real estate. Emerging technologies that leverage data, analytics and insights are beginning to transform the industry. In fact, now is a great time to be adopting the latest evolution of machine learning and AI, since it has already been battle-tested by other industries.
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London’s build-to-rent (BTR) market has taken a pause for breath. Both the number of sales to BTR investors and the number of schemes starting on site have fallen in recent months, according to data published by Molior London earlier this month.
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Investment into commercial real estate in the UK during the first half of this year was at its lowest in almost a decade – £19.7bn compared with £28.9bn a year ago, and 4% below the long-term average.
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When CBRE announced its acquisition bid for Telford Homes, it took the industry by surprise. Few expected the world’s largest agent to acquire a London residential developer at this point in the cycle. But, in reality, CBRE’s £267.4m investment is a reflection of how US capital is being increasingly drawn to the UK’s expanding build-to-rent market in new and different ways.
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Average all-property prime yields hit 4.9% in July, the highest level since November 2016, according to research conducted by Savills.
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Shares in the UK’s biggest REITs took a tumble yesterday after weak interim results from intu sparked a sell-off.
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Investment in London’s build-to-rent (BTR) sector rose 85% last year pushing it up two places to become the fourth best performing in Europe, according to JLL’s new European Multifamily Report.
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Central London office investment is set to drop by almost 40% year on year for the first half of 2019, according to JLL.
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The average property prime yield remained stable at 4.87% in June 2019, according to real estate advisor Savills.
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The next major end-of-cycle crash in commercial property values will almost certainly not happen for some time. But if I am wrong and the crash is imminent, the way the market is behaving is very definitely different this time.
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Westminster City Council has invoked “Article 4” powers to ban permitted development right schemes.
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Net additions to London’s housing stock fell by 20% last year following a sharp fall in office-to-residential conversions, according to Knight Frank.
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Fourfront, Loop, Coriolis, ThirdWay and Oakley have agreed to pay £7m in fines after admitting their involvement in a cartel.
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COMMENT: “Friday’s good, but Monday’s better,” is a favourite saying of John Burns.
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Central London is still the world’s leading destination for commercial real estate investment, with £16.2bn invested last year, according to Knight Frank.
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Since the global financial crisis, Britain’s GDP has lagged perilously behind that of the other G7 economies. Despite working more hours than the US, Germany and France, Britain falls significantly short when compared with their productivity levels. Brexit aside, I believe this is our biggest issue as a country.
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Fundraising is down, but debt remains a ‘great place to hide out’
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COMMENT Making predictions is never easy; doing so in 2019 looks like a mug’s game. While you write your own punchline to that, I’ll have a go. My only advantage is that I’m doing so from the 18th floor of 22 Bishopsgate, EC2. The view of London is extensive, with sight of the issues that will affect real estate in 2019 nationally.
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New images of what the City of London cluster will look like in 2026 have been released by the City of London Corporation as consultations on two major plans for the area come close to finishing.
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UK investors have been tempted back to the London office investment market in 2018 during a relatively stable year for commercial property, despite Brexit uncertainty.
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A trio of senior figures at BNP Paribas Real Estate have left the business as part of a round of redundancies.
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Looking to the next decade of real estate financing, a number of factors are on the minds of lenders and borrowers including the rise in the volume of debt finance and the impact that technology may play.
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Shares in housebuilders fell dramatically this morning as Taylor Wimpey, Berkeley Group, Barratt Developments and Persimmon all saw loses of nearly 10% in morning trading as the UK was thrown into political turmoil over Brexit.
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Completed London office space hit its highest level since 2004 between April and September this year in a period which also saw new construction starts rise by almost a quarter on the previous six months.
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FUTURE OF LONDON “Foreign capital has never gone away. We just advised on the sale of 125 Old Broad Street, next to the Bank of England, for £385m to Singapore-listed City Developments.”
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You will be forgiven if during the process of reading this you have an overwhelming sense of déjà vu, as London office market activity between July and September showed some strikingly similar statistical patterns to last quarter’s figures.
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Almacantar has disinstructed the sales agents for its flats at its iconic luxury residential Centre Point development as the offers currently being made are “detached from reality”.
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No deals were recorded in the UK real estate market by mainland Chinese investors in the third quarter – the first time since Q2 2015.
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For any transaction to be successful, trust is vital. From marriage vows to rental agreements, employment contracts to doctor-patient confidentiality, trust is the foundation stone upon which we build our personal and professional relationships.
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Average property yields have fallen to their lowest point in more than a decade, according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s Q2 UK Investment Transactions report.
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Prime London residential prices fell by 3% in Q1 2018 while the average discount to asking price was 12.1%, according to new research from Coutts.
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Saudi Arabia is on the brink of an unparalleled upsurge in its overseas investment activity and real estate is set to be a major beneficiary.
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South East office investment grew 22.3% to £559m in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year, and was 73% up on the 10-year first quarter average, according to new research from BNP Paribas Real Estate.
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The private rented sector must undergo radical reforms to make it fit for millennials who face a lifetime of renting, according to a report by Resolution Foundation.
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Take-up of office space across central London totalled 2.3m sq ft in the first quarter of 2018, according to JLL – a 14% rise year-on-year.
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The total number of build-to-rent homes completed, under construction and in planning across the UK has increased by 30% in the past year.
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The majority of real estate professionals expect the amount of Asian capital invested into the European real estate market to increase over the coming two years with the UK being the top destination for investment.
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The UK property market proved resilient last year, exceeding most expectations against the threat of political turmoil and drops in domestic spending.
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More than 90% of MPs think that converting empty spaces above shops could help reverse the current housing shortage, research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.
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Development of new offices in central London has declined, according to the latest London Office Crane Survey by Deloitte Real Estate.
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More than half the £5.9bn of London office assets that were on the market in May have failed to sell six months later, according to analysis by Great Portland Estates.
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The number of developers submitting plans for residential development crashed by 31% in the third quarter, year-on-year, EG’s first UK Planning Update shows, as the government gears up to announce ambitious housing targets in the 2017 Budget.
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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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