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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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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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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 stamp duty cut has seen a surge of interest in London’s commuter belt.
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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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Successful property strategies are all about understanding customer needs and delivering best-in-class services that reflect those needs.
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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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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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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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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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A plan to sell 15% of state-owned car parks could free up land for 110,000 homes.
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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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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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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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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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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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