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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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The average property prime yield remained stable at 4.87% in June 2019, according to real estate advisor Savills.
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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 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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The gap between target investor allocations to real estate and actual allocations has narrowed significantly, according to the latest INREV investment intentions survey.
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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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