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Cranes are “shooting up” across London as previously mothballed developments – many for flats – get under way, reports The Guardian.
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European retail real estate investment volume in the fourth quarter in 2012 reached €7.6bn (£6.4bn) - down 11% on the previous year. According to Jones Lang LaSalle, retail real estate investment in Europe in Q4 2011 stood at €8.5bn.
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Investment in the student housing market soared to a record £2.7bn in 2012, despite a drop in student numbers.
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London ranks third among the top cities for investment among real estate professionals surveyed, according to PwC's and the Urban Land Institute (ULI)'s Emerging Trends in Real Estate, Europe report, released today.
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British commercial property values fell 0.3% last month, figures from data provider IPD show.
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Overseas buyers poured £2.2bn into new-build London homes last year, research from Knight Frank shows.
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UK property values fell by 0.3% in December, while headline values fell by 4.2% for 2012 as a whole, according to IPD UK's monthly index.
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High leverage has been "horribly damaging" to the performance of European property funds over the past decade, according to new research from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
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An exceptional run in to 2012 helped push global commercial real estate investment volumes to $436bn (£271.6bn), according to Jones Lang LaSalle. The total volume was up marginally on 2011 and by 36% on 2010 after concerns over the US fiscal cliff and pent up demand lifted Q4 volumes to $141bn, $22bn higher than the same period last year.
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The buy-to-let market looks set to expand further with more than half of landlords planning to increase their property portfolios over the next six months. According to research of 218 investors by specialist mortgage broker Mortgages for Business, landlord appetite for more purchases stems from the attractive yields available on residential investments.
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Tenants in severe arrears have fallen for the first time in more than a year, Templeton LPA Receivers says.
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Central London office take-up rose 10% in the final quarter last year, bolstered by a number of City deals. Take-up reached 2.4m sq ft in Q4 2012, according to data from BNP Paribas Real Estate.
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Investment deals in the City of London during 2012 were expected to reach up to £10bn, making it the biggest year for City investment since 2006, according to Jones Lang LaSalle research.
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Office development in the capital remained flat in the second half of 2012, with tenant demand remaining subdued apart from a few bright spots.
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Central London construction activity has picked up with 25 construction starts in the past six months, according to Drivers Jonas Deloitte's Winter 2012 Crane Survey.
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Balanced fund managers are investing more heavily in alternative assets such as leisure and healthcare, according to the Association of Real Estate Funds' Investment Quarterly.
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Autumn Statement will bring tax breaks for cross-REIT investment, but no social housing REIT

The government is poised to make a key change to the REIT regime, but is thought unlikely to introduce social housing REITs.
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Insurance companies will increase their lending to UK commercial real estate by £28.1bn in the next five years, according to new research by law firm DLA Piper.
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The average deal size increased by 45% this quarter, emphasising the two tier nature of the market. Investors continue to purchase trophy and prime assets in London, while regional investment activity remains muted, a report by Lambert Smith Hampton has found.
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Despite the global uncertainty, UK investment has been consistent so far in 2012 Q3 2012 activity of £8.51bn saw a slight decrease of minus 5% from Q2 2012 of £8.96bn. However, it was an increase of 18.8% from the same time last year (Q3 2011 £7.16bn).
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