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Chopard will pay the Pollen Estate a record rent to secure its long-term future in New Bond Street.
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European industrial and logistics have found favour with investors in Q1, with transactions increasing by 111% compared with the same quarter last year to €3bn (£2.5bn) according to research from Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Financial distress in real estate companies rose 24% to 227 cases nationwide in Q1 2013 compared with the same period last year, according to insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor.
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Retailers could take as much as 50m sq ft of warehouse space over the next five years, driven by the growth of online retailing, says Savills.
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The UK's real estate finance market could be at the early stages of a "CMBS revival", according to Knight Frank.
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Office rents in Mayfair and St James's, are set to be pushed up to £118 per sq ft by 2017, due to a shortage of prime supply.
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German financial regulator BaFin has “alarmed” the European real estate sector with controversial proposals for REITs.
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London will see 13,100 more student beds developed by 2015, as strong appetite for the student housing market continues. Some 3,000 beds are on track to be delivered this year, 6,300 in 2014 and 3,800 in 2015, CBRE has calculated.
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This year could be the "turning point" for UK secondary property, which could start to outperform prime, according to research from Aviva Investors. The firm has plans to start raising a UK secondary property fund in 2013, as revealed by Estates Gazette in November.
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Trevor Wood Associates has reported empty space on Britain’s retail parks climbed the fastest last year since 2008.
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Investors are likely to be keener to buy European non-performing loans this year in an effort to increase returns, according to Ernst & Young's 2013 non-performing loan report. Europe is growing as an NPL market, with an estimated €1trn of NPLs now on the balance sheets of the region's banks.
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UK property returned 1.1% in the first three months of 2013, an increase of 0.5% since the last quarter, according to IPD's latest figures. Income returns held steady at 1.7% while capital values fell by 0.6%, a slower rate of decline than has been noted in previous quarters. Rents fell slightly, by 0.1%.
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Hotel investment volumes soared during the first quarter compared with the same period last year, Savills has reported.
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Speculative development in the West End dropped 10% in the first quarter. There was 1.8m sq ft of speculative development under way in the first three months of the year, down from 2m sq ft in Q1 2012.
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Turnover in the Irish commercial investment property sector reached £287m (€336m) in the first quarter of 2013.
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The biggest retail insolvencies have lost landlords and other creditors a fortune, the latest data from Company Watch shows.
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International buyers accounted for 71% of the £2.75bn of commercial property sales in the first quarter, says Cushman & Wakefield.
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Overseas buyers accounted for 71% of central London investment volumes in the first quarter, despite a shortage of stock constraining activity, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Around £2.8bn of central London stock was traded in the first three months of the year, down by 31% on the previous quarter due to the dearth of buildings in the market, the agent said
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CBRE says about 30 institutions, including British pension funds, plan to develop or buy blocks of homes to let.
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The number of hotels in distress has leapt almost fourfold in the past year, Begbies Traynor’s Red Flag Alert identifies.
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