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Currency hedging improves risk-adjusted performance for real estate investment funds

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:43

Non-listed real estate funds that use currency hedging strategies have experienced a reduction in risk of between 25 per cent and 36 per cent compared with unhedged funds, according to research commissioned by INREV and carried out by academics at Western Sydney University.  »

Long-term trends support alternative sectors in Europe, says Savills IM

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 09:17

Long-term trends in urbanisation and demographics will boost the alternative segments of Europe’s property market, which includes the private rented sector (PRS), student accommodation, care homes and hospitality, according to Savills Investment Management. »

Australia preferred commercial real estate market in Asia Pacific, says SLI

Mon, 20/03/2017 - 08:47

Standard Life Investments (SLI) expects Sydney and Melbourne office space to be the top performers in Asia Pacific commercial real estate in 2017. »

International buyers invest GBP7.7bn in Central London offices in 2016

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 10:13

A total of GBP7.7 billion was invested by international investors into the Central London office market during 2016, according to analysis by Schroders, on behalf of its Central London real estate fund WELPUT. »

Swedish real estate companies increasingly upbeat about credit market, says Catella

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 09:36

The March issue of the Swedish Catella Real Estate Debt Indicator shows an improvement in the CREDI Main Index from 44.4 to 46.5, driven by more positive perceptions among property companies, which believe access to debt finance has significantly improved. »

UK consumers increasingly cautious about taking investment risks

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:59

UK consumers have become increasingly cautious in making investment decisions, with just 13 per cent always willing to take risks in order to get the best return on their money, according to peer to business property lender Credit Peers. »

Brexit ‘boosting attractiveness of Germany’s office market’

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 12:27

The Brexit vote is driving greater demand for office space in Germany, particularly in the “big five” cities of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Cologne. »

USD435bn of new capital available for real estate investment

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 10:43

The amount of new capital available for global real estate investment in 2017 stands at USD435 billion – a small drop on last year’s peak but the second-highest figure recorded since 2009, according to research from Cushman & Wakefield. »

Urban logistics set for growth as online share of retail market grows, says Savills IM

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 10:14

Over the last two years the online share of the EU retail market has risen from 7 per cent to 9 per cent, an increase which will provide further support to the urban logistics sector, according to the international real estate investment manager Savills Investment Management (Savills IM). »

Competition for private debt deals never higher

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 10:08

Competition for private debt deals has never been higher with a record amount of dry powder in 2016 despite reduced fundraising, according to a report by bfinance. »

2016 a record year for UK logistics sector, says LSH

Fri, 10/03/2017 - 08:52

The UK industrial and logistics sector had one of its strongest years to date in 2016, according to national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton's (LSH) Industrials and Logistics report. »

Student housing on the rise in Europe, says Catella

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 10:11

Almost no other market is currently attracting as much investor attention as student housing, according to the Catella Market Tracker, Student Housing in Europe 2017. »

Crisis in UK care home sector provides opportunities for developers and investors, says Knight Frank

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 10:52

The UK care home sector is facing a national crisis, due in part to a net loss in UK care homes and beds with further closures all but inevitable, according to the latest research from Knight Frank. »

UK rental and property values to fall in 2017, says Deutsche AM

Mon, 06/03/2017 - 13:54

Challenges concerning Brexit will see UK rental and property values fall throughout this year, although over the longer-term many of the fundamentals that make the UK and London an attractive destination should remain. »

Edinburgh dominates latest Scottish commercial property returns

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:04

The total value of commercial property sales in Scotland declined 13 per cent in 2016 – the first annual fall since 2012, according to analysis from the Scottish Property Federation. »

US leads 4 per cent rise in logistics rental rates in 2016

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:00

Rental rates for global logistics real estate rose by 4 per cent in 2016, with the US leading the way with a 5 per cent increase –the highest in the world, according to Prologis’ 2016 Rent Index. »

Increasing multiples and rising rents make German residential markets attractive, says Catella

Thu, 02/03/2017 - 10:17

The outlook for German residential markets remains largely positive, with demand exceeding supply and price effects a result of shortages, land price increases and rising rent expectations, according to an analysis by Catella. »

Currency, political and business challenges drive real estate investments between Manhattan and London

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 09:05

London investors were prolific in buying luxury Manhattan property in 2014 and 2015, while over the last 12 months the strength of the US dollar versus the weakening of sterling made London real estate attractive to dollar-based investors. »

Landlords look to commercial loans to avoid buy-to-let changes

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 08:48

The proportion of landlords intending to take out commercial loans to fund their property purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they look for ways to avoid the impact of forthcoming changes to landlord taxation. »

Investors diversify alternative assets exposure

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 08:40

Institutional investors are looking for exposure to an ever-widening range of alternative asset classes, with half now holding allocations to three or more, according to Preqin’s H1 2017 Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets. »

UK prime yields harden and capital growth stabilises, says Savills

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 12:42

Average UK prime yields have continued to fall since peaking in summer 2016 and capital values have stabilised despite the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, says international real estate adviser Savills. »

Number of office to residential conversions falls by 19 per cent in a year

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 08:34

The number of UK office to residential conversions has fallen by 19 per cent over the last year from 2,942 in 2014/15 to 2,388 in 2015/16, according to Saving Stream, a peer to peer secured lending platform. »

London tops Colliers Cities of Influence index

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 14:36

According to Colliers International’s new Cities of Influence report, London remains, and will continue to remain one of the most influential cities for talent, location and costs, despite predictions that companies would lose faith in the capital due to political uncertainty and the perceived threat to business of Brexit. »

Hanover and Grosvenor Squares to become London’s top resi development hotspots, says Wetherell

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 10:02

During 2017 Hanover Square and Grosvenor Square will become the capital’s top residential development hotspots with new luxury homes, restored public realms, rising property values and dwindling office use returning them to the original splendour. »

UK real estate market well positioned to weather Brexit uncertainty, says M&G

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:01

The UK property sector is well positioned to weather uncertainty arising in 2017 as the Brexit agreement unfolds, according to the latest UK real estate market outlook published by M&G Real Estate. »

UK commercial property deals taking longer to complete post-Brexit vote

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 10:07

Around GBP8 billion of the GBP14 billion-plus worth of UK commercial property deals in the market on the day of the EU Referendum have now completed, according to research from Cushman & Wakefield, although deals are taking longer to complete. »

Institutional investors to put cash to work in 2017, says BlackRock survey

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 14:13

Large institutional investors are set to put cash to work in 2017, a BlackRock survey has found, with one in four (25 per cent) intending to decrease their cash allocations during the year, twice as many as those who plan to increase cash holdings (13 per cent). »

CEE bucks trend with strong growth in investment activity

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 09:31

Total commercial real estate investment across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) reached EUR4.4 billion in Q4 2016, a 27 per cent increase on a year ago, according to data released by real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. »

Income return is main driver for investing in Dutch office space

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:55

Dutch office investments produced a solid 6.9 per cent total return between 1995 and 2015, driven by the income return on investments which totalled up to 7.3 per cent per annum on average over the same period. »

Brexit uncertainty sees Germany top the UK as Europe’s biggest market for commercial property

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:08

Germany was Europe’s biggest market for commercial real estate investment in 2016, a year of mixed performances across the continent, according to research by Real Capital Analytics (RCA). »

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