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Finance 10/09/2018

EPRA delegates rise as investors, analysts seek undervalued assets, M&A

There seems little doubt that the more than 400 delegates to the EPRA conference last week reflected the rising interest in listed real estate (...)

Listed 30/08/2018

After market cap expands to €286bn, European listed property warrants a closer look

In the last 10 years, European listed real estate has grown to a capitalisation of €286bn from €80bn, with weights more reflective of underlying economies, and (...)

Hospitality 26/07/2018

Hong Kong-Shanghai's Gaw Capital enters Spanish hotels. Expect fireworks.

Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France. Those are the markets where Hong Kong and Shanghai-based Gaw Capital aims to expand Spain’s Hospes hotels with (...)

Office 19/07/2018

Investors should shift their view of risk in late-cycle real estate

Commercial real estate is late in the cycle, meaning compelling risk-adjusted return opportunities are more difficult to find. The cycle could last another year (...)

Finance 09/07/2018

Where are rates going, and how will European property react?

One factor overshadowing interest rates is the gradual discontinuation of Quantitative Easing in the eurozone. A first concrete step was made at the beginning (...)

Finance 06/07/2018

France’s Crédit Foncier – chronicle of a pre-announced death

French savings bank BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, last month announced the closure of its Crédit Foncier subsidiary, a specialist property lender that traces (...)

Housing 05/07/2018

Sagi's entry to Spanish housing will further energise a fast-moving sector

Because he has shown perfect timing elsewhere in European housing, Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi's entry into Spain will energise an already fast-moving sector. Prices (...)

Housing 22/06/2018

Housing: A third pillar is possible - residential property companies

As the first reading of the ELAN housing bill comes to an end in the French National Assembly, it is clear that France needs a (...)

Hospitality 12/06/2018

Amid Spain's hotel boom, Blackstone will do what it takes to buy Hispania

With Spanish tourism booming and no fewer than 173 new hotel openings forecast in the next four years, US giant Blackstone will likely do what it (...)

Housing 04/06/2018

Merkel's 1.5m new homes pledge faces building capacity constraints, rising costs

Chancellor Angela Merkel's pledge to create 1.5m new homes in Germany in the next four years will run up against supply constraints. While builders aim (...)

Office 15/05/2018

Data – the next big thing in real estate

The end user is becoming increasingly central to every phase of the real estate business thanks to the rich availability and sophisticated analysis of (...)

Finance 27/04/2018

Rows of Chinese at London’s World Built Environment Forum show RICS is changing

It was the 60 or so Chinese sitting in rows at this week's World Built Environment Forum in London, noting every word from simultaneous (...)

Housing 20/04/2018

Is Germany's Vonovia bidding for French SNCF's 4,000-unit resi portfolio?

In a deal being watched at home and abroad, French railway SNCF is selling a portfolio of 4,000 homes in a rare public sector sale that (...)

Finance 16/04/2018

Japan capital entering euro real estate not for the cycle but the longer term

The entry of GPIF, Japan Post and other giant Tokyo institutions to European property is happening but may take longer if managers reject inital fee (...)

Health / Senior 16/03/2018

MIPIM BLOG Day 3: The Awards – for the ‘creative art’ of real estate in Europe

Live from MIPIM (Cannes) - Day Three-Thursday: Despite the driving rain in Cannes, even more evidence that the scope of European opportunities is widening, yes, and (...)

Finance 15/03/2018

MIPIM BLOG Day 2: Still plenty of life in Old Europe, Mipim Proptech in view

Live from Mipim (Cannes) - Day Two-Wednesday: It is clear that plenty of opportunities are open to real estate investors in Old Europe, perhaps however no (...)

Finance 13/03/2018

MIPIM BLOG Day 1: Sun still shining on European real estate but rain (caution) enters forecasts

Live from MIPIM (Cannes) - First impressions from the sunshine of Cannes: still plenty of optimism around real estate value in Europe though now it comes (...)

Finance 09/03/2018

Benko, S Immo said eyeing creation of Austrian Champion, perhaps including Signa

Speculation in Vienna is growing that Signa boss, the sometimes controversial René Benko, will move soon to try to merge the three quoted property firms S Immo, CA Immo and Immofinanz to (...)

Office 05/03/2018

Blockchain: talk of the town in Cannes at MIPIM 2018 ?

The imminent arrival of blockchain to the real estate industry will 'disrupt' in the full sense, shortening deal times to, perhaps, 24 hours from (...)

Housing 05/02/2018

Twilight of the gods reverberates as German politics struggles for new Groko

Götterdämmerung, twilight of the gods, is the real reverberation in the background of German politics in these days; not CDU/CSU-SPD grand coalition policy talks (...)