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Hospitality 09/11/2018

The rationale for a pan-European hospitality strategy

Europe, the largest playground to gain exposure to hospitality 2017 was another record year for international tourism with 1.323bn visitors of which 51% came to (...)

Office 02/11/2018

Merkel's twilight of gods moment may bring 'German Macron' to power

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps back from power, the twilight of the gods has begun. But while it will sweep away many of (...)

Finance 19/10/2018

Lessons for real estate from the Great Financial Crisis

For all economic players, there is a before and after September 15 2008, the start of what the Americans call the Great Financial Crisis. Countries (...)

Housing 16/10/2018

In Denormandie France has its first minister for housing. Period.

After the government reshuffle today France has its first minister for housing. Period. Not for urban planning; not also for cohesion or equality of (...)

Housing 12/10/2018

Foreign ownership in French housing is no cause for concern

The participation of Germany's Vonovia and Zurich's Swiss Life in the winning bid for French SNCF's housing portfolio is good for Europe, good for France – (...)

Health / Senior 08/10/2018

Healthcare & Senior Housing: A Gold-Silver Asset Class

Many French investors are now focusing on emerging asset classes aside from mainstream sectors 1) to diversify their portfolio, or either 2) to increase their exposure (...)

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 (...)