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Fibre optic cables

Connectivity is the lifeblood of all our occupiers

31 March 2017

Harnessed correctly, occupier data has the potential to transform business strategy and help landlords better adapt to their customers’ rapidly changing needs.


It's time to adopt a more intelligent use of big data

31 March 2017

Why do we do the things we do? In a world that is changing rapidly, with technological inventions constantly challenging our assumptions, why does the property industry remain in its own silo? Most importantly, why do we think our industry is not going to have its own ‘Uber’ moment?

Mark Farmer

Upbeat mood will help us fix the housing crisis

29 March 2017

With Brexit still rumbling on in the background, no doubt many were expecting political uncertainty to hang over this year’s Mipim like the rainclouds did last year. But as Property Week editor Liz Hamson noted, there was in fact a surprising sense of optimism along the Cannes beachfront.

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To guard against a fraudulent seller, watch out for red flags

21 March 2017

Property fraud is not new, but it is becoming increasingly sophisticated and affected parties may be surprised to learn that their professional advisers may not be liable for the losses suffered.

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Liz Hamson, editor of Propety Week

The great Brexit paradox

31 March 2017

After all the brouhaha that followed the Brexit vote and faux ‘will she or won’t she?’ drama ahead of this week’s triggering of Article 50 (I say faux because only momentarily was there a suggestion it wouldn’t be this week), the actual event was a bit of an anticlimax, wasn’t it?

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Steve Curran Quartermile

Placemaking key to thriving Scottish towns and cities

29 March 2017

There has been a lot of talk about the growth of the nascent BTR housing market in Scotland in recent months, but very little about the importance of communities.

Leadenhall Building

Overseas investors press home advantage of weak pound

29 March 2017

While the debate about the implications, meaning and form of Brexit runs on, one effect is clear - the fall in the pound following the UK’s decision to leave the EU has attracted new overseas investors to the UK property market eager to take advantage of the favourable exchange rates.

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