Expert Property CommentOpinions on the latest developments in commercial and residential property.
The emphasis of last week’s housing white paper - more green than white in nature - was on consultation, with a helpful emphasis on multi-tenures and on a diverse and broadening array of players that can contribute. The industry now has a chance to help shape practical policy for the sector as a whole.
Rising rents and falling ownership are an unhappy political combination, particularly for the Conservative Party.
A decade ago, Aldi was the 10th biggest food retailer in Britain. Now it has overtaken the Co-op to claim fifth place.
The effect of the permitted development rights (PDR) regime has been remarkable in giving many obsolete office buildings a new lease of life - usually as residential developments.
It would be easy to have a gloomy outlook in London at the moment.
This white paper is far from the radical overhaul of housing policy that was promised (10.02.17).
The sheds market is in a perfect storm. On the one hand demand for industrial and warehouse stock is continuing to rise significantly, while on the other we’re seeing available stock levels continuing to dwindle in the region we operate in.
On the face of it, things couldn’t look much better for the booming ecommerce sector. Figures from accountancy firm BDO suggest online retail sales grew 18% last year, while the festive period saw online sales some 19% higher than in December 2015.
We knew bonuses in the agency world were likely to be down this year in the wake of the EU referendum, which is why earlier this month we investigated the connection between the anticipated slump and recent flurry of high-level people moves in our feature, Agents of Change.
Notwithstanding recent reports of increasing distress in the property market, things are certainly not all bad as we look into 2017 (06.01.17).