All Expert comment articles – Page 12

  • Savills Auctions
    News

    Confidence returning to room as 2019 headwinds die down

    2020-01-09T00:00:00Z

    A return of confidence in Q4 2019 is expected to continue this year as investors target sensibly priced lots 

  • Houses of Parliament
    Insight

    An opportunity to revive old ideas

    2019-12-20T00:00:00Z

    Political certainty, in the sense of a government with a substantial working majority, is not the same thing as policy certainty.

  • Rent signs
    Insight

    BTL cannot compete with BTR

    2019-12-20T00:00:00Z

    Buy-to-let used to be all the rage. Developers keen to score some early runs packaged up enough ‘off-plan sales’ to make a Far East sales trip worth the air tickets and liver damage.

  • Modern office
    Insight

    The enduring appeal of flex

    2019-12-20T00:00:00Z

    While WeWork has triggered much speculation on the future of co-working, the consensus is that the shift in the way people work won’t be reversed. 

  • Treasury
    Insight

    A government property revolution

    2019-12-19T00:00:00Z

    At the end of December, my ‘tour’ as chair of the Government Property Agency (GPA) comes to an end. It seems like a good time, therefore, to reflect on why we were established in the first place, what we have achieved and what more remains to be done.

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Using tech to solve housing crisis

    2019-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Any business entering 2020 without a reliance on new technology is at serious risk of being rapidly left behind. But what can the early adopters do to benefit from their foresight?

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    What does the election result mean for the planning system?

    2019-12-17T17:16:00Z

    As I write this we now know we have new government led by Boris Johnson with a large majority and a mandate to get “things done”. So what should it do to improve the planning system?

  • Planning and dev
    Online

    Beauty and the planning beast

    2019-12-16T16:35:00Z

    Beauty, it seems, is not just in the eye of the beholder. It is set to be enshrined in national planning guidance.

  • IoT concept
    Insight

    Proptech has a social role to play

    2019-12-13T00:00:00Z

    The human element is one of the most fundamental factors at the heart of real estate, whether it be understanding how occupiers utilise a space, how residents choose a home or how office space attracts and retains talent.

  • Co-living
    Insight

    Tenant trust is a powerful issue

    2019-12-13T00:00:00Z

    Power outages can strike at any time. More than one million people across England and Wales were affected by a catastrophic power failure in August this year, which paralysed transport services, sent traffic lights down and plunged businesses into chaos.

  • Polling station
    Insight

    May the finger-biting now be over

    2019-12-13T00:00:00Z

    By the time you read this I hope you’ll have done your duty and voted.

  • Generic biz rates
    Online

    Why we should welcome business rates review: seeing the opportunity in voids

    2019-12-12T13:02:00Z

    Packed with predictable ‘get Brexit done’ messaging and steadfast in its endeavour to not rock the boat, it’s no real surprise that the Conservative manifesto has been widely criticised as bland. 

  • Rushmoor
    Insight

    PWLB rate rise risk to regeneration

    2019-12-12T00:00:00Z

    Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot of bluster about housing targets and new homes revolutions, but simmering in the background is a policy change that threatens to derail the very regeneration and housing projects the politicians are trying to kickstart.

  • Arcelor-Mittal Orbit
    Insight

    Getting the culture right is an art

    2019-12-12T00:00:00Z

    We have all seen cases where an attempt to include culture in a real estate development doesn’t feel right: where a project’s cultural offering looks copied from somewhere else, where it seems to be the result of a box-ticking exercise or where it appears insincere and disingenuous.

  • Student accommodation
    Online

    The prospects for student accommodation in 2020

    2019-12-10T13:39:00Z

    Last year, to coincide with Property Week ’s Student Accommodation Conference, we challenged developers and investors to question the status quo by looking to extend the lifecycle of their beds-for-rent portfolios – a theme that was picked up in the Future Living Report published by Investec earlier this year.

  • Auction sign
    Online

    Investors on parade: why more and more shops are going under the hammer

    2019-12-09T11:13:00Z

    On the face of it, parades of local shops in secondary locations might not seem attractive investments but they are becoming increasingly popular with buyers in the auction room.

  • Co-working space
    Insight

    Mixed-use goes to the next level

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    How we work and how we live are evolving at a faster pace than ever before. In major cities across the world – including London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong – flexible working, innovative office spaces, top-class amenities and competitive socialising between residents are creating more effective and diverse ...

  • Keys
    Insight

    Social sustainability is the future

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    Last week, I mentioned to my 14-year-old daughter that I was writing this column.

  • Business team against skyline
    Insight

    Property’s key values for 2020s

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    The blend of how we live, work and spend our leisure time continues to change at pace and as we move towards a new decade, this will only accelerate.

  • Diversity
    Insight

    Why we’re all Sneetches at heart

    2019-12-05T00:00:00Z

    The Sneetches by Dr Seuss is a parody of prejudice and diversity – both current property sector preoccupations.