All Expert comment articles – Page 9

  • Estate agent window
    Insight

    London estate agents make hay

    2020-02-13T00:00:00Z

    “We’re now going to sealed bids on houses that we couldn’t get a single viewing for a few months ago.” This view from a south London estate agent is no flash in the pan. After many months in the deep freeze, the capital’s housing market seems to have thawed.

  • Co-living generic
    Insight

    The beating heart of communities

    2020-02-07T00:00:00Z

    Until recently, one of my greatest regrets at work was that I hadn’t spent a significant amount of uninterrupted time with Greystar’s operations – including the property management, maintenance, front-of-house concierge and lettings teams – on the ground at one of our buildings.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Time to address the climate issue

    2020-02-07T00:00:00Z

    As 2019 fades from view and we look back at it with an element of hindsight, I don’t think history is going to remember it as the year Brexit became a certainty, or even for England finally winning the Cricket World Cup – but as the year that the climate ...

  • Retail
    Insight

    Retail will always have a place

    2020-02-06T00:00:00Z

    The end of 2019 ushered in a calmer UK political climate after the Conservatives’ decisive general election victory.

  • Esther McVey
    Insight

    No. 10: who stays and who goes?

    2020-02-06T00:00:00Z

    When Stephen Barclay, the secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union, resigned at 23:01 hours on 31 January as his department wound itself up, he started the reshuffle Boris made clear would follow once we had formally left the EU.

  • Construction
    Insight

    Housebuilders have much to do

    2020-01-31T00:00:00Z

    Most people have rightly acknowledged that global warming is a very real problem. It does not recognise international borders or economic wealth; it affects us all and we all have a responsibility to address it.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Designing for a net-zero future

    2020-01-31T00:00:00Z

    London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has faced a backlash after suggesting that trees should be planted on Regent Street. He tweeted that it was a “disgrace” that the historic street lacked greenery “crucial for the environment – carbon, air quality – but also for mental health and wellbeing”.

  • Shop sale signs
    Insight

    We must act now to save retail

    2020-01-31T00:00:00Z

    The plight of the shopping centre in the UK is worrying… very worrying. Today, many if not all of our existing shopping centres simply would not be built. There is turmoil in this silo of the real estate market as net asset values, which equity capital markets have not believed ...

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Adjust your business model or die

    2020-01-30T16:05:00Z

    Ask 50 different people how best to combat the climate crisis and expect nearly 50 different answers.

  • Amazon parcel
    Insight

    To live or die on the high street

    2020-01-24T00:00:00Z

    Additional business rate relief for shops will do as much good as giving alms to a beggar. Over 600,000 poor beggars already get relief in some form or another. Rateable values are referenced to rents, so rates will fall, eventually.

  • City of London
    Insight

    City’s latest BIDs to help business

    2020-01-24T00:00:00Z

    The Square Mile has remained attractive to firms, workers and visitors over its long history in part by constantly reinventing itself. We have welcomed media, creative and tech firms as well as those from the traditional financial and professional services sectors.

  • London finance generic
    Insight

    The latest twists in my sobriety

    2020-01-23T00:00:00Z

    So Brexit is oven ready , but what will it taste like? REITs rebounded 30% at the end of last year on the Conservatives’ election victory, twice the rise in the equity market. We issued our 2020 Outlook note memorandum ‘Re-selling the Dodo REITs’ and view the recent rebound in ...

  • Prefab modular construction
    Insight

    Airspace: lenders must catch up

    2020-01-23T00:00:00Z

    Airspace developments have hit the headlines in a big way recently. Planning policy is on board, housing secretary Robert Jenrick is on board and increasingly advanced construction methods are at our disposal. There is a clear appetite to build upwards as a solution to providing housing in dense areas.

  • Generic office space
    Insight

    Time to put office occupiers first

    2020-01-17T00:00:00Z

    Customers have higher expectations than ever before – and rightly so. 

  • Boris in hard hat
    Insight

    Boris has redrawn property map

    2020-01-17T00:00:00Z

    Boris Johnson’s election victory was as much of a landslide in tectonic terms as political. Britain’s regional red and blue plates have not so much slid as flipped and the aftershocks could reverberate across the property market for years to come.

  • Housing
    Insight

    Creating thriving places to live

    2020-01-16T00:00:00Z

    With the arrival of a new decade come critical challenges and opportunities for the new parliament. 

  • Planning and dev
    Insight

    Nimby design charter is bad idea

    2020-01-16T00:00:00Z

    While most in real estate ended 2019 more optimistically, it would be fair to say that the Conservative Party manifesto was slim when it came to the housing agenda. 

  • Gavel
    News

    Top auctioneers share hopes and fears for market in 2020

    2020-01-16T00:00:00Z

    An end to political uncertainty and growing investor appetite for alternative assets expected to buoy market

  • Finance generic
    Online

    Real estate debt market will be full of opportunity in 2020

    2020-01-14T16:20:00Z

    I am positive about the year ahead in the real estate debt market, and not just because of the New Year ‘bounce’ of energy some of us experience in January (not to mention the ‘Boris bounce’).

  • Old people on bench
    Online

    The road ahead for senior living

    2020-01-14T15:37:00Z

    The dawning of 2020 gives us a chance to reflect on what the past decade has brought and what might be in store for the years ahead.