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  • Old people covid
    Insight

    Retirement living sector can help to beat loneliness

    2020-11-25T15:42:00Z

    Editor: The UK residential property market, understandably, was buffeted at the start of the first lockdown. But during this second lockdown, early indicators are looking good, with the stamp duty holiday undoubtedly helping.

  • Flats
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    Pandemic puts BTR in the spotlight

    2020-11-25T15:20:00Z

    Editor: The coronavirus pandemic has raised a number of fundamental questions about our economy. On an individual level, it has also forced us to adapt the way we live and work (‘ 72% of employers want to retain home working after the pandemic ’). For many of us, our home ...

  • Generic Office
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    Workplaces must adapt to survive

    2020-11-18T13:54:00Z

    Editor: M G Real Estate’s Global Outlook Report highlights the uncertainty in the office market and the need for investors to carefully consider where to deploy capital (‘ There is a future for the office, says M G ’). I agree with M G’s Richard Gwilliam; the focus should be ...

  • Business rates,
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    Business rates system is rotten apple

    2020-11-18T13:32:00Z

    Editor: When rateable values were last updated in 2017, the apple was the UK’s favourite fruit. It now barely features in the top 10 – a sign that a lot has changed in three years .

  • Empty office
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    Support for flexspace will help SMEs

    2020-11-11T16:00:00Z

    Editor: The Flexible Space Association has called for the chancellor to support the flexspace industry.

  • Retirement home
    Insight

    The retirement sector needs support

    2020-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Select committee reports, parliamentary questions, ministerial questions and a plethora of academic research – the case for the expansion of the housing with care sector has never been clearer.

  • Stressed home worker
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    Offices will be crucial to recovery

    2020-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is troubling to see UK workers once again confined to their homes, as we enter a second national lockdown.

  • Young people in new home
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    Let’s focus on ‘generation rent better’

    2020-10-28T14:38:00Z

    Editor: The prime minister’s vow to “turn generation rent into generation buy” with a proposed increase in low-deposit mortgages for first-time buyers suggests a willingness to help young people on to the property ladder.

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    Covid-safe offices should stay open

    2020-10-28T14:11:00Z

    Editor: It has been interesting to keep an eye on Avison Young’s ‘Return to Office’ index, highlighted in your piece ‘Office worker numbers hold up despite WFH advice ’.

  • Construction cranes
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    A better option for affordable homes

    2020-10-21T10:31:00Z

    Editor: In her recent comment piece, Geeta Nanda writes: “ The need to build more affordable homes has never been so urgent ”. I profoundly disagree. It is the need to build more homes that has never been so urgent.

  • Office
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    Tech critical to back office success

    2020-10-21T09:35:00Z

    Editor:  It is no surprise that lockdown has seen a rise in the volume of ‘grey space’ in London’s office market, as 61% of desk-based workers reportedly want to work from home more following lockdown .

  • Mortgage
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    We can’t ignore negative equity risk

    2020-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The prime minister’s announcement of 95% LTV mortgages for first-time buyers at the virtual Conservative conference last Tuesday will undoubtedly support first-time buyers in accessing the property market, while simultaneously inflating property prices .

  • Proptech connections
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    The tech’s there to tackle laundering

    2020-10-14T14:10:00Z

    Editor: The case of Mansoor Mahmood Hussain, known as ‘Manni’, (‘ Leeds developer loses £10m of property due to money laundering charge ’,) clearly demonstrates the huge gaps in protection against money laundering that exist in the property market, through which criminals are able to pour millions of pounds a ...

  • Office
    Insight

    Hub-and-spoke model is the future

    2020-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is no surprise that the regional office market has remained robust throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with stable rents outside the UK’s primary cities a strong indication of future working norms.

  • Proptech
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    Digital solutions can help CRE firms

    2020-10-07T14:40:00Z

    Editor: Yardi’s Justin Harley noted recently in Property Week that “ technology is more important than ever in the residential world ”. This can also be said for the commercial world, yet many CRE businesses still have far to travel in digital transformation and data capabilities.

  • Eat out to help out sign
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    Hospitality faces a knockout punch

    2020-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It really is turning into the fight of the century for the hospitality sector .

  • Students in corridor
    Online

    Tech will underpin PBSA flex appeal

    2020-09-30T11:01:00Z

    Editor: It is encouraging to see PBSA adopting more flexible leasing arrangements in order to accommodate different course lengths and formats and address the increased uncertainty surrounding the pandemic .

  • Car park
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    Let’s repurpose underused car parks

    2020-09-23T12:23:00Z

    Editor: In 1970, Joni Mitchell’s hit ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ proclaimed “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Perhaps it is time to revisit this.

  • New Look
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    Expect more New Look-style CVAs

    2020-09-23T11:46:00Z

    Editor: The New Look CVA rent deal is a watershed moment for both occupiers and landlords.

  • Coronavirus
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    Covid insurance ruling may save jobs

    2020-09-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The High Court ruling that some insurers should have paid out for losses caused by lockdown is a major victory to policyholders and the thousands of businesses that had trading interrupted by Covid-19.