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  • Business rates,
    Insight

    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 .

  • Hotel key in door
    Insight

    Hotel sector favours the brave

    2020-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Hotels have had a tough year. This was brought home in September with the news that the 478-room Hilton Times Square in New York would not be reopening, alongside several other Manhattan hotels. Closer to home, the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch announced that its doors would stay shut.

  • Life science lab
    Insight

    Tail no longer wagging the dog

    2020-10-29T00:00:00Z

    Five years ago, we were stonewalled on our ‘sell retail’ theme, but after intu’s collapse and Hammerson’s £525m rights issue, it’s now a trade the shoeshine boy knows about.

  • John Lewis Oxford street 2020
    Insight

    Time to restore trust in valuers

    2020-10-22T00:00:00Z

    In July, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) directed four big accountants to set apart their audit arms by 2024.

  • Mortgage
    Insight

    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 .

  • Finance generic
    Insight

    Alternative lenders seize the day

    2020-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Since the Covid-19 crisis hit, the case for alternative finance has become increasingly compelling.

  • Finance generic
    Online

    Time-poor, tech-savvy investors turn to P2P property lending

    2020-10-09T09:02:00Z

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) property lending emerged in the aftermath of the global financial crisis with a pledge to democratise investing and enable retail investors to get access to, and invest in, a wide range of alternative financial product such as loans to SME property developers.

  • Investment
    Online

    Deep impact: a guide to real estate impact investing

    2020-10-08T16:39:00Z

    Impact investing means generating a purposeful, measurable, social or environmental benefit alongside a financial return.

  • Woman by window domestic abuse
    Insight

    Investment can be force for good

    2020-09-10T00:00:00Z

    September always brings a sense of going back to work and starting a new year with the lessons of the old.

  • Rates valuations
    Insight

    More action is required on business rates relief

    2020-03-18T14:28:00Z

    Editor: Some businesses can breathe a little easier following last week’s Budget. As Property Week  reported, the chancellor announced that any eligible retail, leisure or hospitality business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will pay no business rates this year .

  • Rishi Sunak
    Insight

    Budget measures must help everyone

    2020-03-18T13:50:00Z

    Editor: Extra business rates relief measures announced by the chancellor this week, added to those in the Budget, should go far in helping the retail and leisure sector through the worst of the current coronavirus crisis .

  • Charter Court
    Insight

    M&A time for specialist lenders

    2020-03-13T00:00:00Z

    The recent CharterCourt and OneSavingsBank merger, and Foresight Group’s acquisition of Signature Private Finance, may be a sign of things to come in the specialist finance market.

  • Budget
    Online

    What can the property industry expect from this week’s Budget?

    2020-03-09T14:10:00Z

    In its 2019 election manifesto, the Conservative Party committed to a fundamental review of the business rates system. 

  • West end
    News

    West End set to remain a long-term choice for investors

    2020-03-06T00:00:00Z

    The 2016 EU referendum had a huge impact on investment coming into the UK. 

  • Finance generic
    Insight

    Firesales: alternative lenders should step in

    2020-03-04T14:05:00Z

    Editor: There were claims last week that Hammerson could be forced into a firesale after it reported slashing £800m from the value of its portfolio. Rival intu is also reported to be at risk if it fails to raise fresh equity to pay down its £4.7bn debt pile .

  • Impact investing
    Insight

    Impact investing: let’s get to work

    2020-02-27T00:00:00Z

    It is safe to say that social impact was not a priority for the financial industry when I established Patron Capital with my partners 20 years ago. 

  • Warehouse tech
    Markets

    The changing face of I&L

    2020-02-20T00:00:00Z

    The industrial sector has transformed itself over the past five years, and the most important driver is the change in consumer behaviour and consequent growth in online commerce. The old model of delivering goods is simply not fit for purpose anymore – and 10 years from now, the new model ...

  • WeWork
    Insight

    Tech must go direct to end user

    2020-02-14T00:00:00Z

    In the third quarter of last year, global venture investments into proptech reached $24.6bn, surpassing the most optimistic estimates for the year and putting the industry on track to comfortably exceed the $30bn full-year mark.

  • Guy Montague-Jones
    News

    Is Emerald Isle losing its lustre?

    2020-02-07T00:00:00Z

    When Green REIT put itself up for sale last April, a leading REIT chief executive told me, somewhat euphemistically, that it was “a sign”.

  • 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 ...