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  • Home sitting on pile of coins

    Time to promote sharing values


    As the country begins to emerge from the latest lockdown and the awe-inspiring efforts to roll out the vaccine continue, I feel a sense of optimism returning. For me, that hopefulness has ignited a renewed commitment to tackling one of the biggest challenges society faces: the housing crisis.

  • Hotel room

    Will lenders check out of hotels?


    Companies in the travel and tourism industry have been among the worst casualties of the pandemic. According to PwC, the 2020 figure for revenue per available room (RevPAR) was the worst since benchmarking began, while UK hotel occupancy rates in 2021 are forecast to be 55%.

  • Trafford Centre

    SEGRO, CPPIB and boxing clever


    Word has it SEGRO is seeking a plot in or around the Square Mile on which to dig a ruddy great big hole.

  • Office

    ‘Manchester is prime for investment’


    According to predictions made in CBRE’s 2021 UK Real Estate Market Outlook, the office market is set to pick back up, with a focus on redesign, premium collaboration spaces and Grade A space proving more popular than ever and we can report that UK office yields will remain stable despite ...

  • Corby closed shops Covid

    Rates reform vital to save retail


    The new Covid-19 variant makes things worse for retail when we hoped they might be better. The best hope for non-essential retail is a combination of furlough, meaningful grant levels and 100% business rates relief through to the end of the pandemic.

  • Times square empty

    Pandemic still biting the Big Apple


    New York City’s property-world panic has eased somewhat but the situation remains troubled and tense.

  • Finance chart Covid-19

    Pandemic? What pandemic?


    “Tis the season to be jolly careful,” the once ebullient Boris Johnson cautioned the nation, confirming the second lockdown would end in tiers.

  • Business rates,

    Business rates system is rotten apple


    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

    Hotel sector favours the brave


    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

    Tail no longer wagging the dog


    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

    Time to restore trust in valuers


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

  • Mortgage

    We can’t ignore negative equity risk


    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

    Alternative lenders seize the day


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

  • Finance generic

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


    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

    Deep impact: a guide to real estate impact investing


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

  • Woman by window domestic abuse

    Investment can be force for good


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

  • Rates valuations

    More action is required on business rates relief


    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

    Budget measures must help everyone


    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

    M&A time for specialist lenders


    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

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


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