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Market Uncertainty, Development Costs Slow London Land Value Growth

Market Uncertainty, Development Costs Slow London Land Value Growth

International property consultant Knight Frank reports this week that the average greenfield development land price declined 0.6% in Q4 2018, down from 2.6% growth in Q3, paring annual growth to 0.6%. Labor costs continue to edge up and the relatively weak pound has made imported building materials more costly for homebuilders. Read More »


U.K. Luxury Country Home Prices Slip in Late 2018

U.K. Luxury Country Home Prices Slip in Late 2018

According to international property consultant Knight Frank, the annual change in prices in prime regional housing markets in England and Wales fell for the first time in 18 months in 2018, according to Knight Frank figures. Read More »

London Mortgage Market Aiding Middle East Commercial Property Investors

London Mortgage Market Aiding Middle East Commercial Property Investors

According to International real estate consultant Savills' 30th annual Financing Property report, the UK property lending market is largely stable as a result of pressure on interest cover ratios (ICRs) and debt yields. Read More »

Singapore Investors Lead Asian Outbound Property Investment In 2018

Singapore Investors Lead Asian Outbound Property Investment In 2018

Asian outbound capital deployment remains robust amid a recent slowdown of Chinese outbound real estate investment. In the first half of 2018, outbound investment activity totaled $25.3 billion, led by Singaporean capital. Read More »


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The Landings - (St. Lucia, West Indies)

The Landings - (St. Lucia, West Indies)

While investors in Sunbelt real estate have watched their property values slip and slide over the past year, those who discovered the tiny island of St. Lucia have smiles on their faces. Read More »

Last Updated January 3, 2019 9:29 AM ET

London Property News

Global real estate consulting firm Knight Frank is reporting this week that in the first half of 2018 £5.6 billion ($7.2 billion USD) of international capital was invested in the London commercial real estate market. Hong Kong was second with £5 billion ($6.4B) and Paris third with £1.9 billion ($2.4B).

A new research by price comparison website MoneySuperMarket reveals that the UK is the most expensive location to raise a family in Europe.

£765 million ($1.04 billion USD) of real estate transactions took place in the West End in the first quarter of 2018 compared to £2.13 billion ($2.89b USD) in Q1 2017 -- a 64 percent annual drop.

According to a new report JLL, despite trade tensions and elevated stock market volatility, investors are still seeking value in real estate with global investment in the first quarter of 2018 hitting the highest Q1 level in 10 years at $165 billion.

Major metropolitan office markets across the globe are seeing a significant increase in the adoption of "green" building certification programs.

Investment volumes into the UK's specialist property sector have significantly increased to reach an unprecedented £17.7 billion, a 40% increase on last year, and will continue to increase.

UK, Germany and Spain are the three most attractive hotel investment destinations in Europe, with more than two-thirds (69%) of investors identifying these markets as the preferred countries for hotel investment in 2018.

According to global hotel industry consultant STR, there are 184,299 hotels comprising 16,966,280 million rooms around the world in the first quarter of 2018. That number of rooms represents a 17.7% increase over the last 10 years.

According to the latest research from global property adviser Knight Frank, European commercial property investment hit €231.8 billion in 2017 after €80.7 billion was transacted in Q4, resulting in an 8.4 per cent increase on last year.

According to Chinese international property portal Juwai.com, the post-Brexit referendum boom in Chinese property buying inquiries still persists, even 18 months after the vote on June 23, 2016.

This week global real estate consultant Knight Frank made its UK commercial real estate predictions for 2018.

Total European hotel investment volumes increased by 33% year-on-year, for the third quarter of 2017. This contributed to a 16% year-on-year increase on the year- to-date.

According to CBRE, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles are the world's largest commercial real estate investment markets, with the global stock of investable commercial real estate assets standing at $27.5 trillion.

According to a report by real estate consultant JLL and The Business of Cities, London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul are among the seven most competitive cities in the world.

Office rents in London's skyscrapers are the highest in Europe as companies continue to pay a premium for space in the city's tallest buildings.

29 percent of real estate professionals are now feeling optimistic about UK's commercial real estate market.

Global real estate consultant Knight Frank is reporting since the UK's vote to leave the EU in June 2016, there has been widespread concern that jobs might leave the UK, or firms will delay recruitment.

According to international real estate consultant Knight Frank, buyers from Hong Kong have purchased £2.2 billion ($2.86b USD) of office buildings in the City of London over the first half of the year.


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