PBSA: accommodating record numbers of students in the UK

Recent reports on the outlook for purpose-built student accommodation in the UK have affirmed investor confidence in this sector, as 2021 demonstrated its ability to weather the aftermath of the pandemic better than most other real estate sectors. Purpose-built student accommodation, or PBSA, usually consists of modern cluster flats or private studios and attached leisure facilities that private developers [...]

PBSA: accommodating record numbers of students in the UK2022-04-28T10:31:41+00:00

Brussels’ office market trends

For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, economic activity has returned — and even exceeded — pre-crisis levels in Belgium. However, inflation reached 5.71% in Belgium at the end of 2021 in the wake of surging energy prices, supply bottlenecks and the rapid rebound of economic activity — the highest level since 2008. Consequently, investors have increasingly [...]

Brussels’ office market trends2022-03-30T16:06:58+00:00

The 2022 outlook for real estate investment in Luxembourg

Despite the events of the past couple of years, Luxembourg's real estate market has once again proven resilient as it did during the global financial crisis. Lockdowns and social distancing measures caused real estate transactions to slump, but confidence has returned since the worst impacts of the coronavirus crisis began to abate. Although not all sectors have been affected [...]

The 2022 outlook for real estate investment in Luxembourg2022-03-08T17:53:36+00:00

Property Chronicle: Alternative Use Property Moves Into Investor Spotlight

Social changes accelerated by Covid-19 — such as the rise of online shopping and the consequent decline in demand for retail units — are shaking up traditional property investment. What was considered a comfortable trustee allocation to prime offices in the pre-pandemic world is now filled with doubt and risk. As a result, alternative property uses have come into [...]

Property Chronicle: Alternative Use Property Moves Into Investor Spotlight2022-02-10T13:30:58+00:00

Beware of long-term value drivers

Property investors have an unfortunate habit of not looking very far ahead The real estate sector has a propensity to underestimate change, perhaps because change has historically been at a rather glacial rate within the industry. In my 30 years in the European real estate markets, it has always surprised me how short-term factors almost exclusively colour investment decisions. [...]

Beware of long-term value drivers2022-02-08T16:41:38+00:00

The death of the small European Investment Manager

Established talent is being hoovered up – where are all the start-ups vying for their place? Small real estate investment managers are becoming a critically endangered species across Europe as property investors and international fund managers across the world buy them up. Not all investments are structured as an outright buy – some acquisitions are phased through progressive stake [...]

The death of the small European Investment Manager2022-02-08T16:39:58+00:00

The market players are different and the transactions are significantly more complex than 30 years ago

Perhaps the long hot summer in continental Europe is not the most prudent time to review how fast transactions take to conclude. However, with the benefit of over 30 years of experience in Europe I am convinced the average time from the start of marketing to closing has grown significantly. This conclusion seems to be counter-intuitive given advances in [...]

The market players are different and the transactions are significantly more complex than 30 years ago2022-02-08T16:41:56+00:00
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