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The Ten Best US Cities to Buy Rental Property

The Ten Best US Cities to Buy Rental Property

April 4, 2013 No Comments

As real estate prices continue to recover across the United States, something else is happening as well.  Analogous with the situation in Europe and the UK, the US is developing a large urban population of renters and their demand for decent homes is strong.  So the challenge for buy-to-let landlords is to find cities or […]

Female Graduates Paid Less But Could Be Building Cities

Female Graduates Paid Less But Could Be Building Cities

March 19, 2013 No Comments

The pay gap between men and women has been explained away as a result of less cumulative experience, because women more usually take maternity leave, sometimes several times. But it’s hard to put the gap between men and women immediately after graduation down to anything but sexism on the part of employers. Data released by […]

Chinese Divorce Rate Rises as Couples Try to Evade Property Tax

Chinese Divorce Rate Rises as Couples Try to Evade Property Tax

March 11, 2013 No Comments

In old English cities and towns, there’s the occasional sight of an older building with lots of windows, some of which have been bricked in. It’s a memorial of an ill-thought-out ‘window tax’ imposed in the 1600s, intended to be a form of progressive taxation. However much it was supposed to lead to richer people […]

Top Ten Largest Homes in the US

Top Ten Largest Homes in the US

February 18, 2013 No Comments

The USA is famous worldwide for its generosity and its ‘think big’ attitude. Whether it’s cars, portion sizes or record sales the USA tends to have the biggest. And property is no exception. Back in the 19th century, mansions in the East were built huge by Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Later Nevada, Texas and California became […]

British House Prices on the Rise

British House Prices on the Rise

February 14, 2013 No Comments

British house prices rose last month for the fourth successive month, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Of the surveyors they questioned, 15% more said prices rose last month, continuing a four-month trend. The report went on to forecast that sales would continue to rise through Spring but that prices were likely […]

Can Miniaturisation Solve New York’s Housing Problem?

Can Miniaturisation Solve New York’s Housing Problem?

January 29, 2013 No Comments

The lack of space indoors in New York is proverbial.  So proverbial, in fact, that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was able to get plenty of political capital out of recounting just how cramped his old New York apartment was.  But his challenge to architects might still surprise some: could they design an apartment of no more […]

Quarterly Profits of BBVA Face Slump despite Real Estate Recovery

Quarterly Profits of BBVA Face Slump despite Real Estate Recovery

November 9, 2012 No Comments

Spain’s second largest bank – BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) revealed that profits in the third quarter of 2012 dropped over 80 per cent as toxic property assets were continually purged. Net income fell to under 150 million Euros from over 800 million Euros during the past twelve months, BBVA revealed in a filing. According […]

Spanish Banks in Trouble

Spanish Banks in Trouble

October 23, 2012 No Comments

The Bank of Spain published data which revealed that the total lending proportion of bad loans increased to 10.5 per cent in the month of August 2012. The figure was already at 10.1 per cent in the previous month as loans worth 9.3 billion Euros were classified as defaulted. Spain’s growing liabilities have caused increasing […]

Changing Shape of US Housing Market

Changing Shape of US Housing Market

August 28, 2012 No Comments

Refinancing falls, while mortgage applications rise slightly; average house prices fall slightly, while luxury market booms. There are mixed signals coming out of the US housing market.  The US Commerce Department said on Thursday that home sales had increased by 3.6% to a seasonally adjusted 372, 000-unit annual rate.  That rate matches the highest in […]

Euro Zone is Expected to Stay According to Investors in Real Estate

Euro Zone is Expected to Stay According to Investors in Real Estate

August 24, 2012 No Comments

The financial crisis in Europe has pressed the real estate industry to consider a variety of scenarios. The scepticism surrounding the consequences of the crisis for real estate markets in Europe continues to rise, even though a majority of investors in European properties expect the economy to recover. Union Investment’s findings revealed that 172 investors […]

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Q1 Property Report Poland Leads CEE Investment Transactions

The JLL report for the first quarter of 2014 revealed that Poland showed the highest sales transaction volumes in...