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Brexit Uncertainties Put $57 Billion Fund Off London Real Estate

Brexit Uncertainties Put $57 Billion Fund Off London Real Estate

A $57 billion Finnish fund that’s increasing its real estate holdings said there’s one market it’s definitely not touching, and that’s London.  The simple reason behind that decision is Brexit, according to Mikko Mursula, the head of investments at Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Co. His team has opted to skip London opportunities it would once have […]

Dubai on course to outstrip pricey London’s record for building apartments

Dubai on course to outstrip pricey London’s record for building apartments

Dubai is on course to absorb more new apartments than London over the next two years, as luxury “ghost towers” threaten to haunt developers in both cities, analysts say. Brokers warn that the pair are developing luxury units far beyond the reach of average earners. In London, the average home costs more than £470,000 ($663,000), […]

Middle East property investors shrug off Brexit blues

Middle East property investors shrug off Brexit blues

LONDON: The UK capital is still seeing strong interest from Middle Eastern property buyers, even as politicians in Westminster wrangle over Brexit. The lure of safe-haven London remains high, and is expected to strengthen rather than decrease, brokers said. Arab buyers are lured by currency weakness, the decline in prime central London prices and robust […]

Is the London property market ready to banish the Brexit blues?

Is the London property market ready to banish the Brexit blues?

Despite a lingering mood of uncertainty, many experts expect the capital to ride out the anticipated turbulence Imagine watching a time-lapse film showing the changing face of London’s skyline. An endless succession of construction sites would appear alongside the River Thames, cranes and diggers coming and going, gleaming steel and glass buildings rising into the […]

Overseas buyers snap up majority of exclusive London homes

Overseas buyers snap up majority of exclusive London homes

Proportion of foreign investors targeting high-end postcodes at 5-year high Overseas investors snapped up more than half of all properties for sale in London’s most exclusive postcodes in the last half of 2017 as buyers took advantage of big discounts in areas such as Belgravia and Kensington. The proportion of homes in the capital’s “prime […]

South African investors looking to the UK property market

South African investors looking to the UK property market

South Africa’s dramatic economic fluctuations have sowed uncertainty in certain local investment markets, and paired with a consumer price pinch, many investors are now looking abroad for property investment opportunities. “During 2017 we saw a steady decline in the residential and rental markets, despite periodic reprieves. Certain markets certainly defied buyer weariness, however they were largely […]