Rain Check

It has been a few weeks since the UK referendum result and conversations have quickly moved from the initial shock and surprise to what effect it will really have on the economy, and in particular, the property market. We have seen a few glimpses of the vote’s impact through the closure of some of the

Is A Puzzlement!

Not only was the King of Siam puzzled, but so are many well-versed veteran real estate industry players when we speak of real estate capital markets. There are times I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely know Very often find confusion In conclusion, I concluded long ago In my head are

Chinese Capital in Control

Chinese capital is dominating Asian outbound real estate investment, with New York overtaking London as the top city destination for Asian investors overall. Asian investment is off to a strong start in 2016 reaching $27.0 billion in the first half of the year. Chinese groups were particularly lively, accounting for around 60% of total outbound investment, led

Cautiously Optimistic

While the U.S. capital markets environment has cooled compared to last year, it is important to note that this trend is vastly different from the one experienced after the peak of the last cycle in 2007. Then, the unravelling of the national economy, financial markets and property markets, which occurred seemingly overnight, drastically reduced real

Manufacturing the Competition

The United States is set to overtake China as the top country for “manufacturing competitiveness” by 2020, according to research from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. The study notes that as global manufacturing shifts toward high-margin products and services, countries with strong networks of innovation, developed physical infrastructure, highly educated workforces

Real Estate Returns in a World of Ultra-low Interest Rates

Although investment volumes dropped sharply at the start of the year—understandable given equity market volatility—it is clear that there remains an appetite for real estate assets. In a world of ultra-low interest rates, the case for real estate remains strong given its long duration and attractive spread over bond rates. We expect the volume of capital that flows into real estate in 2016 to be

On Ice Cream, Pizza and Operational Excellence

Close your eyes and think of the worst business plan imaginable for an ice cream store. You might

Is the End of the Cycle Drawing Near?

The first quarter of 2016 saw a large, globally correlated drop in real estate investment activity. Confidence has since improved, but after

Millennial Myth Buster: young Americans DO like the suburbs

For the past several years, conventional wisdom has held that city-loving millennials are flocking to urban cores and will remain there in such numbers that the American suburbs, already well past their prime, can only experience further steady decline. As is often the case, though, the real story is more nuanced; census and CBRE market

Pokémon. So?

The frenzy around Pokémon GO has doubled the value of Nintendo (which developed the game together with the Pokémon Company and Niantic) since it was released on July 6, adding $20 billion to the company’s market cap in less than a month, and has far outpaced other mobile-device games in terms of active users, retention