A real estate ownership revolution on the horizon

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Eight years since it was first floated, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has announced that it will issue its definitive guide to the new lease accounting standards by the end of 2015. The new standard has been in the pipeline long enough for many organisations to forget about its implications. And that’s no surprise. […]

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Why should HR care about real estate?

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Just recently official sources announced that unemployment in the UK has reached a seven-year low. Albeit great news for the economy, rapidly emerging vacancies create a new challenge for businesses. Top management consultancies say in unison that companies are increasingly concerned about attracting and retaining talent. There is a disappointing lack of diversity, skills, and […]

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CRE lessons from coffee culture

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I am a man who loves his coffee. My mid-morning coffee run is an integral and non-negotiable part of my working day, as important as brushing my teeth and a reward for making it a quarter way through the day. You can therefore imagine my disappointment when, after a hectic morning recently, I ordered a […]

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Will rising rates bring this investment cycle to an end?

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Global transactional volumes continued their period of growth in the second quarter growing by 9% over the first half of this year.  At half year transactional activity stands at US$333 billion almost 50% up on the same period just two years ago, demonstrating the attraction of real assets in this current cycle. The longer this […]

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The UK needs to look at its capabilities, including land and property, to secure its manufacturing future

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Recent figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that in the first six months of this year, UK car manufacturing reached its highest half year total since 2008, with some 793,642 car rolling off UK production lines; and this follows a stellar 2014 in which UK car manufacturers produced just under […]

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UK housing policies laid bare with 10 weeks to election

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With 10 weeks to go until the UK General Election, latest polls from YouGov show the Conservatives and Labour are tied for the lead. YouGov’s poll indicates the Tories and Labour are both expected to win 33% of the vote on 7th May 2015. The Liberal Democrats are expected to win 8% while UKIP is in line for 15%. This means the UK is likely to see a coalition again with either […]

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From here to Agility…

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The dictionary definition of ‘Agile’ is: to be fast, nimble, responsive and powerful. A great word, with many positive connotations.  In recent years it has been co-opted into corporate vocabulary, coming to symbolise the aspirational qualities of ideal workplaces. I think it is a word we will hear used with greater frequency by businesses in […]

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JLL Crossrail tool shows effect on house prices

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Crossrail will become fully operational in late-2019. The east to west cross-London line will increase capacity by around 10% on the Capital’s tube and train network, but new research by JLL Residential forecasts how much house prices and rents are projected to rise over the next six years as well as identifying the locations that […]

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Bold ECB move impresses markets. How effective will it be in restarting economic growth?

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Last Thursday, the European Central Bank announced its long-anticipated quantitative easing (QE) programme, involving asset purchases of €60bn a month from March. This was slightly higher than initial expectations and the immediate market impact has been positive.  The euro has fallen to an 11 year low, broadly as expected. Stock prices rose in Europe and […]

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