Curbing Foreign Investment: A Worldwide Trend

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The Canadian Province of British Columbia has become the latest legislator to attempt to curb inflows of foreign capital into its domestic residential markets. Last week, the B.C Province government took steps to ease pressures in Vancouver’s metropolitan real estate market with the introduction of a 15% stamp duty surcharge for foreign nationals. The popularity […]

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Offshore wind power: will auctions in the Netherlands give the UK some Dutch courage?

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The announcement that Dong Energy has won the rights to develop the Borselle 1 & 2 offshore wind projects in the Netherlands did not come as a surprise to many observers: the Danish utility is the undisputed world leader in offshore wind development. However, the price at which it did so, €72.70 per megawatt-hour, was […]

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Europe: the rise of the secondary city

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International investors have long coveted exposure to Europe’s largest property markets such as London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.  Yet, there are numerous barriers to entry that mean gaining access to these markets is difficult and there are relatively limited opportunities compared with the high levels of interest. Furthermore, following extended periods of rapid capital value growth, […]

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The real cost of too much efficiency

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Most people would agree that more efficiency is a good thing. In the workplace more efficiency, or workplace optimisation in Corporate Real Estate (CRE) speak, means cost savings for businesses. Making more efficient use of existing offices through co-working or hot desking, for example, can reduce the need for floorspace and thereby property costs. Incorporating […]

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Supply Chains & Real Estate – No Longer Disconnected by a Common Language

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A little over a year ago I made my first ever visit across that big pond and immediately upon visiting London, was told to “Mind the gap” by the polite, omnipresent voice on the Piccadilly line. Excuse me? You mean “Watch your step”, right? Utterly confused, I trekked on to JLL’s office for a friendly […]

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Insurers join the race to make the world a better place

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Whichever news outlet you looked at over the Christmas period, one thing dominated… the weather:  From a continual onslaught of flooding in the UK, severe storms and tornadoes in the U.S. to a searing heatwave in Australia. With the recent warning from NASA that the current El Nino weather phenomenon could be as bad as […]

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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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