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Retail property: a road to recovery?

“£180 billion of lockdown savings”, “Retail sales back to pre-pandemic levels”, “High street footfall shows signs of recovery” (Source: Financial Times, BBC, Modern Retail). While the positive headlines surrounding the reopening of the retail sector is a welcome change from the ‘death of the high street’ narrative, whether the combination of reopening and pent-up consumer […]

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The march of beds

Originally published January 2021. The European real estate universe grows ever move diverse by the year, with the constant geographical expansion of previous times now replaced by a push into new sectors and, more fundamentally, new ways of investing, with an exposure to the operational side of the asset. This has been driven by a […]

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Not all property recessions are the same

Originally published February 2021. For investors, the recent decline in retail property performance might suggest opportunity for acquiring property at distressed pricing. The challenge for such investors is to identify discounts associated with the covid-induced recession versus discounts associated with the structural distress in the retail sector.  Investors might similarly expect distressed opportunity to emerge […]

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The mythical beast of bitcoin

Cryptocurrency is something of a fairy tale, but the real story is one of central banks seeking financial repression by any means possible. Arguably, the best background reading for global finance over the past 30 years was written by the Brothers Grimm more than 200 years ago. Particularly pertinent is the tale of Hansel and […]

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Branching out: what trees can do for farming

Originally published 28 January 2020. As UK agriculture faces major funding changes, one important resource should not be overlooked in developing sustainable farming systems Those who remember farming in the decades after the second world war, especially the 1970s, will know that the emphasis was very much on production. Arable farmers were encouraged and even […]

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Monopoly moves with the times

Just as the board game now comes in startlingly modern variations, real estate itself has evolved to match our changing world. he property board game Monopoly has been around since 1935, though it was based on an older educational game. Just in case you have never played Monopoly, it works like this: players move around […]

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Confessions of a valuer – chapter 16: Nigella, Thatcher’s downfall & madness

In this very special series of exclusive articles for The Property Chronicle, Australian property legend Norman Harker reflects on his extraordinary 50-year life in real estate. He will pull no punches partly because, as he freely admits, Norman has a limited life expectancy of five years from December 2018 due to a diagnosed terminal blood […]

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Healthcare property under the microscope

In a sector where outdated practices are a matter of life or death, providers need to value their buildings in a way that recognises health technology. If 2020 taught us one thing, it’s that global healthcare capacity is critically low and one factor essential to its effective delivery is constantly overlooked – real estate.  Pre-pandemic, […]

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