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Real estate risk – a simple question?

Originally published October 2021. Knowing what to ask is the trick to getting the right answer. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a supercomputer called Deep Thought is asked to answer the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything. After 7.5 million years, Deep Thought reports back that the answer is 42. When questioned, Deep […]

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New angles in real estate research

Originally published November 2021. An impromptu decision reveals new angles in real estate research. A few years ago, I heard of a survey in which people were asked what language they would most like to learn. I expected the result to be Mandarin or Spanish or similar, but in fact the younger cohort responded Python. That a […]

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Rinse, repeat

2022: the year of the sportswash. A city without snow and a state in the desert. Obvious places, really, to hold the Winter Olympics and football World Cup if you’re the IOC and FIFA. Welcome to 2022, the year of the sportswash. The principal outdoor venues for Beijing 2022 are – on a good day – 90 […]

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The changing economic geography of America

Originally published November 2021. Investment opportunity and political conundrum. The past 30 years saw the rise of coastal cities in the United States. New York, Boston, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and perhaps most spectacularly, San Francisco.  Immigration, the financialisation of the economy and more recently the tech boom were the economic motors. The […]

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Musings of an old real estate fund manager

It’s been five years since Neil Turner stepped down from a senior real estate position in the City. He’s been spending time writing fiction, enjoying the Suffolk countryside and the occasional visit back to Central London. The ex-fund manager writes below about how a recent trip to celebrate the retirement of an ex-colleague made him […]

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Home is where the heart is…

And where PRS and PBSA are. Across Europe, residential property is typically an emerging institutional asset class. Although at the national level, as is the case with many things in the ‘old world’, a more nuanced picture emerges. For example, the private rented sector (PRS) is the dominant sector in some institutional property markets (eg, […]

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Walt Disney’s radical vision for a new kind of city

Originally published October 2021. Since Epcot’s inception, millions of tourists have descended upon the theme park famous for its Spaceship Earth geodesic sphere and its celebration of international cultures.  But the version of Epcot visitors encounter at Disney World – currently in the midst of its 50th anniversary celebrations – is hardly what Walt Disney imagined.  In […]

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