Real Estate & Construction

The Chinese house of cards by Joshua Lee

As the world’s second-largest economy is currently experiencing its slowest growth in 28 years, there are fresh concerns over the recent underperformance of Chinese real estate markets, with analysts anticipating further deterioration unaided by a tougher lending environment and international trade tensions. Real estate accounts for approximately 25 per cent of China’s GDP and is…

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Who Owns your House? And Why Does It Matter? By Kevin Owens

Lately, the “American Dream” is starting to look a bit different than it did for previous generations. The colloquial saying refers to a utopic idea, which often includes homeownership, a goal shared not only by young people in the United States, where the phrase is commonly quoted, but around the world. Many factors affect house…

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An insight into how blockchain is restructuring real estate towards a new age of digitalisation

Christopher Oufi In 2010, 5,000 bitcoins could buy you a pizza, where 2017 brought about a modern-day phenomenon. That same number of bitcoins is now worth approximately $34 million. Its popularity has grown exponentially, and blockchain technology is here for the long-run despite any concerted attempts to apply intrusive regulation. This decentralised ledger offers the…

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The transforming business of estate agents

Frances Senn It is widely accepted that most things are easier done online. Physically entering estate agents is becoming a thing of the past. Nowadays potential buyers often have completed a preliminary property search online prior to their visit. Online property search companies offer clever capabilities; filters, price ranges and property comparisons, with the aim…

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An ageing population

Frances Senn Recent reports suggest the value of the UK housing stock has risen by a third in the past decade. However, this rise is not coming from new builds or government schemes promoting affordability, but rather it is a result of the ageing population. Between 1975 and 2015, the percentage of the population aged…

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Trump, his tax reform, and the US real estate market

Donald Trump’s tax reform is taking a stranglehold on the U.S. real estate market – Who are the real winners and losers? Christopher Oufi On 20th December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Reform Act, including a major revamp of the Internal Revenue Code. As soon as two days after this, Donald Trump signed the tax…

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