Real Estate & Construction

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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The UK House Prices Dilemma

Frances Senn The value of the UK’s housing stock soars past £6tn, yet this month marks the first month in which UK housing prices have fallen. This is a trend which could, potentially, continue. Figures show that wealth in housing is mainly concentrated in the expected areas: the South East and London, with the majority…

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Eastern Europe and the EU — reawakened growth

Christopher Oufi Following a disastrous 2016, Eastern European countries have begun brushing off the pain. A halt in financing for projects from the EU resulted in one of the strongest collective sectors crumble right before their eyes. The construction sector is now beginning to regain momentum within the area, with sustained growth and a positive…

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Will Abolishing Stamp Duty Help First Time Buyers?

Frances Senn In the most recent budget, Phillip Hammond announced plans to abolish the stamp duty for first time buyers looking on low value housing. This new piece of legislation looks to help young people climb onto the first rung of the property ladder. The idea behind this is that it will make deposits more…

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Global Real Estate Concerns – The House Always Wins?

Benjamin Foster Global real estate markets are facing increased concerns as the fundamentals of previously booming markets begin to scare regulators and institutional investors. The main target of this disquiet is China, with Beijing and Shanghai both well known for ballooning house prices and witnessing double-digit gains last year. Whilst this has prompted a degree…

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