Rays of Success

In like a lion, out like a lamb. The middle of March arrived and for the property industry this can only mean MIPIM; a chance for the UK delegates to leave behind the grey clouds of bad weather and political uncertainty and enjoy the warm hospitality of the French Riviera. I have attended many-a-MIPIM but

Dutch Result Points to Continuation of Policies

Results from Wednesday’s General Election in the Netherlands appear set to keep incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte in power at the head of a new coalition government. The populist PVV (“Freedom Party”) did manage to increase its representation in the 150-seat Dutch parliament to 20 from 15 seats, but this was well short of what

It’s Office Using Jobs, Stupid!

In preparing my presentation to our institutional clients at the recent CBRE 2017 Investor Symposium in Scottsdale, I was intent on watching President Trump’s congressional address the night before. Since the president’s speech occurred at the same time as our client dinner, I convinced the restaurant’s bartender to tune in the television. Lo and behold

Who are the Barbarians at the Gate?

I don’t imagine I am the only person struggling to believe that MIPIM is upon us already. The first two months of the year seem to fly by more quickly every year, but as we approach the end of the first quarter, it leads me to question what have we established about the ambitions of the

Real Estate and the Global Reflation Trade

For three months now, the economic news has been relentlessly positive, despite a highly eventful political environment. The global economy picked up speed in August 2016, and this momentum has carried into 2017, particularly in EMEA. Our recently released 2017 Global Market Outlook paints an optimistic picture of global real estate in terms of rents

Of SWFs and Kings…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of pension funds–and allocations, Of SWFs–and kings”

Student Housing Investment Soars

Acquisitions of U.S. student housing soared in 2016. Lending activity was equally dynamic. New buyers were attracted to the space. Student housing remained resilient and healthy. Investment Volume Rises to $10 Billion The industry’s staggering performance is clear in the total transaction volume of $9.8 billion, which is $4.2 billion more than 2015’s volume and

Truth, Justice and the American Way?

Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe. – Lex Luthor, Super Villain My middle child is 11 and he likes superhero movies. On nights when I’m home, we watch different

Touchdown! Houston Scores

Soon after Houston won the bid to host Super Bowl LI, a major oil bust sacked the city.

Global Gateway Cities and the Real Estate Paradigm: “Locnection”

Major shifts in the paradigms of consumerism, commerce and real estate are underway; being driven by changing technology, demographics, urbanisation, greater global connections and climate change. Gateway cities, hubs for global investors and occupiers alike, stand at the forefront of these changes and are where we first see the impact of these mega-trends on real