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Israel GDP (Q2 2022)

The stronger-than-expected 6.8% q/q annualised expansion in Israel GDP in Q2 confirms that the Q1 contraction was just a blip. Economic activity remains strong and alongside the red-hot inflation figures for July, the risks are skewed to a 75bp rate hike at next week’s central bank meeting. We think a 50bp hike (to 1.75%) is just about more likely but we maintain our view that rates will reach 3.0% next year. Europe Drop-In (18th Aug.): Winter is coming to the European economy – but how harsh will it get? Join this special briefing on the economic impact of Russia’s gas supply threat. Register now.

16 August 2022

Build to Rent will continue to thrive

The latest figures suggest that Build to Rent (BTR) investment has continued to expand rapidly. Despite this trend, which predates COVID-19, the sector remains under-developed by international standards. But with plenty of opportunities for investors, we expect that gap will close over the longer term.

16 August 2022

Dublin office rebound to run out of steam

Rents in the Dublin prime office market rose rapidly in H1 2022, supported by a continued recovery in occupier demand. However, a cooling jobs market and strong supply pipeline mean that a slowdown is likely in the second half of the year.

15 August 2022
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Prices to fall and activity to slump

Tight supply has supported house prices so far, but they now appear to be stalling. Demand will only deteriorate further over the coming quarters as rising mortgage rates, high inflation, and the recession weigh on buyers’ budgets and confidence. While a more robust labour market and lower peak in interest rates than during previous corrections should help limit the damage, we expect house prices to fall by 7% over the next two years. Mortgage approvals and transactions are also set to slump to their lowest levels for over a decade.

12 August 2022

Energy crisis hotting up

The biggest problem in Europe’s energy markets is the reduction in Russia’s gas exports. But extreme weather conditions are compounding the problem by making life difficult for nuclear, hydro and coal-fired power plants. Next week, we expect to learn that employment increased slightly in the second quarter. Drop-In: Europe under siege – The economic impact of Russia’s gas threat Thursday, 18th August 10:00 ET/15:00 BST. Register now.

Global trends point to a more difficult decade ahead

Commercial property wasn’t initially hit by the worsening in economic conditions at the turn of the year, but there are now growing signs of anxiety. Not only that, but even if the economic gloom is short lived and any downturn is mild, we expect structural factors to make for a listless global real estate recovery. In view of the wider interest, we are also sending this UK Commercial Property Update to clients of our European and US Commercial Property Services.

12 August 2022

Valuations worsen further, but may be bottoming out

Commercial property valuations worsened for the sixth quarter in a row in Q2, and for all-property is now the most overvalued since late 2007. But since the end of June gilt yields have edged back and we doubt they will match their previous peak over the next couple of years. With property yields also set to rise we therefore doubt that valuations will continue to deteriorate.

11 August 2022

RICS Residential Market Survey (Jul.)

The RICS survey showed that weaker demand has not yet fed through to falls in prices, but sales volumes are beginning to wilt. We think it is just a matter of time before prices follow activity lower.

11 August 2022
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