Specialist Property Investment Market

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www.hughesellard.com Hello. My name Carl walker, Director at Hughes Ellard, one of the South’s largest and fastest growing commercial property consultants. I thought it might be of interest to provide a quick overview into how the specialist investment market has recently performed, and what things might look like throughout 2012. The first few months of 2012 have seen a marked change in the investment market. Smaller investment lots remain attractive in all sectors, especially below the £250000 stamp duty land tax threshold. The cash is still there but investor confidence has dropped since the Christmas break. Couple this with limited bank funding and the market is thin, although values are generally being maintained. Single let industrial and retail in larger sizes is harder to price. The loss of confidence from the end of 2011 could just as easily be reversed given that there are few more attractive options available in alternative investment sectors. It was this lack of attractive alternatives which kept interest in property comparatively high in 2011, notwithstanding concerns about the long term fundamentals and increasing rates of vacancy, particularly for retail. For certain funds and property companies, multi-let industrial property remains attractive. The sector is reasonably robust, vacancy levels along the M27 corridor tend to be low, there is no new stock being developed and the multi-let nature of the estates offers a spread of risk. Late 2011 saw the sale of


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