• 28/2/2018

    Viewpoint – Postcard from my travels

    I’ve just returned from two weeks of travel, meeting with both existing and prospective Islamic investors in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. With eight flights covering close to 16,500 miles, there was plenty of time to sleep, watch the latest films, but also catch up on my real estate reading. The recently released JLL […]

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  • 25/1/2018

    Viewpoint – Islamic Finance News – What’s the Alternative?

    Welcome to 2018! My year started by waking on 1st January in a beautiful and thankfully warm treehouse amongst the English countryside. As a colleague described it: “Philip is up a tree”, but it really was a fantastic experience with my family, and on reflection this set the tone for the year so far. One […]

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  • 27/10/2017

    Viewpoint – The REIT time for funds?

    The success of REITs in the Saudi market has been remarkable. Since the legislation was issued just 12 months ago, there have been six listings and I wonder if this is contributing to a greater appetite for Islamic funds generally. The Saudi REITs to date have a combined market value of around SAR3.36 billion (US$894.95 […]

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  • 2/10/2017

    Viewpoint – Making hay while the sun shines

    Our own 90 North was delighted to be a sponsor of IFN Europe Forum in London on the 11th and 12th September. Its timing could not have been better for Islamic real estate, on which as you would imagine we focused our attention. With the US having had its long Labor Day weekend, UK children […]

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  • 23/8/2017

    Viewpoint – Innovation in Islamic real estate investment: Is there any?

    I was recently asked in a Q&A session what innovations there are in the Islamic real estate investment world at the moment and I confess that I had to admit that I wasn’t aware of any. The global financial crisis started 10 years ago this summer, and as you will recall, took two years to […]

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  • 26/6/2017

    Viewpoint – The more things change, the more they stay the same

    I’ve written before on the resilience of Islamic real estate investors and their ability to absorb shocks, most notably with Donald Trump being elected and a vote for Brexit, but I feel compelled to bring this subject up again with Mr Trump’s actions being discussed at the most senior level in US politics and Theresa […]

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  • 30/5/2017

    Viewpoint – Multi multifamily

    Providing an explanation of the term multifamily for those not familiar with the US real estate market, as it was a phrase that flummoxed me when I first heard it, multifamily refers to the rental of apartments and houses to individuals within the same complex, for example, an apartment block with shared amenities. Explanation behind […]

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  • 19/4/2017

    Viewpoint – Fashionable Students

    Islamic investor interest in student accommodation would appear to peak every two to three years; while our own 90 North’s first acquisition was in the student sector in 2012 and we were far from alone that year, I last wrote about Islamic investor activity in mid-2014 and find myself again putting fingers to the keyboard […]

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  • 29/3/2017

    Viewpoint – Islamic real estate down under

    Never underestimate Australia. At least that’s what I’ve learnt since researching it further. Firstly, it’s a lot bigger than you think. If it could be placed over Europe, if would completely block out the sun, all the way from Ireland and Portugal in the west to Romania in the east. Equally, it’s not far off […]

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  • 21/2/2017

    Viewpoint – Real estate: Malaysian harvesting of London profits

    As the plans of Islamic investors for 2017 have been finalized and, in many cases, shared with the world, I’ve picked up on a noticeable trend of what could be interpreted as Malaysian investors choosing to exit the London real estate market. First to share with the Malaysian press was the intention of the Federal […]

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