Viewpoint

  • 16/9/2020

    Viewpoint – Dodging distress in the new normal

    It was a different summer in many ways this year, including continued investor activity during a period when most would have been taking some time off overseas. However, there has still been a noticeable uptick in interest since the start of September, with both a realisation that the end of the year is fast approaching […]

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  • 10/9/2020

    Viewpoint – Dutch Office Technology Leading the Wellbeing Revolution

    Our Head of Continental Europe, Lisa Amin, shares her thoughts on Dutch offices and how they are leading the way in healthier more sustainable workspaces. We believe it is still too early to be certain about the long-term impact COVID-19 will have on the office sector and work behaviour; however it seems unlikely the new […]

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  • 13/8/2020

    Viewpoint – US Real Estate Investment – Inspiration from the Open Road

    Our Head of North America, Dan Cooper, takes inspiration from his summer travels to revisit the key attributes he looks for in a real estate investment, particularly during a Covid-19 economy. For those that know me, while an optimist personally, I get paid to be prudent, evaluate risk, invest, create value and realise returns; therefore, […]

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  • 15/7/2020

    Viewpoint – New growth

    As most of us find ourselves coming out of lockdown and determining what the ‘new normal’ will look like, I want to share some evidence of new growth in our Shariah compliant real estate portfolio. Working under the restrictions imposed by the state of Ohio, work has continued to fit out a 43,000 square foot […]

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  • 14/7/2020

    Viewpoint – V for Victory with UK Student Accommodation

    Our Head of United Kingdom and student accommodation specialist John Yeend shares his thoughts on the UK student accommodation sector, how universities are adapting to COVID-19 and how demographics are key to understanding the resilience and opportunity that the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector provides.   A Maturing Sector: Since the removal of the cap […]

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  • 11/6/2020

    Viewpoint – Closing during COVID-19

    In recent articles, I have covered the practicalities of conducting due diligence during a lockdown and my observation that COVID-19 is accelerating human behavioural changes that were already advancing, but now I can share my experiences from recent closings of acquisitions. For during the second half of May we did just that, both in the […]

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  • 15/5/2020

    Viewpoint – Catalyst for change

    I was privileged to be asked to join a private webinar by one of our Middle Eastern investors last week, which provided the opportunity for its external equities advisor to share his thoughts on the markets during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is healthy to step out of your own world from time to time and […]

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  • 14/5/2020

    Viewpoint – Islamic real estate industry continues to have much to contribute to investors

    Shariah compliant real estate investment has long been an established product offering for Islamic investment managers. The allure of bricks and mortar remains, frequently with an attractive income component compared to equities or Sukuk. While tenant use of course needs to be monitored, the basics of real estate investment suit Shariah principles well, with a […]

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  • 17/4/2020

    Viewpoint – Investing during a lockdown

    While of course everyone’s first concern and priority is beating COVID-19, the now almost universal lockdown to achieve this is changing established protocols among Islamic investors. While some are in a ‘wait and see’ mode, for a great number of Islamic investors the attractions of stable income generated from real estate look attractive against the […]

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  • 12/3/2020

    Viewpoint – ESG in our DNA

    I am delighted with the seemingly exponential growth of environmental and social responsibility consciousness over the last year, as well as the less reported but equally important area of responsible governance. What a healthy contrast to the ‘greed is good’ attitude of the 1980s. But such environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are already in […]

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