Viewpoint

  • 30/5/2018

    Viewpoint – Summer slowdown?

    As we are now in the holy month of Ramadan and with the thermometer and thoughts of summer starting to rise in the Middle East, we would normally expect investor interest in Islamic real estate investments to have started waning by now, which is certainly what I have seen in previous years. However, we seem […]

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  • 25/4/2018

    Viewpoint – Swiss Shariah sunrise

    Spending a week skiing in Switzerland over the recent school holidays reminded me of what a beautiful country it is, particularly among the mountains and around the lakes. Not wanting to turn our trip into a busman’s holiday, I got to thinking of excuses to come back, perhaps with a spot of real estate investment. […]

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  • 28/3/2018

    Viewpoint – Return on empathy

    Reviewing my morning IFN Alerts, I was interested to read of Olive Investments’s launch of their Shariah compliant fund to invest in Australian medical properties. It is great to see more Islamic investment focus on Australia and in this case in the healthcare sector, one that Islamic investors have been drawn to frequently over the years. While […]

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  • 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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