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6 November 2019

The Residential Investor Jigsaw Part One: Yields

Wise investors recognise that yields are an important, but not the only, measure that should drive their investment portfolios, which ought to be managed for, and judged by, total return in relation to risk. Significantly for the global market, however, the wave of increasingly elderly baby-boomers, all in need of stable cashflow in retirement, means that yield is acquiring ever […]
29 October 2019

Saadiyat Island: Cavendish Maxwell Special Report

The report provides a macroeconomic and demographic overview of Abu Dhabi and aims to highlight the key differentiators and yield profile for Saadiyat Island as an investment destination.
20 October 2019

What’s working for co-working?

A simple business model of leasing large, coveted office space on a shared basis; a peak valuation of USD 47 billion; a mission to “to elevate the world’s consciousness”. These factors seemed to be the ideal ingredients for a successful start-up with a social conscience – WeWork. But, one look at a filing from the industry-leading unicorn as part of […]
16 October 2019

Q3 2019 UAE Property Market Report

Real estate market conditions remained similar to the previous quarter as prices and rents continue to soften. However, price declines have brought properties within the reach of many, with transaction volumes increasing and tenants choosing to upgrade to better locations and larger units.
25 September 2019

Interest rates, lending and the real estate market

What has happened Responding swiftly to the cut in interest rates by the US Federal Reserve, the UAE central bank followed suit in September this year with a reduction of 25 basis points to 2.25%. This is far from a historic low: interest rates in the UAE averaged 1.43% from 2007 until 2019, reaching an all-time high of 4.75% in […]
18 September 2019

2019 Saudi Arabia Property Market Report

Cavendish Maxwell’s first Saudi Arabia Property Market Report for 2019 covers key data and overviews into the residential, retail, office and industrial, and hospitality sectors.
17 September 2019

Why short-term rentals are essential for long-term growth

Short-term rental accommodation, or holiday homes, have been a hot topic of discussion over the past couple of weeks, first because of Emaar Properties’ entry into the space with its short-term rentals platform Ease by Emaar, followed by the developer banning such stays in its Downtown Dubai community with effect from September 19. Apart from the fact that the move […]
5 September 2019

The e-commerce impact: Beyond retail into real estate

We’ve been listening to news of an increasing number of stores announcing closures, citing unviable trading conditions in the face of heated competition from e-commerce and changing preferences of a new demographic. The latest retail giant to report trouble is Forever 21, who as of last week was preparing for a potential Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The ramifications of these […]
20 August 2019

Robots, Buildings and Investors: Corporate valuation for developers in the new era for real estate

Business valuation has always relied on the triangulation between three different methodologies: discounted cashflow (DCF), comparable analysis, and some form of dividend valuation approach.
31 July 2019

2019 Bahrain Market Report and Review of 2018

Following the oil price decline of 2014, Bahrain has undertaken several reforms and diversification efforts to return to fiscal stability. Against this backdrop, our first Bahrain Property Market Report for 2018-2019 covers key data and overviews into the residential, retail, office and industrial, and hospitality sectors.
30 July 2019

Methodologies for forecasting the UAE real estate market

The importance of forecasts Every well-planned real estate investment decision is underpinned by a series of market and site-specific forecasts. For a construction project, the most important are almost inevitably the projected sales price and schedule, and construction costs, whilst for an investment, it is future rents, eventual sales price, yields, and most probably, financial variables such as interest rates. […]
22 July 2019

Building Insurance: What To Consider?

Sunil Parmar, Associate Partner of the Project and Building Consultancy department at Cavendish Maxwell, explains the common yet significant risks associated with Reinstatement Cost Assessments (RCAs), otherwise known as insurance valuations for properties.

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