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Saudi housing: A wicked problem?

The characteristics of ‘wicked’ problems certainly apply to the conundrum of developing housing policy for the growing population of Saudi Arabia. Read more in the latest article by our Chief Economist Julian Roche.

How will Covid-19 impact hotel valuation?

Banks and developers are pondering the extent of the impact of Covid-19 on hospitality assets and how value will be determined in light of the increased uncertainty. Anticipating these concerns, we have calibrated our valuation reports to stay ahead of the market and provide a deeper analysis of the evolving situation.

The Residential Investor Jigsaw Part Two: Capital Values

After exploring yields in Part One of our three-part series to analyse total returns, we now look at capital values as a measure that drives investment portfolios.

2020 Saudi Arabia Property Market Report

In our latest report we take a look at the performance of Saudi Arabia’s real estate market with a focus on the measures introduced to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 contagion.

Yields and Recovery: Four major questions

What determines yields? Real estate yields are usually defined as net income receivable over transaction price paid. Both terms are subject to varying definitions, whilst yields themselves apply to initial investments on exit or over a given lifetime. A standard yield model uses three independent variables: the risk-free rate, the expected rent, and the risk premium[1], all of which assume […]

Property Price Indexes for the UAE

Why build a price index? Real estate market participants want to know what is happening to key market indicators. Amongst these indicators, prices are the most important. Construction, investment, sales and portfolio forecasts and decisions all rest on which way prices have moved, and by how much. The recent history of a real estate market’s performance is a collection of […]

Q1 2020 UAE Property Market Report

In our Q1 2020 report we take a look at the performance of the UAE real estate market with a focus on the measures introduced to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 contagion. The analysis provides a comprehensive overview of the residential, commercial, retail and hospitality sectors in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.

Education Market Report 2019-2020

In our maiden report on the sector, we explore Dubai’s education market which has a high expatriate population, triggering the need for quality education that is suited to a varied audience. Among other themes, the report provides an overview on tuition fees, curriculum, teacher profiles and existing and upcoming schools.

Will Covid-19 have the same effect on real estate markets as previous pandemics?

Famous pandemics of history Plagues have marked human history, from the Black Death in the 14th century to the Great Plague in London in the 17th century and the successive waves that affected Islamic cities such as Baghdad and Alexandria in the 19th century. In more recent times, the most famous was the 1918–19 Spanish flu pandemic which infected 500 […]

Oman Market Property Report 2019 – 2020

Our latest report explores the health of Oman’s real estate industry, reviewing the performance of the residential, retail, office, industrial and hospitality segments in 2019.

Mortgages vs Payment Plans – What is the better pick?

Buy with a mortgage In most parts of the world, developers have insufficient size and financial ability to provide financial support to residential real estate purchasers. Instead, banks and other financial institutions provide mortgages for those unable, or unwilling, to make purchases in cash. In the UAE, mortgages are limited to a loan-to-value ratio of 80% (for citizens), and 75% […]

The advent of a real estate investment market in the GCC with REITs

The property price correction in the UAE has triggered many investors to explore alternate investment avenues to preserve and grow their wealth. Ironically, the current downturn in the real estate sector is also an opportune time to invest in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). REITs allow investors exposure to the real estate sector without the risk and hassle of […]
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