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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 […]

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.

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.

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. […]

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.

Q2 2019 UAE Property Market Report

Real estate market conditions remained challenging in Q2 2019, with prices continuing to decline, albeit at a slower pace in some communities. Supply remains the primary driver for price declines, and developers continue to offer attractive payment options with the aim of turning tenants into owner-occupiers.

The long-run view: demographic trends in the UAE

Real estate markets and demographics What drives real estate prices – sheer numbers or economic weight? Intuitively, all other things being equal, consistently higher rates of growth of resident population in a region or country will drive up real estate prices by comparison to its neighbours and competitors. The IMF once even advanced a rule that a 0.25% rise in […]

Currency Adjusted Real Estate Indices

Cavendish Maxwell has sought to improve investor understanding of returns in the UAE market for international investors by presenting them in local currencies. The resultant Currency Adjusted Real Estate indices enable instantaneous comparison of returns.

The vital importance of market data for real estate market stakeholders

Effective market research, the lynchpin of successful real estate development and investment, is impossible without reliable data; without it, developers and investors face significantly higher risks.

2019 Kuwait Property Market Report

Our first full report on Kuwait’s property market highlights that whilst the country’s economy is still largely driven by oil, other sectors, such as retail, showed robust performance.

Accurate data critical to UAE banks mitigating risks of loan impairments under IFRS9 guidelines

Under new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 9, all GCC banks compliant with the standards are required to break down investment portfolios into pre-defined stages. Accordingly, Stage 2 – referred to as underperforming, where credit risk has increased significantly since initial recognition – warns stakeholders to account for expected credit losses, especially since the classification could lead to business troubles […]

Real estate markets and stock markets: two stories, or just one?

Why does it matter? Real estate indices generally exhibit a much smoother and less volatile evolution than listed real estate return performance. This is explained by three data measurement issues: the impact of property valuations rather than actual transactions, the aggregation bias of combining results over time, and the effect of financial leverage in listed entities which increases the volatility […]
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