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The UK property sector really is in uncharted waters!

by Ray Clancy on February 18, 2009

How has UK property faired over the longer term?While doom and gloom still hovers over the UK property market, with many analysts expecting substantial falls during 2009, is there any comparison between the current situation and house price movements since the Nationwide House Price Index began in 1952?

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Who do you blame for the Dubai property downturn?

February 12, 2009

A short time ago we set up a poll which gave readers of the forum the chance to vote on who and what they believed caused the property downturn in Dubai. There is an array of different elements included in the vote and the results so far (the poll is still alive and ongoing) make [...]

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The US housing market is set to get worse!

January 26, 2009

As the US population welcomes President Barak Obama to the White House it would appear that over the past few months a feel-good factor has started to emerge in the US, in light of the changing political environment. However, a look at the US housing market and forecasts for the future would firmly suggest that [...]

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Who to blame for the Dubai property downturn

January 2, 2009

As the Dubai property downturn gathers pace many people are speculating with regards to the underlying reasons for the sudden disappearance of confidence in what had been one of the more buoyant markets of recent times. Even though we are currently in the middle of a significant worldwide economic downturn there is speculation that other [...]

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Are we set to see credit crunch part two in the UK banking sector?

December 29, 2008

While the UK banking sector has taken a serious hit over the last 12 months many had believed the multibillion pound taxpayer led bailout would be more than enough to see the sector through the bad times. However there are now serious concerns that we may well see credit crunch part two in the first [...]

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Malaysian property and the hare and the tortoise

December 18, 2008

A recent report by the Association of Valuers and Property Consultants in Private Practice Malaysia (PEPS) has highlighted a very useful concept which appears to offer a large degree of protection to the property market in Malaysia. When compared to neighbouring countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand the price of property in Malaysia [...]

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Is it correct for the United Arab Emirates authorities to control supply in the property market?

November 20, 2008

The last few days have seen the emergence of a “plan of attack” by the Dubai authorities in relation to the difficult property markets in the region. It has been confirmed that the authorities in the region are currently undergoing a detailed fact-finding mission to see how the supply and demand balance is holding up [...]

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What are the consequences of the reduction in UK interest rates?

November 12, 2008

Yesterday’s momentous 1.5% reduction in UK base rates has certainly grabbed the headlines in the UK and around the world but what does this actually mean for the economy and is this the end of the credit crunch?While there are many factors to consider a number of people may be surprised to learn that the [...]

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Indian property market under severe pressure

October 30, 2008

Over the last few years there have been two emerging economies around the world which have stood out from all of the rest. China and India have emerged from the shadows and led the worldwide economy on an upward spiral due to their massive internal investment which has impacted upon both investment and commodity markets. [...]

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Canadian government acts to shore up mortgage market

October 16, 2008

In a move which was unexpected by some in the market, at least at this stage, it looks as though the Canadian authorities have taken pre-emptive action to ensure that the Canadian financial markets do not crash and burn like so many around the world.  The situation was far from serious but it seems as [...]

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New Zealand banks at high risk of mortgage default

October 16, 2008

If the rumours coming out of New Zealand are correct then it looks as though the country could be in for a very rocky ride over the next few months.  It seems that New Zealand banks may be more at risk than the average mortgage bank due to the way in which business has been [...]

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