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Care Homes & Retirement Living 2020

Tuesday 24th November 2020

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What alternative property sectors are investors interested in?

During a year in which traditionally high-performing property sectors like office space, tourism and leisure have turned on their head, investors are taking a moment to reconsider their options. Will 2021 be the year that alternative residential property becomes the big opportunity, or will investors seek more stable commercial ventures?

Interview: Brian Welsh on the changing landscape of student housing

Brian Welsh is the Chief Executive Officer of Nido Student, Europe’s leading developer and operator of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA). As one of the sector’s leading experts in PBSA, we caught up with Brian to discuss the current state of the student housing sector and how it is being impacted as a result of the pandemic.

The winners and losers of lockdown?

Inevitably, as swift adjustments to lifestyles and working habits alter behaviour for the foreseeable future, some property markets are left pondering their options for diversification. We’re looking at which sectors are coming out on top and those that have seen the biggest hits since lockdown.

UK property market outlook: what are the experts saying?

Recent weeks and months have seen a dramatic shift in the way the population as a whole lives, works and does business. The UK property market, having started the year with a sense of optimism, faces uncertainty once again. With Zoopla having just released the latest Cities Index report, revealing that demand in the residential sales market fell by 70% in March before beginning to recover again in April, property professionals, prospective buyers and sellers alike are anxious to know what is next.

So, what are the experts saying?

Supply and demand

In our recent interview with Gráinne Gilmore, Head of Research at Zoopla, Gráinne notes that a clear outlook won’t really be certain until the full medium to long-term economic impact is realised, but does suggest signs of market recovery when social distancing restrictions start to ease off. Zoopla’s data also suggests that neither sellers nor landlords are removing property listings en masse, which means the supply will still be there when demand fully returns.

House prices

According to Miles Shipside, Commercial Director at Rightmove, the nature of the current crisis also makes predicting the effect on house prices difficult, particularly as house price indices will take several months to collect data on the current environment. Moreover, Shipside highlights that previous market downturns have been a reflection of economic circumstances as opposed to global health issues, but nevertheless forecasts a general flattening in house price value for a short period, before continuing upwards once again.

Overseas investment set to continue

Experts at Savills have commented on the increase in interest from overseas investment in London, particularly from South East Asian and Chinese buyers, right up to the outbreak, with 30% of London’s new home sales last year coming from abroad. However, noting that these types of buyers are generally happy to purchase property remotely and like the security of tenure that the UK provides, this interest isn’t predicted to die down even amidst the pandemic. On the contrary, overseas investors will want to take advantage of the weakness of sterling and get in before next year’s stamp duty increases, so this strong interest is expected to continue.

New points of focus in property trends

JLL points to the incredible acceleration of previously budding property technologies, such as virtual property tours, as something that could now be heading to mainstream markets, due to rapid shifts in attitudes since the coronavirus outbreak. With even the smallest of property agents adapting to take on new technologies and processes, JLL notes the necessity of the environment as a key driver for further developments.

Likewise, its April 2020 Global Real Estate report highlights potential implications for property sectors in light of changing demand and flexible needs, as well as newer focuses beyond the pandemic based on lessons learned. It seems that whilst many are adjusting to the new normal that is the current environment, many experts within the property sector are already thinking about the long-term implications on the way we live and work.

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Posted: 07/05/2020
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