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10 years after Lehman, highly geared real estate debt is still available

While some lenders are writing risky UK development loans, they are unlikely to destabilise the lending market, writes Mark Bladon of Investec Structured Property Finance

What we learned from Cass

An uptick in acquisition financing, borrowers addressing debt needs ahead of Brexit, and an aversion to lending to retail are among the trends emerging from the latest report on UK property lending.

Germany’s shortage of builders says a lot about European real estate markets

We might be at a late stage of the property cycle, but capital providers are determined to find routes into the market.

Why lenders should get to know Spain’s SOCIMIs

Almost a decade since the launch of the Spanish equivalent to the REIT regime, listed property vehicles are creating significant business in the debt space.

Populism isn’t rocking markets, but it remains a threat

The far-right surge in Sweden’s election might not be a direct hazard for real estate investors and lenders, but it is a symptom of potentially damaging European political unrest.

Lessons from Lehman must remain front-of-mind

On the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the real estate debt industry is in better shape, but lenders can never become complacent again.

Five growing risks to real estate

Commercial real estate is a global investment market, meaning myriad factors – from trade wars to hedging costs – threaten to upset the sector’s smooth running.

Advisors need to be more than just brokers

Europe’s commercial property debt market is becoming more complex and intermediaries that add genuine value can become a long-term part of it.

The slow-burning impact of rising rates

Last week’s UK interest rate hike is not an immediate cause for concern in the real estate debt market, but the gradual shift in monetary policy is a headwind.

Five reasons to finance UK residential developments

While certain areas of the market continue to struggle, debt providers are increasingly drawn to the sector’s fundamentals, which offer an oasis of opportunity in the country.

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