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Another upbeat MIPIM, though concerns about headwinds are building

Industry figures at the annual Cannes gathering predicted another strong year for real estate, but acknowledged threats including Brexit and slower eurozone growth.

The UK housing debt gap creates opportunities for lenders

Britain is in dire need of residential development. Debt providers can play an important role in supplying the necessary finance.

Lenders can be part of the solution for retail

Debt providers and borrowers need to work together if they are to help struggling shopping properties.

German banks need a legal fix to stay competitive in post-Brexit Britain

The Pfandbrief Act needs to change if Germany’s lenders are to use cheap funding to write UK loans.

Less cyclical? Maybe. More complex? Definitely

The conservative use of debt by commercial property investors has reduced the likelihood of boom-and-bust, but the market is becoming more intricate in this elongated cycle.

The benefits of going solo and then syndicating

German banks’ ability to underwrite mega-loans shows their confidence in the originate-to-distribute model when the right deals come to market.

The UK build-to-rent debt market needs more data

The pipeline of purpose-built rental housing for the UK has never been fuller. But while institutional equity is bullish, the sector’s lenders need more clarity on market metrics.

Lenders will benefit as flexible working loses its cool factor

Land Securities’ launch of a flexible office brand is the latest example of the model going mainstream.

Fundraising is down, but debt remains a ‘great place to hide out’

Debt strategies will continue to play an important role in the coming years, despite the volume of capital raised for property credit funds dropping sharply in 2018.

It’s time for lenders to consider customer care

Debt providers stand to benefit from property owners’ growing focus on customer experience.

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