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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.

Shop carefully in the retail space

The UK retail sector may be in crisis, but amid the challenges lenders can still find opportunities.

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.

Five signs of a liquid debt market

In the face of headwinds including Brexit, rate rises and high street woes, these trends show there is still a strong appetite to provide debt.

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.

Lenders must not waste the Asia opportunity

Cosying up to Eastern money is a strategic must for European debt providers as strong demand from the continent for London offices mitigates Brexit outflows closer to home.

Germany’s sky-high property prices mean it’s all about the rent

Yields have reached a floor in the country, meaning investors and lenders should focus on assets with potential for rental growth.

Spanish banks want to play at development again

The financing of a shopping scheme in the country demonstrates banks’ returning appetite for real estate debt.

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