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....Think about the scandal of people having to pay huge ground rents just to stay in their own homes. For years, big property developers have been flogging the freeholds on newly built estates to speculators, often based offshore, whose only relationship with the people living there is to hit them with ever-larger bills. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....With the risk that factory closures and mass unemployment would breed political unrest, the Chinese government replaced the burst western credit bubble with a credit bubble of its own. They ordered banks to lend freely to property developers and backed this up with a massive public infrastructure programme. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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How Trump v Kim can wreck the world economy without a shot being fired | Larry Elliott image
....With the risk that factory closures and mass unemployment would breed political unrest, the Chinese government replaced the burst western credit bubble with a credit bubble of its own. They ordered banks to lend freely to property developers and backed this up with a massive public infrastructure programme. ...
Britain is still a world-beater at one thing: ripping off its own citizens | Aditya Chakrabortty image
....Think about the scandal of people having to pay huge ground rents just to stay in their own homes. For years, big property developers have been flogging the freeholds on newly built estates to speculators, often based offshore, whose only relationship with the people living there is to hit them with ever-larger bills. ...
Community groups call time on the demise of the British pub image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of July 2017 04:19:25 PM
....The north-west of England and Wales are home to the largest numbers of co-operative pubs, and while many are located in rural areas, there are a number in towns and cities. The Ivy House in Nunhead, south-east London, is one of two co-operatively owned pubs in the capital – the other is the Antwerp Arms in Tottenham – and was saved by a dedicated group of volunteers who raised £1m to buy the freehold and refurbish the property after it was closed down by Enterprise Inns in 2012 and sold to a property developer. ...
Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of July 2017 06:00:06 AM
.... Following a poll supported by 83% of local residents, St Ives banned outsiders from buying newly built homes in the area. A legal challenge by property developers was fought off, and several other Cornish villages are now seeking to impose similar bans. ...
George Clooney sells his tequila company for up to $1bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 07:40:41 AM
....A tequila company co-founded by George Clooney has been sold to UK drinks firm Diageo for up to $1bn (£790m). The company behind Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Baileys announced it would buy Casamigos, created four years ago by the American actor, together with Cindy Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber and property developer Mike Meldman. ...
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Compensation at last for Britons burned by Spain’s property crash image
....After years of legal wrangling and setbacks, British homebuyers who were caught cold by the Spanish property market crash are finally beginning to recoup the millions they paid for holiday homes that were never built. A ruling in Spain’s supreme court in December 2015 opened the way for an estimated 130,000 Britons to claim directly from the banks rather than property developers, who promptly declared themselves bankrupt. ...
Greece approves $8bn Chinese-backed resort project outside Athens image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 06:57:42 PM
....Greece committed to sell off state assets under the terms of the international bailout keeping its economy afloat since 2010. Its main private property developer, Lamda, signed a deal in 2014 to build on the Hellenikon coastal area, in one of Europe’s biggest real estate development projects. ...
The great London property squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:30:19 AM
.... From Nine Elms up to Vauxhall and along to Southwark and Blackfriars bridges, mile upon mile of apartments in gated complexes have already been built. At Elephant and Castle the Australian property developer Lendlease is working with Southwark council to render the area unrecognisable, replacing the affordable housing that once characterised it with a forest of gleaming towers. ...
London is still a global draw despite Brexit, says British Land image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 07:59:48 AM
....”. However, a report from Deloitte suggests the prospects for property developers could worsen as there is a glut of office space in the capital. ...
Stop spending money on avocados? Good idea, I’ll have a house deposit by 2117 | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett image
....And now, avocados are the reason that people like me can’t afford to buy houses. How did this happen? Well, the theory posited by Australian millionaire and property mogul Tim Gurner is that if young people weren’t spending so much money on brunch, they might be able to afford to buy a house (which has nothing to do with luxury property developers such as Gurner, naturellement). ...
Millionaire tells millennials: if you want a house, stop buying avocado toast image
....An Australian millionaire and real estate mogul has advice for millennials struggling to purchase a home: stop buying avocado toast. Tim Gurner, a luxury property developer in Melbourne responsible for over $3. ...
Kushner family business cancels China business pitch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 04:16:54 AM
....The EB-5 visa programme, often used by wealthy Chinese nationals, allows foreign investors a path to a green card if they invest more than $500,000 in a project that creates jobs in the US. Critics of the programme say it is used as a means of cheap financing for property developers. ...
The Ronald, the Donald – and a hamstrung Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 06:59:01 AM
....75% and 1% at its March meeting, and Yellen said there would probably be just two more quarter-point rises this year. She was under pressure from Republicans to signal a more rapid increase, but was clear in her view that a Trump boom is still just a twinkle in the former property developer’s eye. ...
Student digs in Britain giving first-class returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:40:59 PM
....Research by the Guardian last year showed that the average cost of purpose-built student accommodation has risen by 23% over the past five years to £147 a week last year. The increasing costs sparked protests last year, with students picketing the property developers at a London conference last year demanding that big investors “give us back our fucking rents”. ...
Single market exit: UK construction 'could lose 175,000 EU workers' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:30:23 AM
....He added that the controversial rise in national insurance contributions for the self employed, which were announced in the budget, would also hit the sector, where about 40% of the workforce were in that category. He also pointed to a crackdown on VAT avoidance in the construction sector and tax changes to profits of overseas property developers: “All of that coming together will make for challenges for the sector. ...
Christian Candy adviser linked to Litvinenko and his alleged killer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:45:01 PM
....Candy and his brother are defending charges that they used blackmail and intimidation to extort repayment of a loan. The case against the billionaire property developers is being brought by their former business associate, Mark Holyoake. ...
Southwold: welcome to the town where business rates are set to rise 177% image
....”. In the past five years chains have arrived, and commercial property developers began demanding unheard of rents. ...
Christian Candy 'was hellbent on destroying' former friend's family image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 05:32:23 PM
....”. In a case which has examined the financial and personal dealings of two of Britain’s best-known property developers, Emma Holyoake’s evidence painted a picture of an unhappy relationship between the brothers. ...
‘Housing should be seen as a human right. Not a commodity’ | Patrick Butler image
.... Others openly encourage it, offering rich individual foreign investors citizenship (“golden visas”) in return for property investment. It is symbolic, Farha notes, that the world’s most powerful politician, US president Donald Trump, is a billionaire property developer. ...
‘We didn't even have room for a table’: meet the 30-somethings fleeing London image
.... Until then, she and her husband, Colin, 33, were renting a two-bed terraced house in Leytonstone for £1,300 a month with their seven-year-old daughter, Cali. “We originally tried to buy a two- or three-bed house in east London, near my mum, but we were constantly outbid by cash buyers, usually landlords or property developers,” says Ellie. ...
Energy customers locked into a costly scheme who have no right to switch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 07:00:07 AM
....on declined to comment specifically on the case and said it didn’t accept many of the allegations. Any company – including the property developer – can set itself up as a District Heating supplier without a licence, and a full list of those in operation is not yet publicly available. ...
Are you a serious buyer? Estate agents can now ask you to pay up to prove it image
....”. As a result, the code of conduct has been “updated” and now states that unless requested by a property developer, agents “should not generally facilitate pre-contract deposits. ...
Xi Jinping to become the first Chinese president to attend WEF in Davos image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 05:05:51 PM
....Xi will be the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) and lead the country’s biggest-ever delegation to the celebration of capitalism in the Swiss Alps as a statement of intent that China wants to assume a global leadership role as other world powers struggle with domestic tumult. Xi’s entourage will include some of the country’s most powerful businessmen including Jack Ma, founder of internet group Alibaba; Wang Jianlin, chairman of property developer Dalian Wanda; and Zhang Yaqin, president of web services firm Baidu. ...
Home ownership by 25-year-olds halves in 20 years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 08:30:07 AM
....". The LGA wants more power to tell property developers how many affordable homes to include in a development. ...
China's property frenzy and surging debt raises red flag for economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 06:52:01 AM
....But Collier said that credit-fuelled spending was a “risky game”, because when capital flows slow, property prices are likely to collapse, particularly in China’s smaller cities. That could lead to defaults among property developers, small banks, and even some townships. ...
Redfern housing report 'has downplayed true reasons for homes crisis' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 06:56:15 PM
....7% among those aged between 25 and 34. Asked whether housebuilders had a duty to solve the housing crisis, Redfern said they had a “reasonable duty not to be part of the problem” and that property developers had an interest in growing home ownership because it boosted sales. ...
The ground rent scandal that is engulfing new home buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of November 2016 07:01:40 AM
....uk. According to the website, “we act as strategic partners to property developers” by “releasing the value in their ground rents” with “leases that maximise their worth”. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 06:00:04 AM
....Iveta Nemcova sees her loss in court as an injustice - not just for her but for other leaseholders. The Slovakian interior designer and property developer tested the “private residence” clause of her lease in court, saying she paid the council tax and bills and stayed there three or four days a week. ...
The levy was dry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 12:04:38 PM
....The CIOT's Mr Cullinane says that in the UK, a loss incurred in the property sector could only be offset against subsequent earnings in that same sector and not against money earned in other ways - a stricter set of rules than those applying to Mr Trump. In fact, property developers such as Mr Trump appear to be particularly favoured by the US system. ...
London mayor launches unprecedented inquiry into foreign property ownership image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 02:09:05 PM
....Charles Pittar, chief executive of Juwai. com, a website that aims to pair Chinese investors with property developers overseas, said he expected a major jump in investors looking for a return in Britain, adding: “The UK market, particularly post-Brexit, is really picking up. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:07:07 PM
Bahamas files leaks expose politicians' offshore links image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 06:00:27 PM
....The former EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes has been forced to admit she breached the European commission’s code of conduct by failing to declare her directorship of an offshore company while she was actively policing multinationals. The data also contains trails left by Cem Kinay (German), a property developer wanted by Interpol for bribery, and accused of making a possibly corrupt payment to Michael Misick, the former premier of the Turks and Caicos islands, a British overseas territory. ...
Nama: Irish government to set up investigation into biggest ever NI property deal image
.... . The payment was made by County Down property developer John Miskelly. ...
Chinese firm to build Europe's tallest residential tower in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 10:23:41 AM
. On the eve of crucial talks between the British and Chinese over investment in the UK, Shanghai’s biggest property developer is to go ahead with an £800m tower in London, poised to be western Europe’s tallest residential skyscraper. ...
ONS data shows UK wealth wedded to property image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of August 2016 04:19:44 PM
.... Bankruptcies were avoided and many jobs saved, but at a huge cost to the taxpayer. In contrast to the US, where many banks and property developers were allowed to go bust, in effect writing off the bad loans, UK banks and property companies were bailed out. ...

Donald Trump pressured over tax returns as Clinton surges in swing states 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 06:03:15 PM
....6 million earnings in federal income tax. Tax experts suggested Mr Trump could legally have taken advantage of generous deductions open to property developers. ...
Gold can be a big deal for small investors, but nothing is certain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 06:00:25 AM
....Demand surged in the run-up to the EU referendum, with the Royal Mint’s online trading platform reporting a 32% increase in people snapping up coins and bars in June, even before the result was announced. “The speed of investment is unprecedented and the types and range of investor are more diverse than we have experienced, including teachers, doctors, property developers and solicitors,” says Josh Saul, chief executive of The Pure Gold Company. ...
US bank buys new office block in London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 18th of July 2016 01:21:56 PM
....Many US banks use London as their headquarters for selling services across the single market. "Many have doubted what will happen to the real estate market after the Brexit vote," Marian Herman, chief financial officer of the property developer HB Reavis Group, said in a statement. ...
New government pension rules open the door to rip-offs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 11th of July 2016 02:51:05 PM
....Cape Verde is an emerging tourist destination off the north west coast of Africa. Both Lifestyle Connections and First Review Pension Services are owned by a company called The Resort Group - a property developer with a string of resorts there. ...
Spain opens the door for UK holiday home buyers to reclaim lost money image
.... Its chief executive, Luis Cuervo, says the judgment could force Spanish banks to hand back up their money to Britons. While some UK investors took their property developer to court after the crash, it was to little avail. ...
Homebuyers wobble in wake of Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of June 2016 09:23:40 AM
....Homebuyers spooked by the UK’s decision to leave the EU are pulling out of deals or attempting to renegotiate prices, according to property professionals, as the housing market suffers Brexit vote aftershocks. One property developer in central London, which had offered a “Brexit clause” allowing nervous buyers to pull out of deals in the event of a leave vote said it was allowing buyers to withdraw and keep their deposits. ...
Are England’s academies becoming a cash cow for business? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of June 2016 08:00:18 AM
....The story of Mike Dwan is the story of an English state education system that has been thrown open to private business interests in unprecedented fashion. In his entry in the Sunday Times rich list in 2009, Dwan, then said to be worth £32m, was described as “a low-key northern property developer based in Manchester”. ...
Housing crisis: affordable homes vanish as developers outmanoeuvre councils image
. Private property developers are outmanoeuvring councils in housing negotiations and routinely delivering fewer affordable homes than town halls want, an industry analysis has revealed. ...
Uncertainty in the property market gives rise to the Brexit clause image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of May 2016 10:40:11 PM
....One issue, however, could be labour in the construction market, with builders including Barratt warning that an end to free movement of workers could slow down the supply of new homes. Britain’s biggest listed property developer, Land Securities, responsible for the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London and retail spaces such as Bluewater in Kent and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, said this week it had sold more than £1bn of its assets because of growing risks to the UK market, including the chance of a Brexit vote. ...
Land Securities sells £1.1bn of UK assets over Brexit risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of May 2016 01:59:45 PM
. Britain’s biggest listed property developer has sold more than £1bn of its assets in the UK because of growing risks to the market, which it has said includes the chance of the country voting to leave the EU next month. ...
Sadiq Khan warns 'greedy' developers as he outlines housing plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of May 2016 02:26:00 PM
....Related: Average price of London home almost doubles to £600,625 since 2009. Some large property developers are willing to build more affordable homes, but they have also told Khan’s team they want certainty about what they are being asked to deliver. ...
More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... Not with a housing minister, Brandon Lewis, who is also a landlord. Not with a Conservative party that draws valuable funding from the property developers. ...
How Philip Green's family made millions as value of BHS plummeted image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of April 2016 07:06:29 PM
.... The family enjoy several weeks a year at the exclusive Barbados resort Sandy Lane, where they can hang out with friends such as Simon Cowell. In 2012, the family apparently shelled out more than £3m to fly 150 guests – including Cowell, Kate Moss, Holly Valance, and her partner, the property developer Nick Candy – to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula for Green’s 60th birthday party. ...
NatWest criticised over loan to firm that evicted vulnerable families image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 07:20:07 AM
.... While not a housing charity it historically offered reduced rents, and many of the flats were occupied long-term by vulnerable families. But late last year the charity sold all its flats to a property developers without telling tenants, who only learned when the new owners began serving eviction notices in January. ...
The super rich live in a parallel world; here's how we bring them back to reality image
.... If you’re the king of Saudi Arabia, the president of the Ukraine or Argentina, or the former interim prime minister of Iraq, you’re wealthy enough to do whatever it takes to set up a string of holding companies that, without the Panama Papers leaks, probably would have prevented anyone from ever knowing just what you own or control. In India, some 500 of the country’s richest and most famous citizens have been linked to the list, from Bollywood stars to property developers. ...
What are government's options over Tata Steel and Port Talbot? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 01:58:10 PM
.... Tata Steel UK would fall into administration, with vulture funds and other businesses then buying the assets that take their fancy, with no guarantee they would be used to produce steel. Port Talbot could end up being bought by a property developer who wants to build houses and shops, which is what happened to Rover’s former plant at Longbridge. ...
China's big spending, ambitious Anbang image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of March 2016 09:08:17 PM
....In a short span of time, it has transformed itself through a series of foreign acquisitions, including Belgian insurer Fidea Assurances and Delta Lloyd Bank. Anbang has also expanded its presence domestically by buying stakes in China's biggest private lender Minsheng Bank, property developers, a wind turbine maker and even a traditional Chinese medicine company. ...
Xi critic's internet account blocked image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 28th of February 2016 02:41:00 PM
....Almost 40 journalists are currently in prison in China for work posted online, the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders says. Ren Zhiqiang is a retired top property developer with more than 30 million online followers. ...
Poverty charity may have lost £3m by selling flats below market value image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 03:58:50 PM
. An anti-poverty charity that sold dozens of flats to a property developer without telling tenants, causing a number of evictions, potentially lost £3m in the deal by apparently disposing of the homes for below-market prices. ...
Locals fear 'Amazon' project could bring a giant warehouse to Kent village image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 05:30:11 PM
.... The company has no fulfilment centres south of Hemel Hempstead, meaning a base in Sevington, which is near Ashford, would offer access to Kent, Essex, Sussex, south London, and potentially France. It is extremely rare for a property developer to build a project of this size without a tenant lined up. ...
Segro profits lifted by growing commercial rents image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 10:23:33 AM
. Competition among retailers for short delivery times and increasing online spending has driven industrial property developer Segro's pre-tax profits up 4. ...
Tesco faces legal action over land use restrictions image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of February 2016 07:55:05 PM
. Tesco is being sued by a property developer over a breach of competition law that stops rival retailers from building stores near one of its supermarkets. ...
Bank of England's deputy governor monitoring credit growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 11:44:05 AM
....The Bank of England should move quick to quash any rapid growth in credit, one of its deputy governors has said. Sir Jon Cunliffe told an audience of property developers that credit was growing at almost the same rate as the economy after contracting in the years immediately after the banking crisis. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Monday 8th of February 2016 09:40:48 AM
....Segro's masterplan to create a mini-community inside the M25 orbital motorway is also a step into the unknown, the success of which could hinge on attracting companies able to operate with minimal disruption to the homeowners next door. Rival industrial property developers, such as Prologis Inc () and Goodman Group Pty Ltd (GMG. ...
Public debt is not the issue – that's just a neo-con scare campaign | Philip Soos image
.... In other words, public debt is the buffer and lifeline that enables a government to absorb a wealth of economic pain in times of need. The private sector debt accounts are composed of three subsectors: household, non-financial business and non-banking financial, such as when a property developer takes out a loan from a bank. ...
Tenderspace aims to streamline construction to boost UK property pipeline image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 05:54:00 PM
. A tendering service, which will help property developers find materials and skilled construction workers and allow tradespeople and suppliers to pitch for contracts of all sizes, has been launched by three industry veterans to help accelerate the completion of building projects. ...
The best thing a business could do for the environment is shut down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 28th of January 2016 11:45:44 AM
....Responding to the inevitable gap between corporate rhetoric and action requires significant emotional labour, although ironically the outcome may be that emotions need to be deliberately left aside. For example, a sustainability manager at a major Australian property developer explained how he often downplayed his environmental concerns and framed his appeals for renewable energy to the company’s chief financial officer around cost improvements: “There’s nothing [in the discussion] about climate change. ...
'I've been paid £500 for spotting derelict properties - with thousands to come' image
. A chronic shortage of housing is driving property developers to desperate measures. ...
British Land wins battle to build on east London's historic Norton Folgate as it reports strong results image
....   Photo: British Land . The company, Britain's second largest property developer, said it agreed 312,000 square feet of new leasing in the three months to December across its retail and offices sectors at 8. ...
FTSE closes at three-year low amid global sell-off sparked by oil plunging below $28 a barrel  image
The men who sell Brooklyn’s cool image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 12:12:26 AM
.... . After the success of the first Flea in the Fort Green area of Brooklyn, it was such a property developer who persuaded them to open a second market in Williamsburg, after he offered up an area of land at a discounted rate. ...
Number of unbuilt homes with planning permission hits record levels, LGA says image
.... This includes plots with planning permission and those without. The new study shows that across all property developers there are 475,647 homes with planning permission that are yet to be built. ...
The Guardian considers abandoning multimillion-pound events shed amid cost cuts image
.... . The Telegraph has learnt that in December, the newspaper asked property developer Argent, which owns the Midlands Goods Shed, for a moratorium on work at the building to allow it to review options including handing back the keys. ...
Getting the most out of London's most liquid asset: River Thames image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of January 2016 10:53:04 PM
.... . Perhaps the biggest threat to the plan comes from some of those the PLA is best placed to help – property developers. ...
New Sports Direct property boss is ex-nightclub promoter image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of January 2016 06:20:56 PM
.... . Anna Ashley was previously listed as a property developer alongside her mother, Linda Ashley, at a since-dissolved company, RAAA. ...

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