International Real Estate
I was pleased to see this article from Reuters reporting how Colombia’s agricultural future is improving and within a decade could become a small agro-industrial power. With the FARC beaten back and the Colombian government able to wrest control of most of the countryside, the land can now be returned to a more benign and productive use. According to the article, at least 41 million acres (16.5 million hectares) of agricultural land could be brought on-line. Colombia’s successful track record in generating domestic investment, combined with its ability to attract international investment, this sector should be booming in the not too distant future. More >
Since the beginning of 2011, there has been a torrid level of M&A activity in the commercial real estate services industry. Recently announced deals include CBRE’s acquisition of the ING Real Estate fund management business; the sale of Newmark to financial derivatives house BGC; Colony Capital’s loan and exclusive look period with Grubb & Ellis; the recapitalization of DTZ by investment group SGP and the possible follow on merger with BNP Real Estate; and the hotly rumored takeover of King Sturge by JLL. And that is just on the services side. On the information side, Argus is selling to Altus and Costar is acquiring Loopnet.
NAI Global, the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms and one of the largest real estate services providers worldwide, announced today it is expanding its coverage into Mumbai, India with the signing of Sure Shot Suggestions ( India ) Pvt. Ltd. The firm will now operate as NAI Sure Shot Suggestions.
In a week when Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England forecasts slower UK growth and higher inflation, Office rents on one of London’s most famous streets, Savile Row are set to break through £100 per sq.ft once again.
US Hedge Fund York Capital Management are reported to have paid £97.50 per sq ft for offices at 23 Savile Row.
The wags delighting in pointing out that equates to almost twice the price per sq ft of a suit from a respectable tailor on the famous street. More >
With an every expanding global marketplace, retailers are faced with the daunting task of embarking on network expansion beyond the U.S. borders. Whether it is into Canada, Mexico or China, there are five key cornerstones retailers need to understand in order to meet with a successful international presence. Each cornerstone is linked with the next, yet each possesses its own challenges. More >