Geneva recorded the most expensive house prices in Switzerland, according to a report Thursday by real estate brokerage Engel & Völkers, based on sales data. The city’s cosmopolitan flair is reflected too in the level of demand from international clients, with around 40% of interested buyers resident beyond the borders of Switzerland. The French-speaking city registered the highest price in the Alpine country, CHF70,000 ($70,807) per square meter. The data used in the ranking is based on residential property brokered by the company or transactions recorded on the market during 2016.
The UBS trading floor in Stamford, Connecticut, US, once the world’s largest, had more than 5,000 traders slamming phones and kicking trash cans and now it is up for sale, according to a person with knowledge of the offering, as Bloomberg reported. UBS, which had owned the building, is responsible for its maintenance until its lease expires at the end of next year, the person said. Fast forward to today and the near-vacant building, larger than a football field (approximately 720,000-square-foot), has been put on the sale block, since the Swiss bank hasn’t been able to restock its trader ranks after the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Nowadays, most investors acknowledge that listed real estate has deserved its status as a separate asset class or at least that it has a right of existence in a diversified portfolio. Index providers as well, recognize the specific nature of this asset class. Only recently, the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) introduced real estate as a separate sector based on its growing importance in the world’s equity market and its role as a foundational building block of a modern portfolio, rather than an alternative.
Portugal will introduce a tax on real estate fortunes above € 600,000 ($661,000) in 2017 to help pay for pensions, the government has said. The measure was introduced by Prime Minister Antonio Costa's in draft budget for 2017. He explained the property tax income would be used to sustain Portugal’s social payments – everything from pensions to the health service to family benefits.
Real estate markets are once again heating up in the world: in some cities prices are overrated, says UBS, according to 2016-edition "Global Real Estate Bubble Index". In Geneva and Zurich, the two swiss select cities, tension remains but at a lesser extent. As published today by UBS, a few years later by the great wave of corrections in the real estate sector worldwide, overestimates have widened in most cities.
When something extraordinary happens, such as Brexit, it is necessary to observe and analyse its potential financial and economic impact. While the first steps must still be taken in the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU, together with Keller Zable we have taken a look at the possible scenarios in the real estate market, with particular attention to Great Britain, the rest of Europe and possible developments.
In Switzerland, buy real estate is more attractive than investing in stocks. The benefit would be linked to greater efficiency and / or reduced risk, according to a survey done by the brokerage firms Moneypark. The 80 experts questioned sector in the first quarter of 2016 argue that the prices of properties owned should remain stable or drop slightly at most. Nearly half of respondents believe that it is a consolidation of the constant prices markets and excludes a housing bubble.
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