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UK: Property returns down by two thirds as low economic confidence drags down values

Posted on 01 February 2013

UK commercial property total returns fell to 2.7% in 2012 (7.8% in 2011), dragged down by falling capital values across the regions. Values fell by 3.1% for the year, while income returns held up at 6%, according to the IPD UK Quarterly Property Index. Negative valuer sentiment drove the fall in values, as UK property underwent its most challenging year since the downturn and the economy slipped briefly back into recession.
Steady income returns will bring some relief to investors, who have maintained cash flows despite muted occupier demand (rents remained flat for the year). Income continues to make property an attractive investment medium for investors, amidst the volatility of equities and low yields off gilts………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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