Our experts give their advice on what needs to be done to encourage private landlords to help tackle the housing crisis

Chris Hancock is the housing needs manager at Exeter city council and oversees the council's EXtraLet scheme

Councils need to up their game: They need to offer a more professional service that competes with the high street so...

Real estate in Turkey is hoping to receive a boost in the near future, after members of the Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts made a presentation to bankers, asset managers, real estate brokers and investors.

The association is hoping for as much as $10 billion (approx £6.2 billion) to invest in the sector and will be holding...

THE money making strategies of hedge funds come in a variety of guises, most of them baffling to outsiders. None is as mystifying as “tape reading”, whose practitioners use the movement of market prices to gauge where a particular stock is heading, even while knowing nothing of the underlying company. An undoubted master of the art, Steven Cohen, h

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There's much more to it than marbles

What's going for it? Yes, as in marbles. On the face of it, there's precious little to connect the sun, ouzo and austerity riots of Athens with Elgin. On second thoughts, mind you, if you swapped ouzo for the mellow offerings at Gordon & MacPhail's whisky emporium; and Elgin does have its fair share of...

Used real estate in Portugal could be set for a positive end to 2012, if the market in Lisbon is an accurate depiction of activity across the country.

According to property magazine Confidencial Imobiliário, second hand homes are trouncing newer properties in terms of sales in the capital, due to competitive prices and a high level of...

COULD Germany be heading for a property bubble? In 2009, after a decade of stagnation during which many other countries experienced a dramatic real-estate boom and bust, German house prices slowly began to rise. Then, for a while, house prices and wages leap-frogged each other in a reasonably healthy way. But now bubble-watchers see some danger

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Marbella property prices could be set to rise, as favourable conditions make the area an investment hotspot.

Sales figures are already up on 2011, the full-rate (ten per cent) VAT on new builds is expected to return, and developers are considering price hikes or selling off-plan for the first time in years.

According to Spanish Hot Properties,...
Learning the hard way

“A LESSON”. This is how Charles Sherrard, a lawyer for Kweku Adoboli, a former UBS trader accused of having lost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, described his client’s trial, which ended on November 20th. And a lesson it was—for all parties involved: for the 32-year-old Ghanaian-born and British-educated Mr Adoboli, who will spend

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TO WESTERN bankers grappling with falling revenues and measly profits, bankers in Asia live in paradise. Revenues there increased at an annual rate of 9% over the past three years and returns on equity, a measure of profitability, reached 25% in some of the fastest-growing countries, according Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm. Even in

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