What is covenant strength and why does it matter?

By Cleo Folkes As many high street stores find themselves closing their doors permanently, we hear that landlords increasingly worry about covenant strength. What is it exactly that they worry about? In property you often hear the word covenant strength when people talk about a tenant or the quality of an investment property or real … Continue reading What is covenant strength and why does it matter?

Turnover Rent with Rupert Wood

Maria Wiedner interviewed Rupert Wood about turnover rent, this blog contains a summary of their interview. Rupert Wood Rupert Wood has over 25 years experience in the real estate industry, with strategic and operational experience in multiple sectors and in delivering transformative real estate solutions. Currently an executive advisor at FitForCommerce focussing on malls and … Continue reading Turnover Rent with Rupert Wood

Retail Casualties of Covid?

The demise of the high street continues with the collapse of Sir Philip Green's Arcadia, here's a run through of 20, 2020 casualties: RetailerTypeDateAt riskOutcome1Bon MarcheCut price clothing2/12/20225 stores1500 JobsRescue deal on the cards2Arcadia -TopShopDorothy P'sBurtonsMiss Selfridge30/11/2013,000 JobsLooking for buyers3EWMEWNPeacocksJaeger19/11/2076 stores347 jobsDeals in the pipeline4M&CoClothing - formally MackaysAug '20lost 47 stores & 381 jobsBought out … Continue reading Retail Casualties of Covid?

RICS – Health Check

At Cambridge Finance we strive for professionalism both in our company and through our teaching but how healthy is our professional institution which is at the heart of the industry? From RICS viewpoint The RICS annual review ( August '19 to July '20) shows some impressive figures for the institution (2018-2019 figures in brackets where … Continue reading RICS – Health Check

Financial Modelling – What, Why & How?

At Cambridge Finance we train professionals in the construction, development and analysis of financial models. We believe this is a hugely valuable skill in real estate and the financial industries. Why? Please read further. What? Before delving into why we need financial modelling, let us first look at a definition. A financial model is a tool (typically … Continue reading Financial Modelling – What, Why & How?

How has Covid shaped property design?

Coronavirus has had a marked affect on how people want to spend their work and leisure time and has shifted priorities for building design. Gardens, recently seen as a nuisance and best avoided by some, are now sought after for the offer of private open air space and open plan is falling in popularity as … Continue reading How has Covid shaped property design?

The Rise and Fall of the Residential property Market

By Holly Mapletoft BA MAAT What shape is the residential property market in, how did it get there and what can we expect to happen next? When we speak of house prices, it is about an average, and, as with any statistic, this is open to interpretation. The average house price varies wildly across regions, … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Residential property Market

Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

The Science View on Valuation Estimating Property Values in Times of Significant Uncertainty In times of Covid-19 pandemic, property market or fair values are harder than ever to estimate. Valuers desperately trying to find enough ‘evidence’, but property is an illiquid asset by definition and as such, transactional evidence disappears during periods of market unrest. … Continue reading Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

Valuation in crisis– Art versus Science – The Art View

The Art View on Valuation The life of a valuer is pretty tough at the best of times, even with the benefit of good comparable evidence. This is because valuers are carrying out transaction analysis in the most imperfect market that exists. This is why valuation is often described as both an art and a … Continue reading Valuation in crisis– Art versus Science – The Art View

Will Green Credentials Impact Property Values – Let’s Go Dutch

By Morag Beers Going Dutch does not always have particularly positive connotations; but Going Dutch in green investments is a whole other matter. The Dutch do it well, and the results are increasingly being recognised as beneficial. How do the Dutch know how to do this? I learned a joke about developers when I arrived … Continue reading Will Green Credentials Impact Property Values – Let’s Go Dutch