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Property after the pandemic

Global property markets are expected to see a lasting impact from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the coming weeks, we will publish a series of pieces looking at the post-pandemic future across the main property types. We start this by outlining the key issues for real estate markets in a post-COVID world. These highlight how behavioural changes caused by the virus could shape the demand for property over the next decade or more. We will identify which of these shifts will be most important and draw out the implications for global real estate markets in our forthcoming work. This research will appear across all of our housing and commercial property services, so please watch this space.
Andrew Burrell Chief Property Economist
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