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Property Forecast Forum 2017

22 November, 2017
The RAC

The 2017 Property Forum sets out our views on the outlook for economic growth,  job creation and interest rates in the UK and the rest of Europe. We then ask, with values already high, what that means for property.  Is it the case, for example, that housing in the UK has become too dependent on ultra-low interest rates?  Will growth in the UK be strong enough to keep commercial rental values rising and will office, retail or industrial property be the primary beneficiary?  And on the Continent, having led the recovery over recent years, is it time to look beyond the core cities to take advantage of the potential for tier 1 and tier 2 cities to outperform?

  • How much further will the economic upswings in the UK and Europe run?

    Stephen Brown, European Economist, discusses the following:

    • Will global economic conditions be supportive?
    • Is UK GDP growth set to rebound and how far will the Bank of England raise interest rates?
    • Will strong growth in the euro-zone continue and how might the ECB react?

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  • Can the UK housing market regain its momentum in 2018?

    Ed Stansfield, our Chief Property Economist, discusses the following:

    • What is behind the housing market slowdown?
    • Will those forces ease in 2018?
    • Can the Government engineer a rebound?
    • How will the market respond to higher rates?

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  • Which UK commercial property sectors offer the best return prospects?

    Eduardo Gorab, our Property Economist, discusses the following:

    • Is property priced to accommodate higher interest rates?
    • How should we assess rental prospects?
    • Which sectors will see the sharpest yield increases?
    • Total returns outlook.

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  • Should Europe’s growth outlook push investors away from core cities?

    Hamish Smith, our Property Economist, discusses the following:

    • What does the outlook mean for office occupier markets?
    • Can rental growth offset rising yields to push capital values higher?
    • Which office markets will outperform?
    • How do the retail and industrial sectors compare?

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