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Weekly Edition - Published  08 September 2016


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North West property investment experts optimistic about post Brexit outlook

RESEARCH by property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) shows a surprising result following the recent Brexit vote with investment activity in the North West remaining robust. In contrast to expectations that investment activity would drastically slow down in Q2 in the run up to the referendum, LSH's quarterly UK Investment Transactions report showed there was a 42% uplift to £501 million compared with the same period in the previous year of £353 million. The research has however shown that investors have now turned their focus on defensive assets to counter the volatility in the market. Abid Jaffry who heads up the northern capital markets team at Lambert Smith Hampton, said:- "It is a surprising result and we need to treat the increase in the context of just one quarter and a couple of large acquisitions which can skew the figures somewhat. There's no doubt that the Brexit result has had an effect on the investment market with a downturn in pricing, but the amounts feel like a pricing correction rather than the widescale adverse price drops predicted, which should give investors confidence. Sales of assets in the regions by some of the retail funds have, by and large, transacted or surpassed book values. It has therefore been somewhat of a false dawn for some of the equity houses that anticipated significant price drops. However, the level of economic uncertainty still prevails but solid performance, low interest rates and an attractive exchange rate have meant we're still seeing a lot of investor appetite. It will be interesting to see the volume and pricing of new stock as we enter the September period."


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