Published Articles

Published Articles

 
  • Beyond Real Estate

    Car Parks Wanted

    If sceptics needed a litmus test to show that confidence in commercial property investment at auction is as robust as ever, the latest Allsop and Acuitus sales provided it.

    Car Parks Wanted - Estates Gazette
  • Beyond Real Estate

    Beyond Real Estate

    Amid a backdrop of European and global political chaos, it was business as usual at the two main commercial auction houses’ latest sales.

    Beyond Real Estate - Estates Gazette
  • This way up

    This way up

    For a nanosecond I was tempted to agree with a commentator who suggested the auction market was “cooling off” when the first lot at Allsop’s February sale didn’t sell under the hammer.

    This way up - Estates Gazette
  • Car Parks Wanted

    Car Parks Wanted

    In 2016, I foresee continued demand, fuelled by the speed and certainty of the auction arena and the sheer spread of available opportunities, which are so hard to come by via private treaty.

    Car Parks Wanted - Estates Gazette
  • Big Capital Allowances Saving Tips

    Big Capital Allowances Saving Tips

    It has taken three months for the buy to let investors to digest the complicated implications of the Budget bombshell dropped by George Osborne in the summer.

    Big Capital Allowances Saving Tips - Estates Gazette
  • Real Estate Investing can be more

    Real Estate Ivesting can be more

    The Possibility of a Grexit and the ensuing upheaval across the Eurozone has heightened investors’ thirst for a safe haven, culminating in strong prices before the break at the UK’s two leading commercial property auctions.

    Real Estate Investing can be more - Estates Gazette
  • Delivering desing excellence

    Delivering desing excellence

    So it is back to the old days and business as usual. Bidding on behalf of clients at Allsop’s commercial auction last month, I witnessed manic investor behaviour, as buyers fought feverishly over quality stock.

    Delivering desing excellence - Estates Gazette
  • Car Parks Wanted

    Car Parks Wanted

    The buzz was underpinned by demand for residential investments, whether tenanted or vacant, and resulted in success rates of 93% and 85% for Acuitus and Allsop respectively.

    Car Parks Wanted - Estates Gazette
  • Private Investors

    Private Investors

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin gives his view on private investors in this month's Estates Gazette:

    Historically, commercial property was an investment undertaken largely by institutions and property companies. But in today’s market we are seeing growing numbers of private investors locally and from around the world investing. My perception is that this interest appears to be growing....

    Private Investors at Auction - Estates Gazette
  • Auctions Comment

    Auctions Comment

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin discusses how property size affects the auction market in this month's Estates Gazette

    When it comes to selling at auction, does size really matter and is there such a thing as an optimum lot size? Commercial auctions typically sell properties priced anywhere between £250,000 and £1.5m; the average lot size is just below £1m. Lot sizes in excess of £2m tend to be less common.

    Auctions Comment - Estates Gazette
  • Sales and Leasebacks

    Sales and Leasebacks

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin discusses how sale and leasebacks may be the answer to investors struggling to find stock in this month's Estates Gazette

    The modern world seems to be one of extremes. We swing precariously between a spectacular upturn and a dramatic downturn. From famine to feast. Never do we seem to achieve a happy equibrium for any length of time.

    Sales and Leasebacks - Estates Gazette
  • Power In Numbers

    Power In Numbers

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin discusses acquiring commercial property through a syndicate in respect of the Auction market in this month's Estates Gazette:

    These days, it is hard to pick up a newspaper or switch on the TV or radio without hearing about the 95% loan-to-value lending. But all too often the loans are for the wrong type of property.

    Power In Numbers - Estates Gazette
  • SIPP and Auction Property

    SIPP and Auction Property

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin discusses SIPP (Self Invested Pension Plan) in respect of the Auction market in this month's Estates Gazette:

    Say the word "pension" and for many people it will bring to mind images of grey suits, boring statistical information and thoughts of retirement. On the other hand, say the words "comemrcial property" and chances are that far more interesting thoughts will spring to mind.

    SIPP and Auction Property - Estates Gazette
  • Flipping Properties at Auction

    Flipping Properties at Auction

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin gives his view of the auction market in this month's Estates Gazette:

    As a result of the lack of supply and strong demand, we are increasingly seeing property entrepreneurs successfully flipping correctly priced, quality properties

    Flipping Properties at Auction - Estates Gazette
  • Overseas Buyers at Auction

    Overseas Buyers at Auction

    Vijay Parikh, Partner at Harold Benjamin gives his view of the auction market concerning overseas buyers in this month's Estates Gazette:

    I will be arriving in London next week, please review the legal papers on lots 25,39, and 75" - This is a typical and very common conversation I have with foreign investors just before each round of the commercial property auctions. Demand from UK auction property from overseas buyers has never been so strong...

    Overseas Buyers at Auction - Estates Gazette