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Experts divided on future of UK commercial property market | 13 December 2013

Commercial property experts appear to be split about the future of the UK market.

Traditionally the popular season for forecasters to make predictions for the year ahead, opinions seem more divided than ever.

Ryan Hughes, a fund manager at Apollo, believes that the UK commercial property market is set to flourish in the next 12 months.

Speaking to ftadviser.com, he said: “The recovery is broadening out strongly from London into the South East and with a shortage of high quality supply, we see signs that this is being turned into rental growth which in turn is pushing up capital values.”

Tom Becket, a chief investment officer at Psigma Investment Management, does not retain as much confidence.

In a recent interview with moneymarketing.co.uk, he said: “I am vehemently against the illiquidity of bricks and mortar funds and their swinging fees. Memories of 2007 and the ‘gated’ funds loom large in my memory and I have seen little to suggest that the inherently illiquid nature of UK property funds have ameliorated.”

One trend that cannot be denied is the growth of the UK commercial property market over the last twelve months. CBRE’s latest monthly index has suggested that capital values have increased by 3.1 per cent so far this year.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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