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2 years on: Is the Housing Affordability crisis still a crisis?

2 years on: Is the Housing Affordability crisis still a crisis?

Here’s part of an article I wrote for the main online NZ media outlet stuff.co.nz on housing affordability prior to the 2017 election… Talk of a housing “crisis” tends to focus on an increasing number of people not being able to afford good quality, affordable housing – whether through owner-occupation, private renting or social renting. Affordability […]

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Property Management Journal Editorial Board

Property Management Journal Editorial Board

I currently serve on the editorial board for the Property Management journal. The journal aims to provide current information and research findings in the property management field. The journal has adopted a wide subject remit and addresses key issues from an international perspective, covering all aspects of property management, such as social inclusion and environmental issues, […]

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Journal of Property Investment and Finance Editorial

Journal of Property Investment and Finance Editorial

I’m serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Property Investment and Finance. The objectives of the journal are to… be an international forum for the interchange of information and ideas relating to property valuation and investment, property management and decision making in all property markets. The aim is to inform and encourage debate […]

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Marathon Running

Marathon Running

I have spent a great deal of time running over the last 20 years or so. Thought I’d log some events I’ve been in, I can’t remember all of the years… London Marathon 2003 London Marathon 2006 Leicester Marathon 2015 Chester Half Macclesfield Half Silverstone Half 2004 Congleton Half 2004 Wilmslow Half 2008 Bristol Half […]

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Towards Financial Risk and Housing Policy Trends

Towards Financial Risk and Housing Policy Trends

Institutions providing access to housing in all tenures have become further entrenched and exposed to financial risk. Literature on housing policy trends and financial risk cover drivers such as liberalisation monetary approaches, innovation, political commitment, and asset management. A conceptual model is put forward for framing housing policy trends that engage with financial risk (what […]

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Resilience and housing markets: Who is it really for?

Resilience and housing markets: Who is it really for?

Ten years after the Global Financial Crisis, this research examines how resilience theory and rhetoric relating to the economy and housing markets has been translated into policy and practice. The methodology involves a case study of a city (Auckland) with a nationally dominant housing market and high unaffordability. Via secondary literature and a series of interviews we analyse questions connected to resilience […]

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Crowdfunding real estate

Crowdfunding real estate

In  a journal paper we argue that Disruptive Innovation Theory indicates that there is disruptive potential of Real Estate Crowd-Funding (RECF). As an excerpt…”RECF seems to generally align with the classic characteristics of disruptive innovations…RECF may potentially improve accessibility and affordability of real estate finance, thereby helping to address the problem of shortage of real […]

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Improving water quality with rural land use policy: (re)balancing farmland regulation, intensification and financial viability

Improving water quality with rural land use policy: (re)balancing farmland regulation, intensification and financial viability

              Policymakers in New Zealand are attempting to achieve improved environmental outcomes by implementing an output-based approach to non-point-source pollution from intensive agricultural production. Initial emphasis has focused on the nitrogen leached, with the assumption that this can be calculated accurately on an individual-property basis. While catchment-wide nitrogen-loss levels are […]

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Central Otago Lakes has now Surpassed Auckland as the Most Unaffordable Region in New Zealand

Central Otago Lakes has now Surpassed Auckland as the Most Unaffordable Region in New Zealand

The Massey Home Affordability Index takes into account the cost of borrowing as well as house prices and wage levels. This March quarter has seen an improvement in national affordability driven mainly by the fall in house price levels in seven regions. Overall, home affordability improved by 7.0% in this quarter with some improvement in […]

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Financing infrastructure development: time to unshackle the bonds?

Financing infrastructure development: time to unshackle the bonds?

It is important to consider the merits of using projects bonds to finance infrastructure investment projects – in particular, the pricing of such bonds and the level of risk premium demanded by the market. In investigating the use and pricing of project bonds, this research used a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition to secondary desk-based study, […]

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Innovative real estate development finance – evidence from Europe

Innovative real estate development finance – evidence from Europe

                This research provides an insight into large-scale real estate projects in Europe and how they are using a more innovative blend of finance. The methodology involved a mix of desk-based study, interviews and case studies. Interviews were held with financiers, policymakers, developers, investors, fund managers and academics. […]

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Dysfunctional Neighbourhoods Exist: More Urban Regeneration Needed

                Neighbourhoods within area-based initiatives that are engaged with regeneration and renewal often experience difficulties of poverty, disadvantage and deprivation. Furthermore, the experience of function or dysfunction is also important when exploring neighbourhoods undergoing transformation. Functioning ‘norms’ could enable residents within particular neighbourhoods to have equal opportunities of […]

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The difference between property bonds and leases – and the consequences for healthcare.

                There are some 487,000 places in long-stay residential care and nursing homes in the UK representing an industry worth some £15.2 billion per annum. Creating leases with guaranteed rental uplifts, a property bond in all but name, now attracts significant investment into healthcare. This is argued to […]

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Innovative Development Finance in Europe

A critical review and analysis of innovative financial instruments for real estate development in Europe will be useful to EU and European national policy makers in public finance and real estate development. Case study examples from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands reveal any national nuances in innovative development finance. The examples chosen were the Battersea […]

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