Archive for category: Investments

Financing a new affordable housing supply – towards a nil grant solution

Financing a new affordable housing supply – towards a nil grant solution

We’ve recently read with interest the National Housing Federation’s response to central government regarding the delivery of affordable housing, with particular focus on how the government could ensure that sufficient resources are available to support the delivery of future housing projects ( With a serious gap in funds for the [...]

Ken Livingstone wants Pension Funds to invest in housing

Published in Inside Housing, 13 April 2012 If Ken Livingstone is elected to Mayor of London he plans to ask local authorities to invest directly into social housing.   We like this plan indeed, we presented a similar proposal to the HCA and the Local Authorities Strategic Team back in [...]

Residential index expected to precipitate pension fund investment

Published in Investment & Pension Real Estate, 01 March 2012 An interesting article in the Investment & Pension Real Estate, 01 March 2012, which comments on the performance of the residential index versus the other main real estate asset classes.   Interesting to see that the residential index outperforming the [...]

The Sunday Times – Business Letters 26th February 2012

The Sunday Times – Business Letters 26th February 2012

(London; 26th February 2012) Bankers circle cash-starved housing associations – Carlton responded to this article and we briefly explained that some HARP’s are making real progress with regards to funding and in particular, long term finance (40yr-50yr) working with institutional investors.   Our response was printed in The Sunday [...]

Bankers circle-cash-starved housing associations

Bankers circle-cash-starved housing associations We read with interest the above article which was published in The Sunday Times, 19.02.2012 about the pressures on housing associations/registered providers (“HARP’s”) to fund future development programmes.   As banks increasingly become lenders of short-term finance this move has left a gap in the market for providers of [...]

Derwent Living partners with Aviva Investors in £45 millon stock transfer

In a landmark move, and a first ever for the UK housing sector, Aviva Investors has agreed a £45 million deal to fund the transfer of 839 properties from Home Group to East Midlands housing provider Derwent Living. An additional 296 Home Group properties are also being transferred to Derwent [...]

REaLM Fund….long term funding?

This funding is particularly significant as it comes at a time when it is increasingly difficult to secure money from banks to provide much needed affordable housing.   Banks are increasingly unwilling to lend long term and with shorter term funds (5-7yrs), the more regular the re-pricing of funds, which [...]

An update to our customers and business associates.

Our recent economic history has changed much of the business landscape for all of us. Recession bites hard and for many, survival is the primary business objective. But recession also brings opportunity. For us, realising the opportunity involved a strategic review of our position in late 2008 and a subsequent [...]

Institutional Investment Fund – UK Housing…a new asset class

HCA Newcastle… I’m back for the 3rd round of presentations on our proposals to attract institutional investment into the UK residential sector. We’re trying to get the HCA (Private Finance team) on-board as we understand they want to see the institutional funds investing in the housing sector as long term [...]

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