AUB updates private banking clients on real estate investment opportunities in London

February 12, 2014 11:25 am

Ahli United Bank B.S.C hosted a seminar on the latest developments in London residential real estate market for its Private Banking & Wealth Management clients at the Capital Club recently. The seminar was conducted by a team of senior directors from Jones Long LaSalle, a leading global commercial real estate services firm, and provided up to date insights on the performance of the London residential market, the key issues shaping its future and recent changes to the UK’s residential tax regulations.

Adam Challis, Head of Residential Research at Jones Lang LaSalle presented a global overview, noting that the robust demand for London residential property continues to be globally driven, more diversely so than ever.

“Whether it is the UK’s economic forecasts, the cultural and business linkages, or the investment performance of London residential, there is no shortage of sound motivations to underpin demand. And whilst the strength of international demand has been the highlight of the post-downturn market, the second half of 2013 marked the return of domestic buyers in greater numbers”, said Mr Challis.

“There are two key demand-side trends that we expect to solidify over 2014:a broadening of demand for London property from an even wider global spectrum in parallel with a much improved sentiment over the state of London economy, ensuring that domestic demand is up significantly compared to a year ago. We forecast Central London price growth of 8% in 2014, holding at or near this level for the next four years,” concluded Mr Challis.

Sawsan Abulhassan, Deputy GCEO, Private Banking & Wealth Management, AUB, commented: “With London continuing to top the global charts in direct real estate investments, we are pleased to have teamed up with Jones Lang LaSalle, one of the leading global firms in this field, to source and identify residential and commercial properties in London to suit the requirements of our local and regional clients across the AUB network.”

“Thanks to AUB Group’s decades of presence and expertise in the London market, our clients can benefit from tailor-made residential mortgage financing combined with the sound expert advice and the seamless, helpful personal service they’ve come to be familiar with, from the shores of the Gulf to the banks of the Thames” added Mrs. Abulhassan.

AUB’s Private Banking & Wealth Management has received a string of accolades and awards over the years, including most recently being named Best MENA Asset Managers 2013 by FTSE Global Markets and Best Private Bank in Bahrain 2012 by Euromoney.