- May 1, 2008: Vol. 2, Number 5

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Getting There

by Dr. Ian Cullen

The real estate investment market in the United Kingdom routinely figures in the Top Five most transparent markets worldwide — as rated by Jones Lang LaSalle. Up there also in top positions are Australia, New Zealand and the United States, with mainland European markets in France, the Netherlands and Sweden also included in the Top 10.

Does this mean that these and a few other highly rated markets are also the ones about which we are clearest as to their investment performance? IPD has been attempting to track the performance of these markets for many years; this has never been easy, even in those markets rated among the most transparent in the world. It is a particularly difficult task at the present time, as we appear to be at or close to a turning point in performance, after a reasonably consistent and sustained bull run in most markets over the past thr

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