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February 27, 2009

How hunting together as a collective can be a lucrative option for family offices

The growing maturity of the family office sector is resulting in businesses increasingly coming together to implement more sophisticated investment strategies.

Over the last three years, a rising number of family offices have co-invested in a dizzying array of deals in areas as diverse as private equity buyouts and commercial property transactions.

February 24, 2009

Germany’s Otto family is to become the leading shareholder in US real estate investment trust Developers Diversified Realty.

Germany's Otto family is to become the leading shareholder in US real estate investment trust Developers Diversified Realty. The family, via its ECE Projektmanagement company, will dramatically increase its shareholding in DDR to over 20%.

ECE, founded in 1965 by Werner Otto, is the European market leader in the field of inner city shopping centers and a sister company of the Otto Group – the world's biggest mail order operator.

January 9, 2009

A little-known British family has burst onto the country’s property scene in one of the biggest deals of the year so far.

A little-known British family has burst onto the country’s property scene in one of the biggest deals of the year so far.

Telereal, the real estate focused investment and services company belonging to family-owned William Pears Group, has purchased Trillium from Land Securities Group for €835 million.

Trillium, the market leader in property partnerships, has been sold for roughly half the price Land Securities was hoping to secure for the asset when it put it up for sale early last year. The two new companies will bring together combined revenues of €1.1billion.

October 6, 2008

With property markets in freefall, where does this leave the family estate asks James Moore

With the global economy in a pronounced downswing, the seemingly never-ending rise in real estate values across the world has, in many economies, come to a juddering halt and gone into reverse writes James Moore.

June 26, 2008

Environmentally friendly homes are gaining increasing popularity in the Southern states of the US, where many American families maintain holiday homes and estates.

Environmentally friendly homes are gaining increasing popularity in the Southern states of the US, where many American families maintain holiday homes and estates.

Throughout West Virginia, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Florida, developers are finding increasing demand for retrofitting homes with green appliances, while many new estates are offering completely green neighbourhoods.

Luxury real estate brokers DPS Sporting Club Development Co says it has received a wave of new demand specifically for green properties on its range of exclusive estates.

June 12, 2008

Recent setbacks in the Indian and Chinese stock markets have served as a stark reminder that the region still carries risk and volatility for European families looking to invest heavily in emerging markets.

Recent setbacks in the Indian and Chinese stock markets have served as a stark reminder that the region still carries risk and volatility for European families looking to invest heavily in emerging markets, according to Toby Osborne, director of GSL Private Investors and scion of Melbourne's entrepreneurial Osborne family.

Speaking last week at Campden's Family Investment Workshop in London, Osborne said that although there are substantial gains to be had in China and India, private investors should be aware that with high potential gains comes increased risk and volatility.

May 1, 2008

Green is the new black with investors looking to play their part in fighting climate change – all while making a hot profit. The real estate sector is no different discovers Michael Fischer, who analyses how green property can also be an investment worth making

Green is the new black with investors looking to play their part in fighting climate change – all while making a hot profit. The real estate sector is no different discovers Michael Fischer, who analyses how green property can also be an investment worth making

May 1, 2008

Luxury real estate is often purchased with the heart, not the head. Constance Gustke analyses how your dream home can also be a lucrative long-term investment

Luxury real estate is often purchased with the heart, not the head. Constance Gustke analyses how your dream home can also be a lucrative long-term investment

In California, the Hummingbird Nest ranch, which sells for $75 million in rural Simi Valley outside Los Angles, has laid dormant on the market for over a year. The 123-acre ranch comes with in-demand comfort features such as a helipad, solar panel field, water recycling, six guest houses, 10 staff houses, and a 17,000-square foot home. But real estate agents say the ranch won't sell anytime soon.

May 1, 2008

With the current credit crunch shaking up the global economy, it is a tricky time for families who are looking to divest real estate. James Phillipps looks at some of those who are selling parts of their portfolio and offers some advice on the best way to do it

With the current credit crunch shaking up the global economy, it is a tricky time for families who are looking to divest real estate. James Phillipps looks at some of those who are selling parts of their portfolio and offers some advice on the best way to do it

Family businesses can accumulate considerable amounts of real estate over generations and divesting properties has often been extremely lucrative. But with the credit crunch biting hard, choosing which properties to sell and when is becoming an increasingly difficult decision.

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