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Shelter is a basic human necessity. The demand for shelter and work fuels the world’s biggest asset class and generates huge cash flows from all directions. Copious amounts of this hard-earned equity and profit flows into intermediaries and giant corporations, whilst causing time-delays, inefficiencies, excessive costs and barriers to entry. This creates many problems for cross-border applicants, landlords, tenants, investors and buyers.
Most investments are transacted through large, multinational companies, thus restricting access to the average person or investor.
Total world real estate values grew by 5% in 2016. GDP grew by 2.3% in 2015/16 , meaning the worlds real estate asset value grew faster than its income. The world now owns real estate assets worth 2.8 times its annual income (GDP). This real estate asset-to-income ratio has increased from 2.7 in 2015 and is continually rising, meaning not only has the property ladder grown out of reach for some, but it now generates more money as an asset, in equity appreciation and rent, than the average wage.
Early in 2016, World Research reported that global real estate values totaled US$217 trillion. Our research in 2017 shows that figure has risen. Global asset price inflation has now increased the amount to US$228 trillion at constant prices – an increase of 5% in real terms .
Global real estate is a more valuable asset class than all stocks, shares and securitised debt combined, which together amount to just US$170 trillion . The value of all gold ever mined throughout history pales into even greater insignificance at a mere US$6.5 trillion. The market value of UK real estate is £1,662bn, representing 21% of total net wealth. Real estate contributes £94bn to the UK economy – 5.4% of GDP .