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First Property Group blags two awards at MSCI's UK Property Investment Awards 2017

The AIM-listed firm's UK Property Pension Portfolio fund has been awarded best "Small Specialist Fund" by the indexes and analytics provider as part of its annual UK Property Investment Awards 2017

First Property saw UK funds boost post Brexit, but investing in Poland, Romania helps too

In Romania, the group has said the outlook is “strong” and that it would be looking to growing its presence there, although in March it sold off one of its Romanian properties

First Property says full-year profits to be in-line with market expectations before disposal profit

The AIM-listed group said its funds under management at the year-end amounted to £475mln, up from £353mln in 2016.

First Property Group books €1mln pre-tax profit on sale of Romanian warehouse

The property fund manager said the sale was “opportunistic” and that it is still looking to grow its presence in Romania

First Property uses local knowledge to grab bargain in Krakow

The acquisition equates to a pre-tax rate of return on equity invested of more than 15% a year.
 
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Fprop CEE Snapshot - Q1 2017
Fprop opinion on Polish & Romanian property markets.
Property Week - 2017 Predictions: Ben Habib
…I’m extremely optimistic about the future of our economy and the underlying strength of our property market. UK businesses are used to having to operate in uncertain times, and I have no doubt that they will thrive with the many opportunities created by the referendum result…
Fprop CEE Snapshot - Q3 2016
Fprop opinion on Polish & Romanian property markets.
Redleaf PR - 60 second interview...
...with Fprop CEO Ben Habib.
City AM (Forum section) - are negative interest rates a looming disaster?
Fprop CEO Ben Habib argues “Yes”.
Fprop CEE Snapshot - Q2 2016
Fprop opinion on Polish & Romanian property markets.
"Voting to Leave will poison Europe and divide the West"
Fprop CEO Ben Habib's response to former Prime Minister Sir John Major’s article published in the Sunday Telegraph on 20 March 2016.
Fprop CEE Snapshot - Q1 2016
Fprop opinion on Polish & Romanian property markets.
Fprop Snapshot - Q4 2015
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Fprop Snapshot - Q3 2015
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Letter to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government re Permitted Development Rights (PDR)
Letter to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government re Permitted Development Rights (PDR) ... I therefore ask you to extend the life of the PDR legislation beyond May 2016 when is currently due to expire.
Fprop Snapshot - Q2 2015
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
City AM - We can ramp up housebuilding by turning offices into flats - if the planners let us
Guest columnist, Ben Habib, calls on the next government to enact permanent legislation to break the stranglehold of our turgid planning system.
Statement calling upon policy makers to extend Permitted Development Rights for the conversion of offices to residential use
...in response to The Rt Hon Eric Pickles written statement to Parliament re: Planning update, March 2015.
Fprop Snapshot - Q1 2015
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Fprop Snapshot - Q4 2014
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Fprop Snapshot - Q3 2014
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Fprop Snapshot - Q2 2014
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Portfolio Institutional: "Mind the Gap" - Opportunities in UK property
Ben Habib, CEO, cautions against investing in prime London real estate at yields sub 5%, advocating instead selected good secondary commercial property, and residential development.
Fprop Snapshot - Q1 2014
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets.
Fprop Snapshot - Q4 2013
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets
Fprop Snapshot - Q3 2013
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets
Fprop Snapshot - Q2 2013
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets
Property Week: Martin Pryce - Do not discount the success of discounters; they are here to stay
Martin Pryce, Property Director, on discount retailing (ignoring discount food retailing for the purposes of this commentary).
IP Real Estate: Ben Habib - Leverage is not a black and white issue
Ben Habib, CEO, on leverage. It is neither 'good' nor 'bad' for investors, and should not be described in moral terms.
Fprop Snapshot - Q1 2013
Fprop opinion on Polish & UK property markets
PIE Magazine - Investors giving Polish commercial property a miss will be losing out
Ben Habib, CEO, on Fprop's reasons for first investing in Poland and why it continues to advocate investment there.
FT Adviser - Polish property offers good prospects
Ben Habib, CEO, on the investment case for commercial property in Poland.
FT Adviser: Fprop CEO Ben Habib recommends looking outside London to the secondary property markets
Ben Habib, CEO, writes that high sustainable income streams can be found in the UK secondary markets, where yields on commercial investment property have not pre-priced to the same extent as those in the prime London markets.
IP Real Estate: CEE's largest economy offers institutional opportunities
Ben Habib, CEO, writes for IP Real Estate magazine on Polish real estate.
NAPF: Ben Habib - Property investment should be all about Income Generation
Ben Habib, CEO, writes for the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Investment Conference 2011...The reason often cited for bad property investment experiences is "too much leverage". Actually the primary reason is overpaying for an asset in the first place and then, secondarily, employing debt finance against this inflated price or a revaluation. The net effect is to render the debt unserviceable by the low income yields being generated by the property.
Polish Real Estate: Looking abroad for property opportunities
Jeremy Barkes, Marketing Director, writes for Family Office Global magazine, published by the Global Partnership of Family Offices.
Polish Capital for Polish Property
Ben Habib, CEO, writes for the British Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) quarterly magazine, "Contact". It has subsequently been reproduced in several places.

FPAM funds rank No.1 versus MSCI’s Investment Property Databank (IPD) Central & Eastern European (CEE) Benchmark for the ten years from the commencement of its operations in Poland in 2005 to 31 December 2015, and for the annualised periods from 2005 to the end of each of the years between 31 December 2008 and 31 December 2015.

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