The UK commercial real estate sector has shown great resilience this year, defying the uncertainty over Brexit negotiations, a faltering economy and the expectation of interest rate rises. Despite all these negative factors, London has continued to attract massive capital inflows especially from Asia, as investors from South Korea and Singapore replaced to a large extent Chinese and Hong Kong investors. Record deals for offices in the City proved that foreign capital believes London will remain a global financial capital despite Brexit. Now that prime minister Theresa May has secured a Brexit deal with the European Union, what are the prospects for the year ahead? Will a tide of optimism lift all boats? Is anything likely to change in the market after the Brexit date set for March 29th 2019? The expected exodus of thousands of jobs to EU cities like Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam has so far not materialised, but will it happen as the deadline approaches? The weaker pound has brought record tourism flows into the UK: how is this affecting the hotel and the retail sectors? Super-prime residential in London has suffered, but demand for housing is high, so what are the prospects for the resi sector in general? The logistics sector is the most mature in Europe: how will it develop? Will the booming student housing sector be affected by tighter immigration rules and uncertainty over student numbers following Brexit?
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