The Bartlett School of Planning


IPF Commissions New Research into International Liquidity

7 May 2015

IPF Commissions New Research into International Liquidity

Following a competitive tendering process, the Bartlett School of Planning's Professor Pat McAllister and Dr Nicola Livingstone have been appointed by the Investment Property Forum (IPF) to investigate how liquidity varies across international real estate markets.

Liquidity is a key factor in private commercial real estate investment, affecting pricing and investment strategies.  It varies over time and between individual assets in the private real estate market.  It also varies between different cities and countries, but research is currently lacking on such differences and the extent to which they are priced.  

This research by academics at UCL and the University of Reading is the latest to be funded by the 2011-2015 IPF Research Programme. It follows a recently completed major project on liquidity in the UK real estate market but differs from the UK study in terms of both geographical scope and research methods. A major part of the newly-commissioned study is the qualitative investigation of transaction processes and costs in different international markets, which will complement analysis of quantitative indicators by the research team.  The project will be completed and research findings launched before the end of 2015.  

The Investment Property Forum comprises a membership of some 2,000 individuals, drawn from a wide range of different professional communities including accountancy, banking, fund management and surveying.  

The Forum’s objective is to enhance the understanding and efficiency of property as an investment for members and others in the wider business community, including government.  

The IPF Research Programme is financed through commercial sponsorship and publishes regular papers and surveys on property investment topics.  For further information, visit the IPF website