Property investment takes many forms, ranging from the traditional, direct ownership and trading of tenanted land and buildings, to contemporary capital markets where property revenues are traded as securities or indeed derivatives.
Greater flexibility and availability of indirect property investment products, plus improved performance benchmarking data means that property has attracted growing interest as an investment asset class.
This also means that the property investment market is becoming much more complex and international in nature, as conventional property risks can be managed or mitigated more effectively over long distances.
The wheels of the property market are oiled by the availability of finance from banks and other providers. Appropriate gearing allows property investors and developers access to larger opportunities and thus the chance to leverage higher returns.
Finance and funding underlies much of the activity which goes on in the property market with deals ranging from relatively simple commoditised products such as residential mortgages to highly complex structured deals which may involve several tiers of finance from a variety of sources. Some financing is becoming increasingly aggressive underlining the requirement for sound knowledge and skills in this area.
The pathway guide should be used in conjunction with the core assessment documentation which is available on the RICS website and comprises of:
- Requirements and Competencies guide
- Candidate guide for your RICS assessment e.g. APC, Academic, Senior Professional, Specialist
- Counsellor guide.
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