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Total investment volume in European commercial real estate down in Q1

Total investment volume into European commercial real estate in the first quarter of 2016 reached €36.8 billion, some 30% lower than the same period last year, the latest research shows. However, several European countries analysed in the report from international real estate firm Savills are seeing increasing investment activity this year. Italy with growth of 54%, Sweden up 33%, Poland up 15%, the Benelux countries up 12% and Finland up 479%, have all performed well. The report says that the data shows that investor appetite is healthy for quality assets in markets with strong fundamentals. In terms of sectors, industrial has gained ground, increasing by around 19% year on year. This was driven mainly by transactions in the logistics and distribution sector in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, which accounted for more than 80% of the total activity. Over half of the markets across the continent did record a decrease in transaction volumes in the first three months of the year. Lower volumes were observed in the markets which are ahead in the investment cycle such as the UK with a decline of 48%, France down 47% and Germany down 12%. It is believed that the stagnating European economy, the unpredictable outcome of geopolitical tensions in Europe, and the volatility of the stock markets could all be factors influencing investor sentiment and delaying decision making. Savills however insists that these lower volumes are not a reflection of investor demand for real estate in Europe, but of the lack of stock currently available in the marketplace. ‘Demand for commercial real estate in Europe remains strong amongst domestic and cross border investors and deals are still closing at record prices. The predominant threat to an increasing turnover is the lack of good quality assets on offer,’ said Eri Mitsosterigiou, director of European research at Savills On the other hand, Denmark with a fall of 62%), Norway down 47%, Spain down 24% and Ireland down 33%, all experienced dynamic investment activity in 2015, therefore it is unlikely for them to rival these strong performances in 2016. According to Marcus Lemli, head of European investment at Savills, the markets that are likely to continue to be high on investors’ agendas this year are the core markets of Germany and France, which, despite competitive pricing and unbalanced levels of supply and demand, remain attractive due to their solid fundamentals and high liquidity. ‘Strong occupier markets and low development activity is also expected to boost rental growth in these markets over 2016,’ he added. Savills predicts that in 2016 prime CBD rents will grow by 3% to 4% pa in London, by 3.5% in Paris and by 2% in the big four German big cities. From a pricing perspective there is also still some space for further gains in the shopping centre and logistics sectors in Paris, if the yield… Continue reading

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US commercial real estate recovery lags behind residential, say agents

The US commercial real estate market still faces its share of challenges but property agents specialising in the sector are confident that marked improvement seen over the last year will continue. At a commercial economic issues and trends forum National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun led a panel discussion about the forces shaping commercial real estate markets. The panellists agreed that the market has improved and expressed confidence that continued recovery in the economy will drive commercial real estate growth. ‘Commercial real estate usually recovers two years behind the economy. However, NAR members who practice commercial real estate are seeing a three to four year wait. It has been a long and slow recovery, but it is happening,’ said Yun. The forum heard that there are still headwinds facing the commercial sector. Subpar Gross Domestic Product growth, stagnating wage growth and low employment rates are all affecting demand for commercial properties. Yun explained that improving those underlying fundamentals is instrumental in maintaining a strong commercial market and another major hurdle facing the recovery is the lack of financing available for small investors. While large companies can access financing from Wall Street or international buyers, most financing for smaller investors still comes from regional or local banks and credit unions. Many of those small banks are hesitant or reluctant to give out commercial loans. ‘New financial regulations for all banks, big and small, are resulting in smaller banks bearing proportionally higher compliance costs. The little guys are taking the brunt of this. Maybe there should be waivers for smaller banks so they can give out the loans businesses need and help with community development,’ Yun added. According to Sam Chandan, founder and chief economist of Chandan Economics and associate faculty member at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, when it comes to multifamily homes Millennials love to rent. They prefer the flexibility and proximity to amenities that comes with renting rather than owning. However, that fails to take into account that while Millennials will always be Millennials, Millennials will not always be in their twenties. You could ask a 22 year old at any point in history if they want to own a house in the suburbs, move away from urban centres, or own a minivan and they will say no. But that answer has changed in the past and it will change again, and the multifamily sector needs to develop a narrative that takes that into account,’ he explained. The same problem is affecting other commercial markets, such as retail. Online commerce has changed the way commercial retail positions itself and attracts buyers. ‘While it’s true that you will never be able to get a haircut online, the same cannot be said for buying books or groceries. We cannot assume that because people always shopped at grocery stores that they will not learn and adopt another way,’ said Chandan. ‘The commercial market needs to develop a narrative that evaluates how… Continue reading

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UK commercial property rental value reaches highest growth since 2007

UK commercial property markets have recorded their highest rental value growth since the third quarter of 2007, a new report from real estate firm CBRE shows. Of 1,022 locations monitored, some 16% showed an increase in rental value but prime yields fell by an average of 8 basis points and the UK All Property average currently stands at 5.6%, with 35% of locations recording falling yields. In 2014 total prime rental value growth was 3.8%, up from 2.8% in 2013, with the rate increasing steadily over the last 12 months. The average prime yield recorded a fall of 41 basis points over 2014, compared to 32 bps in 2013, and the combination of continued falls in yields and strengthening rental value growth resulted in capital value growth of 11.8% for 2014. ‘During 2014 we have seen prime rental growth strengthening across many UK markets. Prime yields also recorded a substantial improvement, reflecting the growth in investment activity over the last year,’ said Michael Haddock, CBRE senior director. ‘At a national level, total transaction volume reached £61.7 billion in 2014 compared to £54.5 billion in 2013 and just beating the total reached in 2006,’ he explained. Within the office sector, central London experienced the strongest rental value growth, at 11.4% in 2014 compared with 8.1% for the UK as a whole. However, yields are showing the reverse of this pattern, with the strongest falls in office yields being recorded in the rest of the UK. Over 2014, the South East and Eastern regions stood out because of the lack of rental value growth. The report explains that yield shift is spreading to the rest of the country meaning that capital value growth has been fairly evenly distributed across the country. In contrast the industrial sector is seeing an even pattern of both rental value growth and yield shift across the country, although the West Midlands, which is experiencing a shortage of good quality industrial space, appears to be leading the way. Yields in the shopping centre and retail warehouse sectors stabilised in the fourth quarter 2014 after sharp declines in the first three quarters. Although, prime yields were flat in these two sectors in the last quarter, they have recorded the highest average fall for the year as a whole, with the average prime yield down by 53 and 63 basis points respectively compared to the all sector average of 41 basis points. ‘Capital value growth in the Office sector has been seen across the whole of the UK. Central London recorded growth of 7.2% for the quarter and 15.6% for the year as a whole,’ said Andrew Marston, CBRE director. ‘However, the gap between London and the rest of the UK is narrowing, with capital value growth of 10.6% for the UK, excluding London, South East and Eastern. In the fourth quarter of 2014 East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside recorded the highest capital value growth in the office sector. ‘All Industrials also performed very… Continue reading

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