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Property Funds and Finance | Europe


Following a strong end to 2016, European commercial property investment volumes eased to €44.2 billion in Q1 2017, an 8.3% decrease compared with the corresponding quarter of 2016.


European commercial real estate investment activity in 2016 was the third highest on record, according to Savills, who recorded total transaction volumes at €207bn. 


According to global property firm JLL, the depreciation of the pound, coupled with a slight drop in capital values, has led UK commercial real estate to be discounted by 16% on average by overseas capital.


Edinburgh has broken into the world's top five cities within a global property investment index thanks to its increasing appeal among the international investment community.


London has been ranked as the most attractive European city for real estate investment for the sixth consecutive year, according to CBRE’s annual Investor Intentions Survey being launched at MIPIM 2017.


According to Knight Frank's recently released Wealth Report 2017, there is a change in ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI) property investment patterns, driven by political uncertainty, cooling measures and barriers affect traditional markets.


London property prices rebounded to an all-time high this month, boosted by areas on the periphery of the U.K. capital, according to Rightmove Plc.


•Global ultra-wealthy population grows in 2016, despite political and economic uncertainty

•Sydney and Melbourne see highest net inflows of HNWIs globally; Perth is 8th on the global list

•Across the globe, Australasia sees strongest regional growth in UHNWIs 2015-2016 at 11%

•Sydney and Melbourne both projected to see 70% more UHNWIs over the next 10 years


Germany was Europe's biggest market for commercial real estate investment in 2016, a year of mixed performances across the continent


The Spanish property market grew by 14% in 2016, the biggest increase in sales of homes since the run up to the last real estate boom, new figures show.


The likes of Jack Ma are toasting to luxury wine estates in France and beyond


The City of London property market remains a magnate for overseas real estate investment despite Brexit and is particularly popular with buyers from South East Asia.



Developers, housing associations and councils in the UK can now bid for a share of £172 million of new Government investment to transform local neighbourhoods and deliver high quality housing.


The UK’s Build to Rent sector is in good shape to see considerable expansion as real estate investors and developers regard it as a significant opportunity going into 2017.


Property prices in Ireland increased by 7.3% nationally in the year to September 2016, up from the 6.8% recorded the previous month, the latest index data shows.


Investment volumes into Swedish real estate are set to reach a record high of in excess of €15.5bn (SEK 180bn) this year, according to Savills.


Confidence is returning to Turkey’s property market after the failed political coup in July with houses sales increasing again and foreign buyers returning to the market.


Commercial property auctions are proving an unlikely bright spot in Britain's real estate market where a steep drop in sterling has attracted overseas buyers and local investors are as yet unfazed by potential fallout from Brexit.



Demand in the prime central London lettings market continued to strengthen in September as uncertainty persisted over short term pricing trends in the sales market.


Office transactions in the UK’s third largest city increased by 8% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year with Manchester becoming a key focus for commercial property investors.