Strong growth in office investment helps bolster European real estate market
Total real estate investment in Europe decreased by 8 percent in the second quarter of this year, but there has been strong growth in the offices sector, with volumes totalling €29bn, compared to €24.1bn for the same period last year. Office investment for the first half of the year was also up 11 percent on the same period last year.
Furthermore, investment into other areas, including healthcare and student accommodation, remained resilient, with volumes on par with that of last year and 6 percent up on the first half of 2017.
Following a more subdued start to the year, the UK posted a strong second quarter. Total investment in Q2 2018 reached €19.9bn, driven by a record quarter for London City office investment. Jonathan Hull, managing director of Investment Properties, EMEA at CBRE commented: “Despite ongoing political uncertainties, the UK remains an attractive destination for European and global capital.”