Shortage of offices may weaken the country’s attraction for investors

 

Vilnius, 30 November 2017 – 2017 is set to be one of the most active in the last ten years for the Lithuanian office market according to many parameters. It is anticipated that by the end of 2017 total office stock in Vilnius should increase by 14 new office premises or 89,400 sq m of new floor space. This figure could have been even higher were it not for the delayed openings of some projects. In 2018, the pace of new supply will slow, yet remain strong by Vilnius’ standards with 5 upcoming projects totalling approximately 40,600 sq m of new floor space. More than half of the new space is going to be A class office premises. The office space in Kaunas is planned to almost double in the next two years from the current 87,600 sq m to 183,900 sq m. At least 65,200 sq m of these new developments are going to be A class offices.

“The stocks of A class offices are expanding slightly more when compared to B class offices, which is welcoming, as currently there is a lack of sufficient available prime office space to meet the needs of the potential occupiers. A further low vacancy level for A class offices in Vilnius could damage investment, as companies consider other locations for quick expansion. The situation in Kaunas is even worse because the city is almost devoid of prime offices. Luckily, the situation in the second largest Lithuanian city is set to change. The first significant A class office projects are to be completed early next year. However, the Kaunas office market is much smaller when compared to Vilnius and its rapid expansion makes it relatively volatile,” Ignas Goštautas, Market Analyst of Lithuania Research and Consultancy at CBRE Baltics comments.

The demand for office space in Vilnius remains high. This year office take-up amounted to more than 68,100 sq m. The majority of office take-up was for the yet to be built offices.

Denis Rein, Senior Consultant of Lithuania Advisory & Transaction Services at CBRE Baltics comments: “The expansion of existing foreign-owned Shared Service Centers and IT companies has been leading the demand growth in both cities. Furthermore, some local companies have moved to newer premises or have been consolidating their scattered employees under a single roof. Additionally, economic growth and a positive outlook have stimulated the hiring process and the numbers of private sector employees in IT, finance, real estate and administrative activities, which are the main office occupiers, went up”.

Rent prices have remained unchanged in the Vilnius office market for over a year now. A class rent rates are currently between 14.0 – 16.5 EUR/sq m/month with 9.0 – 13.5 EUR/sq m/month for Class B office premises. A high level of demand was in line with high supply, which led to a stable vacancy rate of around 5% in Vilnius. In Kaunas, the rent prices vary from 11.0 to 14.5 EUR for A class offices and from 7.0 to 11.0 EUR for B class office premises. The vacancy rate is marginally higher, yet still at a low level of around 7.75%.

“Overall, a few vacancies have helped to keep rent prices at the current level. Yet, the presence of well-known international and local companies is highly appreciated by office developers, consequently the actual rental rates in pre-lease agreements are usually lower. The market is observing increasing new office supply, which creates a downward pressure on the level of asking rents, especially for lower quality offices. The temporary lack of prime offices has been somewhat substituted by available space in Class B projects. However, once prime office facilities become more available, the market should expect some tenant movement in order to upgrade their current office premises,” Ignas Goštautas comments.

 

About CBRE Baltics

CPB Real Estate Services is part of the CBRE affiliate network in the Baltics. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue).
The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.

CBRE Baltics offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting and property sales. Please visit our website at www.cbre.lt and www.cbre.eu.

CONTACTS:

Ignas Goštautas | Senior Analyst
Lithuania | Research & Consulting
M +370 694 88318
ignas.gostautas@cbre.lt

Vineta Vigupe | Director
CBRE Baltics | Research & Consulting
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vineta.vigupe@cbre.lv

Shopping Centres to reinvent themselves as simply ‘centres’ by 2030

London, 29 November 2017

CBRE Reveals Insights That Will Shape the Retail Sector by 2030

Shopping Centres of the future will become just ‘centres’ and will reinvent themselves as mixed-use destinations. Healthcare, educational and leisure facilities will all become a fundamental part of the shopping centre, according to new insights from the Future of Retail 2030, by the world’s leading real estate services firm, CBRE.

Shopping centre landlords and developers will increasingly start to focus on delivering what consumers want and where they want it and will begin to create integrated communities in which to live, work and shop.

CBRE also foresee that the focus of the traditional fueling stations will change as they become important mini-logistic hubs as sites of fuel retailers will make ideal locations for collection points for online shoppers. Ownership of electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles will also become more common and there will be an increased need for fast-charging points, this is especially true for city dwellers without access to a designated parking space or charging point at home.

Andrew Phipps, Head of UK & EMEA Retail Research at CBRE, commented: “It’s all about change. The roles of the shopping centre, of the fuel station, and of retail itself.  The speed of change may catch some people unexpectedly, as the mindset and requirements of the consumer will evolve more quickly than the industry can adapt.  This means that investors and occupiers need to prepare and be ahead of the changing trends and not wait to adopt them as they happen.”

CBRE’s Future of Retail 2030 examines 40 “futurist” insights on how the world of retail will change in the future – amid changes in consumers ‘lifestyles, urban environments, retail operations, logistics and other trends affecting the industry.

Other insights outlined by CBRE include:

Smartphones will no longer exist but mobile commerce will grow

As the technology of augmented and virtual reality matures there will be a decrease in the overall dependency on smartphones. Instead smaller and wearable gadgets will connect people to the Internet of Things and will provide access to most information and services. Retailers and landlords will need to prepare to provide digitally enabled environments that can leverage consumers’ connectivity. These environments will need to complement, not compete with consumers’ digital access.

Independent stores and F&B operators will be more prevalent

Retail destinations will feature unique offerings curated towards the local catchment. Retail chains will recognise the opportunities that exist and will begin to further develop ‘local’ concepts and brand names to give the appearance of independence.

The in-store check-out desk will be replaced by faster cashless ways to pay

Many retailers have already taken away the physical check-out desk and this is likely to continue as technology will play an increasingly important role as an enabler of retail sales. This will result in a reduction in the number of retail assistants required in this part of the consumer journey.

Fitting rooms will help as opposed to hinder the shopping experience

Technology will allow customers to try on an outfit in a virtual environment and show items already owned in combination with the item being considered to buy. Fitting room technology will also allow the customer to request a different size or style via touchscreen. This will negate the need to leave the fitting room.

The number of wellness establishments will grow

The ‘Instagram generation’ will continue to evolve and will have an even greater ‘need’ to look and feel good. Fitness centres will become commonplaces in malls, urban areas and in new-build residential properties.

Retail will be leisure

As stores become showrooms, in-store leisure elements will dramatically increase. The divide between retail and leisure will become blurred as retail brands address the need for an experience in their store.

To learn more about CBRE’s Future of Retail 2030 go to: www.cbre.com/futureofretail2030

 

 

CBRE GROUP, INC. earns place on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for fourth consecutive year

Los Angeles, September 12, 2017 

CBRE GROUP, INC. earns place on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for fourth consecutive year

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the fourth year in a row. This prestigious index recognizes corporations that demonstrate leadership in environmental, social and governance performance.
The 600 largest North American companies of the S&P Global Broad Market Index were invited to participate in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Of these, 25 percent were included in DJSI North America.

“We are proud to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth straight year,”

said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer.

“We are focused on continuous improvement of our own corporate responsibility performance while producing great outcomes for our clients.”

Additionally, CBRE remained a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index following the June 2017 index review, and has been a part of FTSE4Good since 2014. In early 2017, CBRE was named a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the fourth consecutive year and received an EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of The Year — Sustained Excellence Award, the tenth consecutive year of EPA recognition.

More information on corporate responsibility at CBRE can be found at www.cbre.com/responsibility.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue).  The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.  Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Contact:
Robert McGrath
212.984.8267
Robert.McGrath@cbre.com

Spain dominates European hotel investment market reaching over €2 billion in H1 2017

London, 09 August 2017

Spain dominates European hotel investment market reaching over €2 billion in H1 2017

European hotel investment transaction volumes totalled €9 billion in the first half (H1) of 2017 representing an increase of 6% year-on-year, according to the latest data from global commercial property advisor, CBRE.

Spain has experienced an exceptional increase in hotel investment transaction levels which witnessed investment volumes soaring by 228% year-on-year and reaching over €2 billion for H1 2017, compared to the same period in the previous year. The strong market performance has been largely driven by Spain’s economic recovery, attractive asset pricing and availability, which is making Spain the most liquid hotel market in Q2 2017.

CBRE Hotels recently advised Starmel, a JV between Starwood Capital and Meliá Hotels International, on the sale of a major Spanish hotel portfolio, consisting of four Sol by Meliá branded assets in Ibiza, Mallorca, Lanzarote and Costa del Sol. This is one of the largest portfolio transactions in the history of the Spanish hotel market.

Miguel Casas, Director, Investment Properties, CBRE Hotels, Spain, said:

“This transaction is a sign of the strength of interest that CBRE Hotels is seeing for European resort assets from a range of capital sources. The diversity of the buyer pool was a clear indication of the maturity and confidence of continued growth in these markets in the eyes of the global investor community.”

Security concerns in competing leisure destinations have also contributed to a record-breaking number of visitors to Spain, recording 36.3 million tourist arrivals in H1 2017, an increase of 12% year-on-year.
Italy and the Nordics also recorded strong hotel investment growth with Italy posting a 59% increase with deals amounting to over €700 million and the Nordics reached an 57% increase in H1 2017. Meanwhile, the UK and Germany witnessed a decline in investment volumes (-9% and -10% respectively) which is mainly attributed to a shortage of stock and large portfolio transactions in H1 2016, which set the bar particularly high for comparison purposes. However, strong investment appetite persists in both markets.
Catherine Latzenhofer, Analyst, CBRE Hotels, EMEA, added:

“The 2016 hotel investment volume, whilst relatively high, experienced the headwinds of political and economic uncertainty and some questioned whether the investment market had reached a peak. However, a strong H1 2017 would suggest that growth has resumed, partly driven by portfolios, and 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year”.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Acquisition bolsters CBRE’s services for the retail sector in France

Acquisition bolsters CBRE’s services for the retail sector in France

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has acquired the business of Convergences-CVL, a leading, full service retail property consultancy based in Paris, France.

Founded in 2010, Convergences-CVL is led by Jérôme Le Grelle and includes a team of 27 professionals based in Paris. Convergences-CVL provides a full range of retail property services from strategic planning to transaction execution and property management for a broad range of clients in France including developers, retailers and public sector entities.

This acquisition enhances CBRE’s position in the retail sector in France where it already holds a leading position in the office and industrial leasing sectors.

Jérôme Le Grelle will assume the role of Head of Retail for CBRE in France. Prior to founding Convergences-CVL, Mr. Le Grelle held a number of high profile positions in the retail sector including Head of Real Estate at LVMH, President of the French subsidiary of Rodamco Europe and COO of Carrefour Property.

This acquisition adds market-leading expertise in retail consultancy and devMartin Samworth, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, CBREelopment advisory capabilities to our strength in retail transactions and will significantly enhance our ability to provide a full range of world-class retail services to our domestic and international clients in France.

Martin Samworth, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, CBRE

As our new head of retail in France, Jérôme Le Grelle will spearhead the growth and development of our retail client service provision in Paris and other major cities right across France. With Jérôme leading a team of some 50 retail specialists, we are now strongly positioned to deliver exceptional outcomes to clients in retail sector.
Fabrice Allouche, Managing Director of CBRE in France

A positive economic background underpin the success of the Baltic investment market

Global real estate advisor, CBRE, has launched its first ever EMEA Investment Guide, providing an overview of the commercial real estate market in 36 countries.
“For the first time CBRE has compiled a comprehensive and meaningful information document for investors, who are interested in the EMEA, CEE and Baltic regions, providing insight into the economic situation and outlining the legal environment in each country. Investors who are interested in the Baltic region and are attracted by the stable economic situation and attractive yields can gain a basic understanding for each country in respect of the economic and property fundamentals that underpin real estate investment. The Guide offers an overview of the land system, foreign investment policies and the property taxes associated with buying, selling and owning commercial property. We believe this information will help international and local investors in the decision making process and will focus attention on the Baltic region as a stable environment for investment,” Vineta Vigupe, Director of Baltic Region Research and Consultancy at CBRE comments.

In the period between Q3 2015 to Q2 2016, a total of US$122 billion was invested into EMEA markets. This is a testament to the continued popularity of these markets for investors looking to deploy capital into real estate. Whilst investment levels are lower than in 2015, prime assets in core markets across the region remain key targets for capital, and cities such as London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels have continued to attract foreign investment, particularly from the Middle East and Asia. However, both the UK and Germany, Europe’s top two sources of capital, have increased their investment into other European markets. This is particularly true of UK investors, whose cross border investment has increased by 66 per cent since H1 2015.

There was also a significant uplift in interest in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). When taken as a group, CEE markets saw their proportion of preference rise from 6% in 2015 to 56% this year with total investment in this region (excluding Russia) totalling €4.897 billion during H1 2016. This uplift can be explained by the continued “search for yield” approach adopted by investors. Prime yields in continental Western Europe have fallen very sharply and this has resulted in the yield gap between CEE and Western Europe increasing markedly, raising CEE’s attractiveness to real estate investors. Yields in the Baltic region are still more attractive than those offered in Central Europe or Scandinavia. Therefore we see investors increasing their interest in the market.
Vineta Vigupe, Director of Baltic Region Research and Consultancy at CBRE comments: “CBRE preliminary figures show CRE investment of nearly €655 million in the Baltic region countries for the first ten months of 2016. The most attractive asset type in 2016 proves to be the retail sector – with a multitude of prime or close to prime deals closed, mostly in capital cities. The leading position in 2016 is likely to be held by Latvia with 45% of the overall investment figure during Q1-Q3 2016, whilst 35% was generated in Estonia, leaving Lithuania in third position with 20%.

Considered against total investment last year, investors’ interest in the Baltic region has been stable during 2016 reflecting the attractive yields offered and the positive economic background. We have witnessed the appearance of new investors – a trend that began in 2015 with the market penetration of new large players from Western Europe and the Americas, which has continued this year as well. According to the CBRE Guide, offices are the most popular investment choice amongst investors in 21 of the 36 states. In the Baltic States offices and shopping centres in the capital cities are the most popular targets.”

EVERSHEDS Bitāns Law Office Partner Ģirts Rūda comments: “It is good to see the Baltic States among the markets that continue to be the most popular in the EMEA region. The Baltic States are highly valued for transparency and legal protection issues, but as smaller markets we are lacking investment liquidity. In Latvia there is still a room for improvement on investment protection issues, like creditor protection during bankruptcy proceedings, and co-operation between the state and real estate market players could be improved.”
Eversheds Saladžius Law Office partner Rimtis Puišys mentions: “Lithuania is highly rated for its quality talent pool, ease of starting a business as well as the attractive ratio between wages and productivity, among other things. There is some room for improvement as well, including facilitation of business funding opportunities, accelerating the assimilation of EU structural funds, reducing the administrative burden and including the introduction and use of innovative e-solutions.”

When it comes to improving the attractiveness, then main problem is the small size of the market (if the investor looks at each Baltic country separately). Positive change is rather driven by the market participants, who deal with the Baltics as one region regardless of the fact that there are 3 different jurisdictions. This change is supported among others by advisors and fund managers who have established pan-Baltic activities that allow unification of the Baltic market making the Baltics as a whole more interesting than Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would be separately for investors from elsewhere, Randu Riiberg, Eversheds Ots & Co Law Office partner, underlined.

Global real estate advisor, CBRE, has launched its first ever EMEA Investment Guide, providing an overview of the commercial real estate market in 36 countries. The information regarding all Baltic capitals was prepared in conjunction with the global elite law firm EVERSHEDS.

CONTACT:
Vineta Vigupe
vineta.vigupe@cbre.lv
+371 29162408

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About Eversheds
Eversheds Bitāns is the only elite law firm acting in the Baltics. Eversheds Bitāns is supporting its clients across the full range of businesses issues. Core activities are: banking, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial, real estate, intellectual property and dispute resolution fields.
The company is part of Eversheds International, a global elite law firm with more than 50 offices across 30 countries, which employs over 2,000 lawyers. This empowers the company in delivering transparent cross-border legal solutions to its clients.
Eversheds Bitāns practice of more than 20 lawyers is led by experienced attorneys and legal advisers, which are highly recognised by independent international legal market research directories and clients.

CBRE lauches benchmark investment guide for EMEA

Global real estate advisor, CBRE, has launched its first ever EMEA Investment Guide, providing an overview of the commercial real estate market in 36 countries. The information regarding all Baltic countries was prepared in conjunction with the global elite law firm EVERSHEDS.
Jonathan Hull, Head of EMEA Investment Properties at CBRE comments: “The EMEA Investment Guide 2016 is the definitive introduction to investing in commercial property in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It explores the terms of buying, selling and leasing commercial property in 36 countries across the region.”

The report, which covers 36 markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a benchmark document which outlines both the economic and real estate fundamentals of different countries across the region. The report highlights key market strengths in each country as well as prominent investor groups, most desirable assets and a detailed overview of the land, taxation and legal obligations required in each country. The comprehensive guide is the first of its kind and will provide real estate investors with the critical information they need when considering property acquisitions across the region.
Vineta Vigupe, Director of Baltic Region Research and Consultancy at CBRE Baltics comments: “For the first time CBRE has compiled a comprehensive and meaningful information document for investors, who are interested in the EMEA, CEE and Baltic regions, providing insight into the economic situation and outlining the legal environment in each country. Investors who are interested in the Baltic region and are attracted by the stable economic situation and attractive yields can get a basic understanding for each country in respect of the economic and property fundamentals that underpin real estate investment. The Guide offers an overview of the land system, foreign investment policies and the property taxes associated with buying, selling and owning commercial property. We believe this information will help international and local investors in the decision making process and will focus attention on the Baltic region as a stable environment for investment.”
According to the CBRE Guide, offices are the most popular investment choice amongst the investors in 21 of the 36 states. In the Baltic States offices and shopping centres in the capital cities are the most popular targets.

EVERSHEDS Bitāns Law Office Partner Ģirts Rūda comments: “It is good to see the Baltic States among the markets that continue to be the most popular in the EMEA region. The Baltic States are highly valued for transparency and legal protection issues, but as smaller markets we are lacking investment liquidity. In Latvia there is still a room for improvement on investment protection issues, like creditor protection during bankruptcy proceedings, and co-operation between the state and real estate market players could be improved.”

Shopping centre RYO won „Best Shopping Centre“ award in „Baltic Real Estate Awards 2016″

For the sixth consecutive year “Verslo žinios” has been organizing the Baltic Real Estate Investment Forum, and the second time – „Baltic Real Estate Awards 2016“ (05.05.2016) for the Baltic region real estate projects, or phases of large projects completed for occupancy during the year 2015. It includes awards for the most value producing buildings of the year in the areas of office, retail, hotel and residential development.

This year the competition took place among 52 housing projects and 27 commercial buildings.
Best shopping center category rewarded the new, expanded or reconstructed shopping centres, retail parks or factory outlets which succeed in encouraging and retaining traffic, while offering a unique shopper experience through new technologies, services, customer loyalty programmes and architectural features that aim to increase footfall and customer satisfaction.
PONTOS Group project – reconctructed shopping center RYO in Panevėžys – has been awarded as „Best Shopping Center“ in the Baltic States. RYO competed in the shopping centres category with the projects in Vilnius and Tallinn. RYO has been reconstructed in year 2014, rebranded and re-opened in January, 2015. Investment of the project amounted to 7,4 million Euros. Since 2011 RYO is owned by the Finnish investment company PONTOS Group and managed by the commercial property and real estate services adviser CBRE.
“Verslo žinios” organized “Baltic Real Estate Investment Forum 2016“. Partner „Newsec Baltics“ and „Ober-Haus Real Estate Advisors“ has selected the finalists, which later was assessed by the international jury commission in accordance with the detailed criteria.
The awards are judged according to the following key criteria:
Innovation & Design showing new ideas, approaches or execution models that enhance the project’s tenant appeal, efficiency and value in relation to its environment, public and media recognition, sustainability;
Location & accessibility showing effective site selection credentials, catchment capacity, transport access, etc.;
Quality & punctuality of construction process.

Other Categories
Best office & business development.
This category rewards newly constructed office buildings and business parks that offer owners and users increased worker satisfaction and productivity, improved health, greater flexibility and enhanced energy and environmental performance of the workplace. Through an integrated design, the focus must be on the ability to accommodate the specific space and equipments needs of the tenant. WINNER: Investment company “Lords LB Asset Management“ developed office building “K29” in Vilnius.

Best residential development
This category celebrates new developments that provide the best housing opportunities, while adopting originality and aesthetics. An integrated urban design, as well as a smart-site planning, is important for the residential project to merge well with the wider community and surrounding neighbourhood. WINNER: „YIT Kausta“ project „Upės rezidencija“ in Vilnius.

Best hotel & tourism resort
This award honours the most innovative newly-constructed hotel in terms of architecture and interior design, while also considering client well-being, services provided to guests, leisure and recreational facilities and environmental aspects. WINNER: „SPA Estonia“ project „Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa“ in Parnu.

Almost half of all EMEA real estate investors expect to increase their purchasing activity in 2016

Real estate investors across the EMEA region intend to be very active in 2016. According to CBRE’s 2016 EMEA Investor Intentions Survey almost half (48%) of all surveyed expect their purchasing activity to be higher than last year, compared with just 15% who expect to be less active buyers. 43% also expect their selling activity to increase, indicating a buoyant and liquid real estate investment market for the region in 2016.
Despite this commitment to real estate investment, one notable change has been a decline in investors’ appetite for risk. After three years of diminishing popularity, prime or core assets are back on the agenda. The proportion of investors who see prime or core assets as the most attractive part of the market has jumped from 29% last year to 41% in 2016. This is partly explained by investors’ concerns over economic issues. When asked the question “What poses the greatest threat to property markets in 2016”, global economic weakness was seen as the greatest threat (31%), with domestic economic problems (14%) a distant second.

Diverging investor views were prevalent in the responses given for the most attractive country for real estate investment. Germany was the most frequent choice as investors’ preferred destination, with 17% of all responses. The UK was in close second place with 15.1%, followed by Spain (10.2%), Netherlands (9.9%), France (9.2%) and Poland (9.2%). More importantly however, is the fact that this was by far the closest result of any of CBRE’s seven surveys, with many more markets coming into the mix this year.

There was also a big uplift in interest in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). When taken as a group, CEE markets saw their proportion of preference rise from 6% in 2015 to 23% this year. This can partly be explained by investors’ continued “search for yield”. In H2 2015 prime yields in continental Western Europe fell very sharply and this has resulted in the yield gap between CEE and Western Europe increase markedly, raising CEE’s attractiveness to real estate investors.

At a city level, London retained its preferred status, with 15.1% of all investors favouring the city, but the gap between London and other cities is closing. Madrid came second with 12.2%, closely followed by Paris (11.6%), Berlin (10.8%), Amsterdam (7.3%), Warsaw (7.0%), Milan (4.7%), Budapest (2.9%), Prague (2.7%) and Munich (2.4%).

Across the more traditional sectors, offices remained the favourite asset type with 37% of the responses. However it was residential assets which saw the biggest increase in investor interest, growing from 5% of preferences in 2015 to 12% in 2016. Retail also fared well, and the recovery of consumer confidence and consumer spending has resulted in the proportion of respondents choosing retail increasing from 22% in 2015 to 27% in 2016.

The search for yield, as mentioned with regard to CEE, was also apparent in respondents’ answers to the “alternative” sector. 56% of all respondents were already invested in one or more alternative sectors, and 57% were actively looking in one or more of these sectors. Real estate debt is the segment that currently has the most market penetration with over 30% of investors already having some exposure and 22% actively looking for further investment. Student Housing was the segment which attracted the most new interest. 20% of respondents already have investments in this area with most of these seeking further exposure. However there are a further 13% of respondents who are looking to invest in student housing for the first time.

Jonathan Hull, managing director of Investment Properties, EMEA at CBRE, commented:

“There were a few stand-out themes in our survey this year, but the most interesting, to my mind, is investors’ purchasing activity. Almost 85% of respondents expect their purchasing activity in 2016 to remain higher or the same as last year. This result, taken alongside similar figures for investors’ selling intentions, indicates that we are set for another year of strong investment activity.

Overall however, there was much less agreement amongst respondents on what constitutes the most attractive market and preferred investment strategy. As differences in opinion are what make a market, this would suggest that 2016 will be an interesting time in real estate across the EMEA region.”
Vineta Vigupe, CBRE, Director of Research and consultations in the Baltic region, comments:

“For the seventh consecutive year CBRE has carried out such a comprehensive and important survey indicating and outlining investors’ activity and intentions. Getting acquainted with it, it can be concluded that investors’ interest in the Baltic region will not decline this year due to attractive yields and positive economic background. 2016 will be an interesting year and we will definitely see new investor names, respectively – a trend that began in 2015 with the market penetration of new large players from Western Europe and Americas, such as the Partners Group, Blackstone, Hili Properties, etc., will continue this year as well.

Demand will be high for prime retail and office properties with an attractive rate of return. Given the fact that recent year’s development of commercial properties in Latvia was limited, Lithuanian and Estonian investment market could be more active this year as evidenced already in the first months of accomplished transactions with a total investment volume of almost 100 million euros. However, currently there are large and attractive investment properties in the selling process in all three Baltic countries, which will likely change hands during this year. ”

To learn more about CBRE Research, or to access the additional research reports, please visit the Global Research Gateway at: www.cbre.com/researchgateway .

About CBRE’s 2016 EMEA Investor Intentions Survey
The survey was carried out between 8th January 2016 and 4th February 2016. The survey attracted 1,255 responses globally, but respondents were first asked the global region for which they were most responsible. This report covers the 423 who responded in EMEA.
These responses were spread across a range of types of real estate investors. The most numerous were fund/asset managers, who accounted for 42% of survey participants. A further 13% were pension funds, insurance companies or sovereign wealth funds. The other most numerous respondents were private equity/venture capital firms (11%), private property companies (10%) and listed property companies/REITs (10%).
The respondents were predominantly investors domiciled in Europe (87%). UK-domiciled investors were the most numerous, making up 26% of the total, followed by France (13%), Netherlands (12%) and Germany (12%). The respondents from outside Europe were mainly from North America (8%).

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