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European Investment Volumes Fall Sharply from Highs of Last Year

By - Monday 23 April 2012

PropertyEU has recorded a 47% quarter on quarter drop in real estate transactions in Europe in the first quarter. While PropertyEU tracks only transactions worth more than EUR 20mln, which it said fell from EUR 26bn in Q4 2011 to EUR 17.7 bln in Q1, it tracks with data from other sources.

In a recent report into first quarter commercial real estate activity, CB Richard Ellis recorded EUR 24 bn in European real estate transactions in Q1, down 31% quarter on quarter and down 18% compared to Q1 2011. However, in its reports on 2011 CBRE tells of an incredibly strong Q4 2011, with investors rushing to complete deals, which saw investment volumes increase by 15% on the quarter in Europe as a whole, and by 65% in France, 40% in the Nordics, and 42% in the Benelux region. Also, investment volumes are typically stronger towards the end of the year than at the start.

According to CBRE only the Nordic region continued its strong Q4 performance into Q1, with investment volumes up nearly 50% compared with Q1 2011.

Jonathan Hull, head of EMEA Capital Markets, CBRE, commented: "The Nordic markets are increasingly active - government finances are favourable compared with the rest of Europe, as are the prospects for economic growth. Solid fundamentals have driven an increase in the number of foreign buyers looking to enter the region. Sweden remains a key target for many investors and we are witnessing increasing interest in other Nordic markets." 

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