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Global Property Investment Up in Q2

By - Thursday 26 July 2012

The amount of money invested in real estate markets worldwide increased quarter-on-quarter during the three months from April to June. According to figures published by Jones Lang LaSalle, investment volumes were up by 24 per cent in this period, although this did not equate to an annual rise as well. The Americas region led the way, with investment here climbing by 33 per cent, although Europe put in a strong performance, posting a rise of 17 per cent, compared to the previous quarter.

London was named as the most active city in the world for property investment deals in Q2, with head of European capital markets research at the firm Robert Stassen commenting: "Real estate lot sizes are in the right bracket to attract the big ticket money." He added that investor interest could spread to assets outside the capital, "if the market picks up in the second half of the year". The UK as a whole was one of the most targeted locations in Europe, with Germany and France also taking a large share of the money ploughed into the continent. Collectively, these three countries accounted for 70 per cent of the investment in European property.

David Green-Morgan, global capital markets research director at Jones Lang LaSalle, is confident investor interest in real estate assets will continue to grow throughout the rest of 2012. He explained Canadian, US and Middle Eastern buyers have already stepped up their activity on worldwide property markets, concluding that investors from nations such as China, Thailand and Indonesia are likely to do the same by the end of 2012.

Earlier this year, figures released by CBRE revealed the value of real estate assets around the world was up in the first quarter of 2012, compared to a year earlier. As with the investment volumes in Q2, the Americas region was the top-performing area, posting capital growth of 9.6 per cent annually.

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