A total of €64.5 billion was invested in European commercial property in the final quarter of 2015, which took volumes for the full year to €238.5 billion, a 25% increase on 2014.
However, the fourth quarter total was only slightly up, by 0.5%, on the same quarter of 2014, indicating that investment growth lost a little momentum towards the end of the year, according to the latest European quarterly commercial property outlook report from Knight Frank.
However, it shows that increases in investment activity were widespread in 2015, with the core markets of the UK, Germany and France all seeing transactions rise by more than 20%.
New York and Boston were considered fair-valued, leaving 12 of the 15 cities surveyed overvalued
Sales prices of luxury houses are escalating more than those of average homes. While price growth in the Netherlands is currently “2.5 to 3 percent on a yearly basis, for luxury houses it is 5 percent,” Mr. De Vries said. The most expensive markets are Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam. In Amsterdam’s northern suburbs, luxury home prices are rising 7 percent to 8 percent annually.
The European commercial property investment market has continued to gain positive momentum, with transaction volumes reaching €104.9 billion in the first half of 2015.
This was a 29% increase on the same period of 2014 and investment volumes for 2015 are forecast to reach €230 billion, which would make it comfortably the best year since the market peak of 2007.
The figure rose to more than 15,000, the highest since the financial crisis, the CBS said in a statement
The pound rose to its highest rate against the euro since November 2007 on Thursday, climbing to €1.4350 at one point.
The euro fell against both the pound and the dollar as markets assessed potential interest rate moves over the next few months.
The European Central Bank is expected to maintain its loose monetary policy for some time to come.
However, markets are now waiting for rate rises in the UK and US.
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