Germany overtakes the UK as preferred place to invest in commercial real estate

Germany overtakes the UK as place to invest in commercial real estate

One in three commercial real estate investors say Germany is their preferred region to invest in, the first time that Germany has been chosen as the number one region for investment ahead of the UK in the annual BrickVest commercial property investment barometer (‘the Barometer’) Germany was selected by 33 percent compared to the 27 percent who choose the UK, which saw a drop from 33 percent to 31 percent in the last quarter and from 32 percent in the same Barometer 12 months ago. Nearly one in five (17 percent) selected the US, which represents a slight increase from 12 months ago (16 percent), while France was selected by 15 percent, the same as Q3 last year.

The Barometer also revealed that UK, French, German and US investors are now less favourable towards the UK since last year. 45 percent of UK, nearly a quarter (21 percent) of US, a fifth (19 percent) of French and 18 percent of German investors suggested they favour the UK this quarter, representing a decrease from last year across the board from 46 percent, 26 percent, 28 percent and 21 percent respectively.

According to BrickVest’s investors, the average risk appetite for commercial real estate continues to rise to 52 percent from 49 percent last quarter and from 48 percent this time last year, meaning a sentiment shift from low to balanced risk. German investor risk appetite increased significantly from 50 percent last year to 62 percent while the US saw an increase to 54 percent (47 percent in Q3 2016). UK investor risk appetite also increased from 46 percent to 47 percent. However in France, average risk appetite decreased significantly from 62 percent to 45 percent.

BrickVest’s Barometer also showed that the investment objective for the majority (55 percent) of its online investors is capital growth compared to 33 percent who said income.

Emmanuel Lumineau, CEO at BrickVest, commented: “Our latest Barometer reveals that Germany has overtaken the UK as the location of choice to invest in commercial real estate. Investor risk appetite continues to rise as commercial real estate offers opportunities, especially in the form of debt like investments which offer good risk adjusted returns in a volatile market environment.”

The full report is available here.