But for 21% of investors Asia is the target, says survey
European property investors are focusing on opportunities in their region in 2010, with many seeing the rising UK, German and French markets as the most attractive, a CB Richard Ellis survey said yesterday.
Of 271 investors polled, 60 per cent said they were planning to invest in Europe, 21 per cent are looking to Asia, and 12 per cent in North America, CBRE said in the report, released at the MIPIM property trade fair at Cannes, France.
‘This European preference is probably not surprising given that the vast majority of respondents are based in, and predominantly invest within, the region,’ Nick Axford, head of EMEA research and consulting at CBRE, said.
‘However, it is noteworthy that 40 per cent see the best opportunities lying elsewhere, with Asia a clear target for many,’ he said.
Of those investing within Europe, 31 per cent pick the UK as the most attractive market, with France and Germany equally preferred by 18 per cent. Another 17 per cent were looking further east, towards Central and Eastern Europe, the survey showed.
‘As yet, investors see fewer opportunities in the distressed Spanish market, perhaps believing that the window for entering this market will remain open for longer here than elsewhere,’ CBRE said.
Offices are the most attractive target to 39 per cent of investors, while 34 per cent preferred retail properties, in particular shopping centres.
The survey showed more than half of the respondents believed the risk of a ‘double dip’ recession or a weaker-than-expected recovery in occupier demand posed the biggest threats to the property market, CBRE said.
Fears of forced sales by banks and debtors – a key investor concern last year – appears to have ebbed however, it said.
‘Respondents are right not to be too concerned . . . the support . . . from governments and asset protection schemes will help to extend the period over which problem debt can be tackled,’ Philip Cropper, CBRE executive director of real estate finance, said.
Source: Business Times, 18 Mar 2010