Europe’s real estate industry remains “cautious but positive” as it comes to terms with today’s low-return market and the longer-term disruptive forces of technology and social change.
Emerging Trends Europe reveals an industry that is buoyed by a brighter general economic outlook and, in turn, stronger occupier demand for much of Europe than previous years.
Continental European markets are benefiting from a relative slide in sentiment towards the UK, where, despite some semblance of normality returning to investment volumes in 2017, there is nonetheless widespread concern over the economic impact of Brexit in 2018 and beyond.
In contrast, following the election of Emmanuel Macron, interviewees are more upbeat about France than they have been for years. Germany, meanwhile, is consolidating its position as Europe’s safe haven for capital.