Commercial investment market surpasses €60bn for all-time high
In 2018 the German commercial investment market saw over €60bn in investment for the first time, reaching the expected new record and exceeding the record result of the previous year by 6% once again. BNPPRE measured a commercial transaction volume of €61.5bn, while JLL, CBRE and Colliers International reported sums between €60.1bn and €60.6bn. Savills reported €60.4bn. According to the brokerage firms’ analyses, the new all-time high is attributable in particular to office properties in the top markets. Here, Frankfurt stood out with several spectacular major deals. The banking metropolis edged up to first place with over €10bn, overtaking Berlin. Demand for retail properties was lower than in the previous year – here sales fell by approx. 10% despite the Karstadt/Kaufhof merger, the largest transaction of the year. Yields on prime properties fell again slightly in the 4th quarter; except for the logistics segment, no further declines are expected in 2019. For the current year brokerage firms have issued forecasts ranging from €50bn to €58bn.
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