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UK is “most popular destination” for commercial real estate investment

The UK has regained its title as the most popular destination for commercial real estate investment following Germany’s fall in favour.

BrickVest, which published the figures in its quarterly commercial property investment barometer, said the UK has “once again become the most popular region for our investors”.

Its report shows that Germany saw a drop in popularity from 34 per cent to 23 per cent, while the UK rose from 27 per cent to 29 per cent.

Elsewhere, both the US and France gained popularity with investors, with one in five (19 per cent) preferring the US over other regions and a similar proportion (18 per cent) favouring France.

BrickVest said the “hunt for income” ranked highest (38 per cent) as the primary investment objective of international investors over the past three months (Oct – Dec 2017).

It also highlighted heightened interest in investing in the “secondary cities” – namely Birmingham, Newcastle and Bristol.

Emmanuel Lumineau, CEO at BrickVest, said: “Our latest Barometer reveals that Germany is no longer the favoured destination for commercial real estate investment, contrary to its position in Q3 2017. Rather, the UK has once again become the most popular region for our investors.

“There have been similar changes in other aspects of the data, including the greater emphasis placed on the hunt for income and the growing popularity of secondary cities as target markets. As the year progresses and we continue to conduct our Barometer, it will be interesting to see how the industry adapts to these underlying factors affecting the real estate market.”

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