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DTZ has suggested that there is “mounting evidence of recovery” in UK property, driven by an increase in non-bank lending and also banks sorting out their balance sheets.
Property Archive reports that 2012 saw £35.5bn of UK investment activity, up marginally by 1.5% from 2011 (£35bn). It was the year of overseas investment in UK property, comprising 46% of total activity for the year (£16.6bn) and being the only net investor for the year of £7.73bn.
Despite lacklustre economic growth and a slowdown for letting markets, investment in commercial real estate in France performed well in H1 2012 with € 6.6bn invested.
The weak global economic outlook and eurozone debt crisis continue to weigh heavily on the UK property investment market.
The first half of 2012 was marked by positive signs in the office occupier market. Demand is proving to be resilient so far and completions remain at low levels.
Net property investment still solid but unspectacular
Despite the global uncertainty, UK investment has been consistent so far in 2012
UK commercial property rents have fallen for a full quarter.
A report from DTZ Research, shows total direct commercial real estate investment in Central European declined to €327m in Q2 2012, a 60% decline quarter-on-quarter. Total investment in H1 2012 now stands at €1.2bn, 25% below the H1 average (since 2001) of €1.6bn.
The investment market for commercial properties in Germany saw a total investment volume of €9.4bn in the first half of 2012, 15% less than in the same period of last year, a market report by CBRE shows.