Our monthly property market review is intended to provide background to recent developments in property markets as well as to give an indication of how some key issues could impact in the future.
SCOTTISH HOTELS ATTRACT OVERSEAS INVESTORS
Whilst some areas of the commercial property market are marking time post-Brexit, the Scottish hotels sector appears to be bucking the trend.
Respected commercial and residential agents, Savills reveals that this particular market has attracted overseas investment of over £51m in the current year to date. This represents a six-fold increase on last year’s annual total of £7.8m.
A large proportion of this investment has come from US investors, who have pumped over £35 million into hotel investment in Edinburgh so far this year.
Indian investors also have shown increased interest with investment in the sector estimated at £8.3 million.
INDUSTRIAL AND DISTRIBUTION SECTOR OUTPERFORMS
The UK commercial property market saw capital values increase by 0.4% in August, according to recent research by CBRE. Reassuring as this is, it is interesting to note that the industrial and distribution sectors in particular saw capital growth double that return, with an increase of 0.8%.
Meanwhile, rental values within the industrial sector grew overall by 0.4%, with the south east region boosting that sector average figure with rental growth of 0.6% in August.
The Head of UK Research at CBRE, Miles Gibson reported that: “Overall in August, performance in the main sectors was steady compared with July’s results. It is a traditionally slow time of the year for commercial real estate. The Industrial sector continues to outperform the other main sectors as it has done for most of 2017.”
PENSION FUNDS STILL KEEN ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTY DESPITE BREXIT
In its latest survey of 99 property-focused European investors, property investment platform, BrickVest has shown that 40% of their respondents, including pension funds, are looking to add to their commercial property portfolios over the next 12 months, despite the uncertainties inherent in the UK’s Brexit negotiations.
However, the current political environment between the UK and the EU has led 60% of their respondents to believe that the ongoing negotiations will pose the greatest challenge for commercial property investors over the next year. With just under 40% of respondents believing that Brexit will increase investment opportunities in European commercial property over the course of the next year.
The Chief Executive of BrickVest, Emmanuel Lumineau, commented: “Commercial real estate has seen increased inflows from institutional investors for a number of years as the asset class has become more and more mainstream.
“Clearly Brexit has created some uncertainties and will certainly present challenges for institutional real estate investors. However, our research shows that European investors believe investment opportunities could increase. We are experiencing strong levels of demand from investors for property as an asset class and it is clear that many of our users want to take advantage of the vote.”