CBRE: Global real estate investors remain strongly expansionary in 2016

London, Los Angeles and Sydney are Top Regional Targets to Investors Office is Most Attractive Property Type Ahead of Retail, Multifamily

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Global real estate investors remain strongly expansionary in 2016, with more than US$1 trillion of planned expenditures anticipated to enter global real estate markets—6 percent higher than in 2015, according to the CBRE Global Investor Intentions Survey 2016.

The 2016 survey was conducted between January and early February, and captured negative sentiment arising from volatility in China’s stock market at the time. The survey asked investors how much capital (gross acquisitions) they would deploy in real estate purchases this year. The results reveal there is approximately US$1.16 trillion of capital targeting property investment in 2016—an increase of 3 percent from 2015 levels in local currency terms.

The majority of investors (82 percent) indicate that their buying activity will increase or remain the same compared to 2015. While these results are down slightly from the last two years—86 percent in 2015 and 93% in 2014—this is not indicative of widespread concern about the short- or medium-term performance of real estate as an asset class. More likely, it reflects some concerns about pricing, the direction of U.S. interest rates and current volatility in equities.

“Investors continue to find real estate appealing, chiefly due to the relatively higher returns and stability on offer. We believe that 2016 will be another active year for the global real estate investment market, with capital flows 6 percent higher than in 2015. There is more than US$1 trillion of capital targeting real estate in 2016 and this volume of expenditure will maintain support for global real estate prices,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, Capital Markets, CBRE.

“Investment strategies are shifting amid concerns about the health of the global economy. Not surprisingly, 2016 looks likely to be a “risk-off” year, with investors reporting they are more focused on core assets and less likely to seek secondary, value-add and alternative opportunities,” added Mr. Ludeman.

North America is the most popular destination for investment (48 percent), ahead of Western Europe (28 percent). This is consistent with the relative sizes of the investable property markets in these locations. The results are similar to 2015, apart from an increase in interest in Central and Eastern European markets due to the pace of economic recovery in that region and relatively attractive pricing.

Investors continue to express a strong preference for gateway core cities. In EMEA, London topped the list of target cities, although is less popular than in previous years. If the major German cities are grouped together, they are slightly ahead of London. In the Americas, Los Angeles, New York and Dallas-Ft. Worth are the top three targets of preference. In Asia Pacific (APAC), Sydney and Tokyo are the most popular destinations—exchanging places since 2015. Notably, there are now two Australian cities among the top five: Sydney and Brisbane.

Interest in cross-border investment remains strong, with two out of five respondents stating that they are seeking opportunities outside their home region. This is especially true of APAC-based investors, particularly South Korean and Singaporean, who are more likely to invest outside their home region than their colleagues in the Americas and EMEA.

One of the most notable features of this year’s survey is a jump in demand for core assets and a decline in interest in good secondary and value-add properties. Twenty-one percent of survey respondents said their risk appetite for secondary assets is higher in 2016 compared to last year, down significantly from 37 percent. If this plays out, it is likely that the spread between prime and secondary yields will begin to widen, following several years of compression.

In terms of asset classes, office (30 percent) remains the most popular property type globally, though interest is down slightly compared to last year. There is a notable uptick in interest for retail (21 percent) and multifamily assets (20 percent) from 2015.

To request a copy of CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2016 or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Aaron Richardson (212.984.7126 or aaron.richardson@cbre.com) or Ayana Miller (212.984.6506 or ayana.miller@cbre.com).

Survey methodology and composition of respondents
The “Global Investor Intentions Survey” was conducted among CBRE clients between January 11th and February 3rd, 2016. More than 1250 responses were received representing investors from across the globe. The responses came from a broad spectrum of investor types, with institutional investors, namely pension funds, insurance companies, fund or asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and banks, forming 50% of the sample. There is a small regional variation in the samples.

In EMEA, the number of fund and asset managers is higher than in Asia Pacific and the Americas, and private property companies are a lower proportion. Other than that, the regional samples are similar.

There was not a great deal of difference in response by type of investor organization, but where we do, that is pointed out in our commentary. The global results that we report are based on a weighted average of the regional results. The weights are based on the long-run share of global capital flows from each region as a percentage of the total: the Americas, at 50%, Asia Pacific, at 14%, and EMEA, at 36%. As mentioned above, the regional differences we highlight are relative to the weighted global average.

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CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015: Global real estate investors remain confident with more than half planning to increase their acquisitions in 2015

London is Number One Global Target; Secondary Markets Gain in Popularity

Los Angeles, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Global real estate investors remain confident and their intentions are expansionary, with more than half planning to increase their acquisitions in 2015, according to CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015.

Globally, 53 percent of investors plan to increase their purchases this year. Investor appetite for cross-regional acquisitions has increased significantly with 38 percent of respondents intending to invest outside their own region this year–up from 28 percent in 2014. Among these investors, 31 percent identified Western Europe as the top destination.

London retained its position as the top city for investment, while other gateway cities such as Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Paris remained in the top ten. Second-tier cities saw an increase in investor interest in 2015, with Madrid, Dallas and Seattle all making the top ten. This reflects investors’ search for more attractive yields, as well as greater knowledge and comfort with a larger number of global cities. There is also a marked increase in appetite among investors from EMEA and North America for value-add and opportunistic investments. In contrast, Asia Pacific saw a significant jump in investors preferring prime core assets at 43 percent in 2015, compared to 29 percent last year.

Office and industrial remain the preferred asset classes, selected by 33 percent and 29 percent of investors respectively. Investor interest in industrial and logistics assets is being driven by the structural change in the retail sector and the growth of e-commerce; however, there is a limited supply of assets in this sector available for sale, meaning that investors will continue to face challenges when sourcing deals.

Half of respondents identified asset pricing as the top obstacle to acquiring real estate assets. The tight availability of assets (21 percent) and competition from other investors (19 percent) were also identified as obstacles in all regions.

“The appetite for global real estate investment is increasing as more investors intend to deploy capital outside of their own region this year. Competition for assets is intensifying and many investors plan to move out the risk curve in search of higher yields–a trend that will result in a stronger focus on value-add and opportunistic investments. We believe that a low interest rate environment, economic expansion in an increasing number of markets, and corresponding improvement in real estate fundamentals will attract capital to commercial real estate,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, CBRE Capital Markets.

To request a copy of CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015 or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Aaron Richardson (212.984.7126 or aaron.richardson@cbre.com) or Ayana Miller (212.984.6506 orayana.miller@cbre.com).

About the survey
The 2015 CBRE Global Investor Intentions Survey was conducted using an online questionnaire in January 2015.  Responses were obtained from more than 700 real estate investors in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific from a broad range of investor types including asset managers; property companies; institutional investors; REITs; private investors and banks. 317 responses were obtained in Asia Pacific; 290 in EMEA; and 85 in the Americas. The global survey results were formulated by weighting the survey responses according to global capital flows in all three regions.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

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