Real Estate

With a pandemic bringing the global economy to a standstill, it would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a tough year. Marked by nationwide lockdowns, the second quarter of the year triggered rising unemployment levels and a global recession. Nevertheless, according to industry experts, real estate is still seen as an asset class that can generate acceptable returns during this period of huge uncertainty. This is not true for all types of commercial real estate though. While industrial and logistics properties enjoy sound investment and development prospects, retail and hotel have been stagnating.

Meanwhile, governments and central banks worldwide have responded with tax reliefs and record-low residential mortgage rates. Naturally, the increase in demand for housing has led to an upward trend in house prices, but also concerns about housing affordability.

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  • Number of existing homes sold in the United States from 2005 to 2022 (in million units)

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  • Average price of residential property (120 square meter apartments located in the most important cities) in Europe as of September 2020, per country (in euros per square meter)

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  • Average interest rates for mortgages in the United Kingdom (UK) from March 2014 to April 2021, by type of mortgage

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  • Retail vacancy rates in the United States from 2nd quarter 2019 to 2nd quarter 2020

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  • Volume of commercial real estate transactions completed in the United States from 2007 to 2020 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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  • Prime yield of office real estate in the London City area (United Kingdom) in 2019, by district

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  • Vacancy rate in large office metropolitan areas in the United States in 1st quarter 2021

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  • Annual taking rent per square foot of big-box distribution space in North America from 2009 to 2020 (in U.S. dollars)

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  • European commercial property investments in selected European countries in the 1st quarter 2019 (in billion euros)

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  • Leading real estate investment managers in Europe as of 2019, by assets under management (AUM) (in billion euros)

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Industry Definition

Real estate is private property in the form of buildings and land that can be used for residential or commercial purposes. Residential real estate includes single-family and attached houses, as well as apartments and condominiums. Commercial real estate refers to offices, industrial and logistic facilities, retail, and hospitality properties.
In this section, Statista provides the most relevant and up-to-date data on the financing, selling, and renting of real estate. Among the key market indicators are mortgage advances, house prices, rents, vacancies, take-up, investment volumes, market leaders, and digital innovation.

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