European commercial property investment value Q1 2019, by country

Investment companies usually decide to specialize in one of the following markets: residential or commercial property. While residential real estate investments can sometimes be seen as less risky, commercial investments suggest higher cash flow potential and often provide better returns on investment, which also makes them an attractive form of investment.

Value of commercial investment

In the first quarter of 2019, the value of commercial investment in the United Kingdom (UK) totalled 9.5 billion euros, a twenty two percent decrease during the same period the previous year. There are many risks when investing in commercial properties: higher sensitivity to economic conditions, influencing businesses, vulnerability to changes in supply and changes in local infrastructure, as well as the longer time it takes to find a tenant once the property becomes vacant.

Commercial investment in Europe

In 2019, industrial real estate was the submarket with the best twelve month capital value performance in Europe. Germany and France were the countries with best twelve month capital value performance at 6.2 percent, whereas in the UK, it was -3.1 percent. While the UK undeniably leads the ranking in terms of investments, it was France and Germany’s that topped the ranking for European cities with highest prospects according to investors and developers.

European commercial property investments in selected European countries in the 1st quarter 2019

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

1st quarter 2019

Supplementary notes

Investment volumes comprise of: office, retail, industrial, and hotel.

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