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Real estate investments in Europe - statistics & facts

Europe is one of the most attractive regions worldwide for investments in real estate. In 2021, the commercial real estate sector was estimated at approximately nine trillion U.S. dollars, while the market cap of listed real estate companies was over 615 billion U.S. dollars. Almost two years after COVID-19 hit the continent, industry experts were still targeting a return level between five and ten percent for their property investments in 2022. In an investment climate affected by artificially low interest rates and tricky geopolitical events that can affect stock markets drastically, some think investing in European housing, office or warehouses is a good alternative.

Where are the most popular property investments in Europe?

In 2022, London, Berlin, Paris, and Frankfurt were ranked as the European cities with the highest prospects on the real estate market with regards to the existing investments in their real estate market performance and quality. For most investors, the forecasted returns and the availability of assets or new development opportunities were the most important factors when selecting a European city for property investment or development. The United Kingdom, Germany and France were also the countries were commercial property investments were the highest in 2021. On a city level, Germany’s big four (Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt), Central London, and Central Paris attracted the most investment.

Which property investments are most common in Europe?

Property investments in Europe traditionally focused on the office real estate market and the housing market. Some of Europe’s most expensive rental cities were Paris, London, and Amsterdam, with average monthly rent for a furnished one-bedroom apartment at over 1,500 euros. London and Paris were also among the cities with the highest rental prices for prime office properties in the continent in 2021. While multi-family and office are undoubtedly incredibly most common among investors, alternative asset classes, such as data centers, senior housing, student housing have increasingly been gaining popularity. In 2021, data centers were considered to be Europe’s most important property investment prospect.

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