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Europe Watch - January 2018

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It’s that time again to make your New Year’s resolution… Exercise more, learn a new skill, or use social media less?  Sure, but according to a recent survey in the UK, among other popular choices this year are improving one’s finances and finding a new place to live. This month we combine these two intentions and look to the European residential landscape to better understand the choices investors have for accessing the sector as well as assess the scope for performance vis-à-vis commercial property. Demographics are in fact rather supportive in many of Europe’s economically vibrant cities, which is translating into a sector that is becoming more widely embraced. But the landscape is fragmented, and recent performance in markets like Berlin and London has begun to diverge. However, as we move into the latter stages of the property cycle and the likelihood for trend-like performance from traditional property begins to fade, the return profile from the European residential sector looks attractive. As such, property investors should be more adept at sticking with their investment strategies than many already have been with their New Year’s resolutions!

Source : CBRE Global Investors

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