UK commercial property soars to top of investment barometer – survey suggests

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A new study claims that the UK remains the most attractive global market to invest in commercial property.

According to the BrickVest commercial property investment barometer, nearly one third (31 per cent) of investors selected the UK as their preferred location.

This compares with 24 per cent of investors who opted for Germany, 22 per cent whose first choice was the US, and 15 per cent who favoured France.

Despite Brexit negotiations and the recent general election, the appetite to invest remains as healthy as ever.

The figures show that average risk appetite for commercial real estate increased to 49 per cent, compared to 47 per cent last year. For UK investors, this increased from 49 per cent to 51 per cent.

The research further revealed that – despite Brexit – French, German, and US investors are more favourable towards the UK since June last year.

Around 24 per cent of French investors, 19 per cent of German investors, and 23 per cent of US investors suggest the UK as their preferred region for investment.

This is compared to 22 per cent, 18 per cent, and 20 per cent respectively.

Emmanuel Lumineau, Chief Executive of BrickVest, said: “Despite a series of significant events over the past 12 months including Brexit, our latest Barometer shows the UK remains the preferred location to invest in from our global investor base.

“Since the vote in June last year, we’ve seen a 72 per cent increase in the number of investors joining the platform and are seeing plenty of appetite from investors for property as an asset class.”

Maisie Yau, an Associate Solicitor and commercial property expert said: “This latest study suggests that, contrary to a number of recent gloomy headlines, commercial property in the UK continues to provide good investment opportunities which is certainly positive news for the sector.

“Regardless of whether you are buying a commercial property as part of an investment portfolio for the first time, you are considering new premises for your flourishing business or you are preparing to make a first time commercial purchase, preparation is the key to a smoother transaction, which will result in fewer nasty surprises and last-minute hitches.”

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