According to CBRE, price movements in the U.S., coupled with improving prospects overseas, have led U.S.-based investors to increase their commercial real estate acquisitions in Europe by 75% year-over-year.
Based on recent estimates from Cushman & Wakefield's Corporate Finance team, European banks and asset management agencies have a gross exposure of $770 billion (€584 billion) to non-core real estate which is subject to disposal or work-out strategies.
Retail real estate investment in Europe enjoyed a strong quarter as the Q2 volume reached €9.6bn, up 86% from the Q2 2013 volume of €5.2bn.
'Alternative' non-bank financial institutions continue to take up a more significant share of an increasingly diversified mix of active lenders in Europe.
According to Cushman & Wakefield's Corporate Finance team, European banks and asset management agencies have a gross exposure of €584 billion to non-core real estate which is subject to disposal or work-out strategies.
According to CBRE, the first half year results pushed commercial real estate investment volumes in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) (excluding Russia) to €2.5bn, an increase of 15% on the same period for 2013.
£3.38 billion worth of central London commercial property transactions took place in Q2 2014; this takes total H1 London investment to £7.6 billion.
Paris is the world's hottest global retail market attracting 50 new brands last year, while France is ranked as the leading country for new entrants.
European real estate loan sales have started off 2014 at a frenetic pace.
Cushman & Wakefield reports this week that UK shopping center investment turnover for the first quarter of 2014 has remained positive.
Istanbul's office market hit a record high for office market transactions in 2013, dominated by large owner-occupier deals.
Industrial investment volumes in EMEA totaled €5.6 billion during the fourth quarter, climbing 33 percent.
Britain's second city is seeking to capitalize on its location at the heart of the country.
While investors in Sunbelt real estate have watched their property values slip and slide over the past year, those who discovered the tiny island of St. Lucia have smiles on their faces.
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