20 October 2017 – Expansión
The interest from investors in the Spanish real estate sector is far from slowing down; in fact, it has intensified in recent months. Specifically, during the 9 months to September, the total volume transacted on direct purchases, in other words, excluding corporate operations, amounted to €10,300 million, up by 74% compared to the same period last year, whereby exceeding the figure recorded during the whole of 2016, according to a report compiled by Cushman & Wakefield.
The report also forecasts that “the appropriate environment for investment that Spain offers” will allow the volume of investment in direct purchases to reach €12,000 million by the end of the year.
By area, one of the best performing segments so far this year has been the retail sector (retail premises, stores, shopping centres, retail parks and outlets). Between January and September, €3,100 million was invested in the segment, which represents 30% of the total investment in the real estate sector. The consultancy firm calculates that the investment volumes for the whole year could reach record levels, last seen in 2015, when purchases amounting to €4,150 million were made.
Offices were the second most sold asset by volume, with a 24% share of investment. Investment in offices during the first nine months of the year reached €2,500 million, of which almost €1,500 million corresponded to Madrid and €816 million to Barcelona.
Tourism is still one of the main attractions for investors. Hotel investment rose by 67% during the 9 months to September, to €2,000 million, thanks to the push from the Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Palma de Mallorca, Canary Islands and Madrid.
Another niche segment with a strong outlook is the logistics sector. Cushman & Wakefield forecasts that investment in that area will amount to €1,000 million in 2017. The consultancy firm explains that the good figures in terms of leasing and the scarcity of high-quality assets are boosting the development of land up to 500,000 m2, in both Barcelona and Madrid.
In addition to the traditional segments, investors are paying attention to alternative assets, such as student residences, parking lots and petrol stations, which generate better returns.
In terms of the forecast evolution, the consultancy firm explains that the major activity recorded in recent years will result in a lower level of supply and will incentivise new acquisition formulae with indirect purchases through corporate operations and joint ventures. Moreover, the new cycle of property development will encourage investors to participate in the initial phases of developments, whereby redistributing the burden of property developer risk and facilitating investment.
Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)
Translation: Carmel Drake