Testa & International Funds Have Driven RE Inv’t In 2015

3 December 2015 – Expansión

According to the consultancy firm CBRE, investment in offices, commercial assets, hotels and logistics warehouses will amount to €13,000 million by the end of this year.

Real estate investment will close 2015 at record breaking levels. The arrival of international funds and the launch of the Socimis have driven the purchase of assets to levels exceeding even those seen at the height of the boom in 2007, and are expected to close the year with a total volume of €13,000 million. “2015 has not only seen a strengthening of the recovery that started in 2014, it has also seen growth of 25%, resulting in record levels (of investment)”, explains Mikel Marco-Gardoqui, Head of Investment at the real estate consultancy firm CBRE.

By type of asset, offices continue to be the preferred asset, but all of the sectors have experienced growth in 2015, according to the experts at CBRE. “All of the sectors, including offices and shopping centres, as well as hotels, have grown significantly this year and are now at record levels”, says Lola Martínez, Director of Market Analysis at CBRE.

By type of investor, 70% of the investment volumes have come from overseas investors, including those who have entered Spain by acquiring shares in Socimis.

Some the operations that have most boosted volumes include: the purchase of Testa by the Socimi Merlin Properties for €1,800 million, the acquisition of Torre Espacio by the Philippine businessman Andrew Tan for €558 million and the purchase of Gran Vía 32 by Amancio Ortega for €400 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake