CBRE: Logistics Investment in Valencia Soared by 90% in 2018 to €80M

10 April 2019 – Las Provincias

According to the real estate consultancy CBRE, logistics investment in the province of Valencia rose by 90% YoY in 2018 to €80 million. Nevertheless, it warned that speculative projects have also increased, namely those that are built without a prior contract or guarantee in place for their subsequent sale or rental. Having said that, the market has been readily absorbing the new properties, so far at least, given the rise in demand for logistics warehouses.

According to Javier Muñoz (pictured above, left), Head of Industrial and Logistics at CBRE in Valencia, more high-quality products need to be constructed, given that only 27% of the warehouses in the province currently comply with logistics requirements.

In terms of the type of operations completed last year, the largest deals involved turnkey projects, whilst the number of speculative projects increased. In total 22 transactions of both types were completed in 2018 compared with 10 turnkey projects in 2017. The total stock increased by 24% as a result to reach 2,832,850 m2, and the availability rate at the end of Q1 2019 was 5.9%.

Rental prices continued to rise, with prime rents reaching €4.50/m2/month, in line with those observed in other European cities such as Rome, Amsterdam and Milan. Yields on logistics assets in Valencia currently amount to 6.7% thanks to the strong performance of the sector and interest from large international and smaller local players alike.

Original story: Las Provincias (by Elísabeth Rodríguez)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Barcelona’s Prime Office Rents Now Exceed Their 2007 Levels

20 March 2018 – Eje Prime

The rental prices of prime offices in Barcelona are returning to their pre-crisis levels. Specifically, to their 2007 figures. That is the conclusion drawn by Cat Real Estate, the real estate consultancy firm, which confirms that in the most expensive areas of the office market in the Catalan capital, demand has risen again and assets have gotten more expensive.

Specifically, the Catalan company recently closed an operation involving the sale of a 450 m2 office on Paseo de Gracia for €6,500/m2. That transaction shows that in Barcelona, “we have returned to 2007 prices in terms of the value of office purchases in the main commercial areas”, says Nacho Castella, CEO of the consultancy firm.

The buyer of that asset on Paseo de Gracia was an international fund. In this regard, Cat Real Estate explains that “the improvement in consumption has reactivated interest in domestic operations above all from international players keen to take positions on the high street once again”

“Barcelona continues to be an important location for overseas investors”, says Castella. Cat Real Estate forecasts that the real estate market will continue to rise in 2018. During the first quarter of the year, the consultancy has already brokered forty operations involving a volume of real estate assets under management of €480 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake