Investors - MARCH 16, 2016

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EMEA-based investors to be very active in 2016

by Andrea Waitrovich

Almost half (48 percent) of surveyed investors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa expect their purchasing activity to be higher in 2016 than 2015, compared with just 15 percent who expect to be less active buyers, according to CBRE’s EMEA Investor Intentions Survey. Approximately 43 percent of surveyed EMEA-based investors also expect their selling activity to increase, indicating a buoyant and liquid real estate investment market for the region in 2016.

One notable change, according to the survey, has been a decline in investors’ appetite for risk due to economic concerns. The proportion of investors who see prime or core assets as the most attractive part of the market has jumped from 29 percent last year to 41 percent in 2016. When asked, “What poses the greatest threat to property markets in 2016?” global economic weakness was seen as the greatest threat (31 percent), with domestic economic problems (14 percent) a distant second.

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