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- June 1, 2015: Vol. 9, Number 6

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Easy does it: Serviced offices are fast becoming a new focus for institutional investors

by Giles Fuchs

The commercial real estate market is in the midst of a global resurgence. In the United Kingdom, the sector was one of the top-performing asset classes last year and across Europe transactions rose 13 percent in 2014 to €213 billion — the highest annual total since 2007. As a result, we have seen valuations tighten and institutional investors are now in search of fresh ideas to rejig their portfolios and maximise their return on investment. One opportunity that is fast emerging as an attractive proposition is the serviced office market.

The global capital for serviced offices is London, with many of the world’s foremost centres of commerce, including Paris and New York City, also among the leaders in this market. Emerging economies are also fast catching up and the number of serviced office centres is expected to exceed 1,500 in emerging markets worldwide in the next few years, doubling in number over half a decade.

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