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New research from real estate platform BrickVest finds that following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, nearly two in five (38 per cent) institutional real estate investors cited London as the top European city to invest in commercial real estate, ahead of Berlin (36 per cent), Munich (31 per cent) and Paris (22 per cent). 

One in five (21 per cent) cited both Dublin and Hamburg and a further 16 per cent selected Frankfurt, highlighting a clear positive trend towards German commercial real estate. Indeed 40 per cent of the top 10 European cities were German.
 
BrickVest’s research showed that three in 10 (30 per cent) institutional investors believe Brexit will either increase or significantly increase European commercial real estate investment opportunities. A further one in four (23 per cent) institutional investors believe that Brexit will have no impact on commercial real estate investment opportunities.
 
The research did however highlight some concern regarding the illiquidity of commercial real estate investing. Three fifths (61 per cent) of respondents do not believe that, in light of GBP1.4 billion being pulled from UK property funds post Brexit, real estate investors have enough access to a secondary property investment market.
 
Emmanuel Lumineau, CEO at BrickVest, says: “Our research has identified London as the number one European city to invest in commercial real estate as investors seek to capitalise on potential price discounts and market uncertainty. However Germany dominates across the leaderboard and we have seen plenty of appetite from investors looking to capitalise on income producing portfolios across Europe and take advantage of the Brexit vote.
 
“BrickVest sets itself apart by providing UK and European investors with a unique liquidity platform to a traditionally illiquid asset class. To create liquidity in the market you need to have a lot of buyers and sellers who trust that the market is far, regulated and prices are transparent. On that basis people can trade.
 
“Like any trading market out there, you need a critical mass but you also need standardisation, automisation and trust, as well as institutional quality to make it happen which we believe is lacking in our real estate industry.”

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