• Solid economic performance and robust occupier market fundamentals providing a supportive landscape for real estate investments in Europe

  • 33% of respondents expect to spend more on real estate in 2018 compared to 2017

  • Investors perceive asset pricing as the key obstacle to deploying capital in 2018, followed by a lack of product

  • A faster-than-expected rise in interest rates is the main threat to property markets. In the EMEA survey results there is clearly less emphasis on political events compared to last year’s survey results

  • Investors expressed a larger appetite for risk, although they remain largely focused on core and core-plus strategies

  • Industrial is the preferred sector for 33% of the respondents, surpassing Office for the first time in the history of the Investor Intentions Survey

  • The rise in Industrial was at the expense of Retail

  • Residential recorded the steepest increase in popularity, and was indicated as the preferred asset class by 21% of the respondents

  • Driven by limited availability of product and competitive pricing, investors are seeking alternative ways of getting exposure to real estate, as evidenced by recent platform transactions and by venturing into niche markets and new asset classes

  • Income-related factors such as stability of income stream and yield relative to other asset classes are investors’ main motivations for investing in real estate