Institutional investors to increase commercial real estate allocation but Brexit is biggest challenge

Two in five (40%) institutional investors plan to increase their investment allocation to European commercial real estate over the next 12 months despite Brexit uncertainty being the number one challenge. This is according to a new study with property-focussed institutional investors by BrickVest, the real estate investment platform.

The study highlighted that three in five (60%) institutional investors believe Brexit uncertainty will be the biggest challenge facing European investors in commercial real estate over the next 12 months. Nearly half (46%) thought political uncertainty would be the biggest challenge while nearly two in five (37%) suggested it would be low economic growth. 31% highlighted rising interest rates and 25% felt it would be rising inflation. A fifth (22%) cited increased regulation as the biggest challenge for investors over the next 12 months.

Despite these challenges, BrickVest’s research did highlight that Brexit could also present some European commercial real estate investment opportunities. Two fifths (39%) of institutional investors felt that Brexit would increase the number of investment opportunities in European commercial property. Just 22% felt the number of investment opportunities would decrease.

Emmanuel Lumineau, CEO at BrickVest, commented: “Commercial real estate has seen increased inflows from institutional investors for a number of years now as the asset class has become more and more mainstream. Clearly Brexit has created some uncertainties and will certainly present challenges for institutional real estate investors, however our research shows that European investors believe investment opportunities could increase. Since the vote in June last year, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of investors joining the platform. We are experiencing strong levels of demand from investors for property as an asset class and it is clear that many of our users want to take advantage of the vote.”

What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing European investors in commercial real estate over the next 12 months?
Brexit uncertainty 60%
Political uncertainty 46%
Low global economic growth 37%
Rising interest rates 31%
Rising inflation 25%
Increased regulation 22%
Property bubble 15%
Lack of supply 12%
Lack of demand from the Asia 9%
Lack of demand from the Middle East 3%

Source: BrickVest (August 2017)