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Cash-rich buyers boost global commercial investment market | 12 July 2012

The global direct commercial property market is picking up, according to new data, propertywire.com reports.

Latest information from Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets Research based on records from 60 countries has revealed that the global market has grown by 10 per cent from April to June when compared with Q1 2012. This is due largely to the continuing preference for other assets over equities, the report says. Accordingly, ‘investor sentiment’ is more optimistic.

A feature identified in the report was the influence of the cash-rich buyer in prime locations. They dominate market purchasing activity due to the number of banks no longer operating in commercial lending, thus their importance is huge. Researchers believe that this group – who have little need for financing – will continue to make a significant mark on the investment market.

Overall year on year global commercial real estate volumes have grown across the world, totalling $435 billion at the end of 2011; a huge increase on $320 billion in 2010 and $209 billion invested in 2009. Split down, the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific all individually experienced higher commercial real estate volumes. Jones Lang LaSalle expects global volumes for 2012 to remain consistent with the current figure, reaching the $400 billion mark.

Jones Land LaSalle’s David Green-Morgan told worldpropertychannel.com: “While volumes have improved in the second quarter and the pace of activity is broadly in-line with that of 2011, the investment market globally continues to evolve with new equity rich entrants attracted by the immediate income return as well as the longer term capital growth.”

Written by Elizabeth Smythe on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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