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Property investment volumes rising in the Americas | 11 April 2014

The number of commercial property transactions completed in the Americas rose by 61 per cent during the first three months of 2014, a new report shows.

The data, which was published this week by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), shows that investment values across the continent reached $61 billion for the first quarter, with the US playing a big part in the surge.
Both domestic and foreign investors have driven the recent growth in the US, with competition between the two markets heating up.

JLL’s quarterly figures are also promising in Europe, where the report shows year-on-year growth of 14 per cent, propertyeu.info reports. Overall, the value rose to $46 billion, with recovering markets such as Spain, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands all contributing.

While the increases in France and the UK were only slight, activity in Germany – the largest economy in Europe – rose by 50 per cent when compared to the same period last year. JLL’s analysts put the growth down to a re-emergence of large portfolio deals, with international and domestic investors both showing interest.

David Green-Morgan, research director at JLL, said: “We are starting to see rental growth in many more markets than 12 months ago, and this is creating increased investor interest in more locations.

“While global monetary policy remains favourable towards real estate investment, we expect 2014 to be another year of transactional growth.”

According to relocatemagazine.com, global transaction values reached $650 billion for the quarter, marking a rise of 23 per cent from 2013.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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