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Spain in top 5 of large countries for investing in real estate

Posted by Ken Klaver on February 15, 2022
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Despite the effects that the corona pandemic has had on the Spanish property market, it is doing very well in 2021. According to a recently published ranking, Spain is the fifth market with the most investments in tertiary real estate.

Spanish real estate investments

The list was compiled by Catella and Urban Land Institute and covers the first half of 2021. In total, Spanish real estate brought in EUR 5.2 billion, surpassed only by the major markets of the Old Continent, such as France, Great Britain and Germany. In Catella’s research, Spain ranks fifth, if the investments of all Scandinavian countries are added together.

“Spain is an attractive market for several reasons: a large population, with major cities and the main growth engines. The return/risk ratio is higher than in other countries and, after the pandemic, the Spanish real estate sector is recovering strongly, especially in logistics, data centres, offices and residential areas,” explained Thomas Beyerle, Head of Research at Catella Group, at the Real Estate Capital Flows EMEA meeting at ULI Madrid NEXT, which was exclusively open to

Apart from the fact that Spain ws the main player due to its position among the major markets, the UK’s return to first place in real estate investment in Europe is the big novelty.

“For the last three years, Germany was number one, but investors believe that the uncertainty of the Brexit has been overcome and have brought the UK back into that position,” underlines the Head of Research at Catella.

The national investor, clear protagonist

The travel restrictions have had a clear impact on the profile of the property investor in Europe. For example, the domestic buyer, who represented less than 40% of total property investment before the coronavirus, now stands at almost 50% of the total.

“Many of the investments now being made in European countries are led by home buyers, but cross-border activity is returning to March 2020 levels,” says Thomas Beyerle.

2022 a record year for cross-border investment

“Forecasts suggest that 2022 will be a record year for cross-border investment in the real estate sector in Europe,” say those at the consultancy. In the case of Spain, the German investor is the clear protagonist. A total of €1.26 billion was invested by German funds in Spanish brick in the first six months of 2021, followed by American and French investors.

If there are two key players after the pandemic, in Spain but also across Europe, they are rental properties and logistics properties. “The challenges caused by the pandemic in the retail and logistics sectors have increased the risk of the former compared to residential rental, which has not been affected,” said a Catella spokesperson.

The consultancy believes there is still a “very buoyant market”, despite figures from the last few semesters reflecting a decline in office investment.

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