In H1 2014 the investment volume on the commercial property market in Poland reached EUR 1.39 billion, which represents a growth of almost 10% in comparison with the corresponding period of 2013.
The office sector dominated the investment market in Poland in the first half of 2014 accounting for more than 50% of the total value of all transactions. Next was the retail sector, with a 26% market share, and the industrial sector, with 22%.
Prime office buildings located in Warsaw city centre and the best positioned retail schemes in the major Polish agglomerations, are still the most sought after asset class. However the interest of investors is shifting towards smaller projects in regional cities; this shows that overall sentiment is improving and investors are seeking opportunities for higher returns.
Property buyers are also more interested in acquiring prime industrial properties due to positive perspectives for this sector (strong occupiers demand and falling vacancy rates).
As a result prime yields for industrial assets dropped from 7.75% in 2013 to 7.5% at the end of H1 2014.
Prime yields for office and retail schemes remained stable and stood at 6% and 5.75% respectively.
Source : DTZ (Groupe UGL)