Despite the drop (-15% yoy) in total investment volumes, 2016 was another year of strong activity; the third highest on record since 2006 at €207bn. Decreases in the largest markets (UK and Germany) were mainly responsible for the overall decrease.
Overall, offices maintained their top position as the preferred asset. There was a notable rise of investment in industrial properties, which increased their share from 8.7% in 2015 to 10.8% last year. Alternative investments also strengthened their position in many markets as investors shifted their attention to higher yielding, long-term income producing assets.
Source : Savills