The entry of Asian investors into the market has been mooted for a long time. However, only this year have Asians actually become direct purchasers on a grand scale. They have invested directly more than €2.9bn during the year to date and have been the most active foreign purchasers, accounting for almost 9% of the transaction volume. Over the last five years, they have accounted for an average of just 4% (Graph 8).
July was a record month for Berlin’s commercial investment market. With investment totalling €1.25bn (Table 2), July was the strongest month since the sale of Potsdamer Platz in October 2015.
While the transaction volume for offices and logistics property has risen significantly, investment in retail property has stagnated (Graph 2). One likely cause for this is the “threat” of online retail.
Source : Savills