European Investors set to Return to Market in 2011

Confidence among investors in Europe is returning, with the New Year likely to bring with it a rise in activity. Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has forecast that transaction levels will rise by 30 per cent to reach EUR 130 billion....

Confidence among investors in Europe is returning, with the New Year likely to bring with it a rise in activity. Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has forecast that transaction levels will rise by 30 per cent to reach EUR 130 billion.

This, the consultant adds, will be helped by the speeding up of the completing of deals - reflecting the willingness on the part of buyers and sellers to negotiate. The large, liquid and transparent markets in the UK, France and Germany will attract the majority of funds, with their focus being on London and Paris, JLL said.

Despite this, the report suggests that investors will broaden their search for property and many will look to the Nordic markets, central and eastern Europe and Moscow.

However, transaction volumes could be held back by a lack of lending and continued low levels of trading in secondary assets which, in most markets, are still considered too risky at current pricing levels.

- Friday 17 December 2010

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