This report provides insight on the key trends that our experts think will affect the European property industry over the coming year.

Some of the key points are:

  • Weak global trading conditions continue to weigh on European growth, primarily reflecting a struggling manufacturing sector, but with far greater resilience in services
  • The accommodative policies of central banks are reinforcing our expectation of lower interest rates for longer
  • Growing rigour in the formulation and execution of occupiers’ and investors’ sustainability policies
  • Occupier choice in the office sector starting to expand as the market begins to turn
  • The growth of ecommerce, combined with economic fundamentals, will be the major driver of performance for the retail and logistics sectors
  • Positive prospects for growth and continued investment in the rapidly evolving multifamily sector in 2020, although regulation remains a key concern for investors
  • Institutional investors to make more freehold and variable-income hotel acquisitions in 2020
  • Investors now firmly committed to operational real estate, especially established sectors such as healthcare and student housing
  • Further capacity expansion will continue to attract investment capital in data centres
  • Growing rigour in the formulation and execution of occupiers’ and investors’ sustainability policies