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Apartment Deal Activity Increases Amid Europe’s Q1 Drop

By on April 28th, 2021

European commercial property sales sales slowed again at the start of 2021, the fourth consecutive quarter that Covid challenges have restrained the region’s largest markets, the latest edition of Europe Capital Trends shows. However, the picture for the sectors was not uniform as investors continued to plow capital into the apartment sector, which surpassed offices in quarterly deal volume.

Investment volume across all property types dropped 32% in the first quarter compared to a year ago. The apartment sector bucked the trend, with activity increasing 36% year-over-year. The industrial sector slipped just 7% while acquisitions of office and retail properties tumbled by more than 50%.

Office transaction volume comprised just 27% of the quarterly deal total, the lowest proportion on record. Together, apartment and industrial investment took their largest share of acquisition volume, Real Capital Analytics data shows.

Germany was the number one market for apartments, followed by the U.K., France and Denmark. Spending on the multihousing sector helped lift Denmark to become the fourth most active commercial property market in Europe during the first quarter, with total investment doubling from a year prior.

Europe Q1'21 CRE deal volume and YOY change across sectors

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Tom Leahy

Tom Leahy

Senior Director, EMEA Analytics
tleahy@rcanalytics.com

Tom Leahy joined RCA in 2014. In his role as Senior Director for the EMEA region, Tom is responsible for the development and expansion of the market analytics service for RCA’s European clients.

Prior to joining RCA, Tom was an Associate Director and then Head of Research at UK-based property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton. He started his career as an analyst at research consultancy Property Market Analysis (PMA).