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Commercial property investment 'highest in regions since 2011' says LSH

wantspacegotspace.co.uk - Commercial property investment 'highest in regions since 2011' says LSHRegional investment across the UK is at its highest level since Q1 2011, according to LSH latest research - UK Investment Transactions Q3 2013.
At £3.71billion, regional investment in commercial property right across the UK is at a two and a half year high and 14% up on Q2 2013, when investment was at £3.24bn.
The South East saw the highest level of investment outside of London in Q3 2013 at £1.6bn, followed by the West Midlands at £799m and the North West at £545m.
Significant deals in the West Midlands included; Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield, Mell Square in Solihull, and 1 Brindleyplace Birmingham.
UKIT reports that total regional investment so far in 2013 is already higher than the whole of 2012. Despite higher regional investment levels, London remains the biggest market for commercial property investment, taking £7bn of the £11.6bn national total this quarter.
At £11.6bn, national investment levels are at a six year high – 50% above the post-2010 market average and 40% up on the Q2 total of £8.24bn.
UK investors are still the biggest investors in the regions ahead of overseas investors at a 65:35 split. Overseas investors continue to concentrate their attention on Central London, accounting for 75% of the market in Q3.
However, LSH predicts that UK buyers will make up a greater portion of the total market activity as conditions in the regions continue to improve.
Adam Ramshaw, director in capital markets and head of LSH’s Birmingham office, said: “As we forecast at the beginning of the year, there has been a change in investor attitude towards the regional markets. Over the last two quarters there has been an increase in regional investment and investment has already outstripped the 2012 total.
“Increasing confidence should feed through to the markets as companies look to move or upgrade premises and consumers have more disposable income to spend at high streets, retail parks and shopping centres.
“Improvements in the economy should also encourage investors to take on more risk as they see a greater upside in terms of rental growth and the ability to enhance returns through refurbishment, redevelopment and speculative development. As a result, we remain optimistic over the prospects in the regions for the next 12 months and expect to see even more improvement and a further rise in investment levels.”

Posted by The Editor (wantspacegotspace) on 11th November 2013

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