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Global Real Estate Markets Robust Despite Uncertainty

Global real estate market activity exceeded expectations in 2018, with investment and corporate occupier demand surpassing 2017’s totals and ending the year at their highest levels since 2007.  However, there were signs in the final quarter that demand is softening; investment and leasing volumes were lower year-on-year and this trend is likely to continue into 2019.

Robust occupier demand in office leasing markets has helped keep supply in check across the globe, although a steady increase in new deliveries is anticipated to lead to rising vacancy rates during 2019.  Record demand is also being felt in the logistics sector despite trade and tariff concerns, holding vacancy rates near historic lows. 

With a significant weight of capital targeting real estate and robust occupier fundamentals, investment activity is expected to remain strong but slow marginally from its current high as investors look to hold their real estate exposure and become more selective in the search for assets with strong income growth.

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