European Commercial Investment by U.S. Institutions Increases 75 Percent in 2014










It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau


Commercial News » Europe Edition | By Michael Gerrity | August 28, 2014 11:22 AM ET

According to CBRE, price movements in the U.S., coupled with improving prospects overseas, have led U.S.-based investors to increase their commercial real estate acquisitions in Europe by 75% year-over-year.
Top Target US Investor Markets Include:

  • U.K.
  • Germany
  • France


Notwithstanding expanding investment volumes in domestic markets, U.S. investors significantly increased their activity in Europe in H1 2014 with $15.5 billion (€11 billion) of acquisitions, compared to more than $8 billion (€6.3 billion) in H1 2013. The U.K. attracted the majority of this investment (36%), with Germany (23%) and France (17%) also favored destinations. Ireland and Italy received over $0.75 billion (€0.5 billion) of U.S. investment.

The jump in buying activity from U.S.-based investors was the most significant shift in terms of buyer nationality in Europe, with U.S. buyers responsible for 63% of cross-regional investment in the region. Also notable, was the shift to positive net investment from U.S. investors. In recent years, sales have nearly matched acquisitions; however, in H1 2014 alone, acquisitions have exceeded sales by approximately $6 billion (€4.5 billion).

Chris Ludeman, Global President of CBRE’s Capital Markets said, “While the volume of business in U.S. commercial real estate is expanding, price movements in domestic markets and improving prospects in the European economy have led U.S. investors to target Europe more ambitiously than has been the case in recent years. This investment is dominated by fund managers, rather than investors buying directly, so there is an extent to which they represent a conduit for global capital rather than just U.S. money. Nonetheless, the increase over the last few quarters has been remarkable.”

“Another feature is the range of locations that U.S. investors are seeking out with general pricing in Europe seen as attractive and ‘recovery play’ investments more accessible currently than in the U.S.”

U.S.-based investors targeted a range of European locations, with assets acquired in at least 15 European countries in H1 2014. The city that attracted the biggest concentration of U.S. investment was Paris, at more than $2.5 billion (€1.9 billion).

The growth in “recovery play” investment was also evident in H1 2014. In Ireland, where the vast majority of transactions took place in Dublin, overseas buyers have been the main driver of growth in investment, with U.S. capital making the biggest contribution. Investors such as Blackstone, Hines, Kennedy Wilson and Lone Star all made significant acquisitions in Dublin in H1 2014, drawn in by the economic recovery story and prime yields that are attractive compared to many other European capitals. U.S. investors accounted for 43% of the investment volume in Dublin in H1 2014.

U.S. investors have also increased their activity in the Netherlands–a market in which they have not traditionally been active. These acquisitions were spread across the whole of the country, but did include some significant purchases in the main commercial city, Amsterdam.
– See more at:


A little about me and my expertise – video


commercial / investment real estate / Arizona land specialist


I go to great heights to sell or purchase your land,_Arizona_history


Facts of Arizona – year 1848 to 2013



Feel free to contact Walter regarding any of these stories, the current market, distressed commercial real estate opportunities and needs, your property or your Investment Needs for Comercial Investment Properties in Phoenix.



View my listings and my profile at:


What is a CCIM?


Join My Mailing List



Please go to my web-site and get all the newsflashes and updates in Commercial Investment Real Estate in Phoenix and Commercial Investment Properties in Phoenix daily



Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn.


Follow me on Facebook:


Follow me on Twitter:



Follow Me on Google+


Walter Unger CCIM, CCSS, CCLS

I am a successful Commercial Investment Real Estate Broker in Arizona now for 20 years and I worked with banks and their commercial REO properties for 3 years. I am also a commercial landspecialist in Phoenix and a Landspecialist in Arizona.





we are at on the a rise of the cycle in Commercial Real Estate.  so there is only one way and it’s called we are going up and now is the time for you to expand, upgrade or invest in Commercial Properties in Phoenix.  The prices on deals I may get you will not be around forever.


If you have any questions about Commercial Investment Properties in Phoenix or Commercial Investment Properties in Arizona,  I will gladly sit down with you and share my expertise and my professional opinion in Commercial Properties in Phoenix or Commercial Properties in Arizona with you.Obviously I am also in this to make money, but it could be a win-win situation for all of us. 


Please reply by e-mail or call me on my cell 520-975-5207 or Office:480-948-5554


Thank You


Walter Unger CCIM

Associate Broker,  West USA Commercial Real Estate Advisers

7077 E. Marilyn Road, Bldg 4, Suite 130

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Cell:      520-975-5207   

Office :  480-948-5554

Fax: (480-658-1172


View my listings and my profile at:             


a little about me and my expertise – video


commercial-investment real estate adviser-land specialist


What is a CCIM?



Delivering the New Standard of Excellence in Commercial Real Estate 


  • Commercial Real Estate Scottsdale
  • Commercial Real Estate Phoenix
  • Commercial Real Estate Arizona
  • Commercial Investment Properties Phoenix
  • Commercial Investment Properties Scottsdale
  • Commercial Investment Properties Arizona
  • Land Specialist Arizona
  • Arizona Land Specialist
  • Land Specialist Phoenix
  • Phoenix Land Specialist
  • Land For Sale Phoenix
  • Land for sale Arizona
  • Commercial Properties For Sale Phoenix
  • Commercial Real Estate Sales Phoenix
  • Commercial Properties Phoenix
  • Commercial Properties Arizona
  • Commercial Land Specialist Phoenix
  • Commercial Land Phoenix
  • Multifamily land Phoenix
  • Retail Land Phoenix
  • Industrial Land Phoenix
  • Land Commercial Phoenix
  • Land Retail Phoenix
  • Land Industrial Phoenix
  • Land Multifamily Phoenix
  • Industrial Land for sale Phoenix
  • Land Industrial
  • P
  • Investment Real Estate


Disclaimer of Liability

The information in this blog-newsletter is for general guidance only, and does not constitute the provision of legal advice, tax advice, accounting services, investment advice, or professional consulting of any kind. The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional tax, accounting, legal, or other competent advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser who has been provided with all pertinent facts relevant to your particular situation. Tax articles in this e-newsletter are not intended to be used, and cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding accuracy-related penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. The information is provided “as is,” with no assurance or guarantee of completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.