Private investments in commercial property

The 2017 Knight Frank Attitudes Survey confirms that real estate continues to provide a safe haven for capital and a stable and secure income return in a low growth environment, especially for private investors. With 27% of global transaction volumes attributed last year to private buyers, commercial real estate remains an important asset class mostly because it can be used in portfolios to provide variation from both domestic economy and across asset classes.

According to the survey a full quarter of private client wealth is held, in real estate investments (excluding primary residence and second homes), with office property remaining the most popular sector, and logistics not far behind. Those taken in to consideration by the Knight Frank Attitudes Survey, were reportedly looking to secure lot sizes ranging from £20m to £50m, with some suggesting they would also scale up to over £100m.

Finally, as far as location was concerned, answers varied depending on the respondents domicile, but Australia, Africa and the US were all considered investment targets for 2017, although the majority were still focused on Europe and particularly on the UK.

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