Record year logistic real estate
2015 was a good year for logistic real estate. The demand for logistics space accelerated and take-up posted a record high volume of 1.5 million sq m. Investor appetite also remained strong, especially in the second half of 2015. In Q4, investments even reached an all-time quarterly record volume of € 581 million. With this the total investment volume recorded €1.3 billion, a post-crisis high. This is one of the conclusions of CBRE's latest Marketview The Netherlands Logistics.
A crucial factor for the growing take-up is increasing private consumption in Europe and Netherlands. Also the accommodation of e-commerce operations is an important growth factor. Just like the first half of 2015 take-up was dominated by pre-let and build-to-suit transactions. More than 60% of all new lease contracts concerned build-to-suit projects.
Take-up was particularly strong in traditional logistic hubs like Rotterdam, Venlo and Eindhoven. In addition to this demand for logistics space also trickled down to more regional markets along the A15 motorway.
The logistics market has matured as an institutional investment product. This has strongly contributed to the growth of the investment volume. For decades logistic real estate was seen as an alternative asset class. That has been changed since two or three years. Logistic real estate passed the crisis very well and this has been obviously noticed by investors. Therefore we expect that the investment volume will be equalled in 2016. Although existing product remains scarce, new developments offer ample opportunities for investors.
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