North American Investors account for Lion's share of cross-border property activity in Europe

North American investors account for almost a third of all cross-border purchases in the European commercial real estate market

increasing investment activity in the region significantly in 2011, according to the latest research by global property adviser CBRE.

The increasing number of non-European buyers were a growing influence in the rise of commercial real estate investment activity to €118 billion in 2011 - a 7% increase in overall activity compared to 2010 (€110 billion). Non-European property investors have risen in prominence to account for over 17% of total European investment in 2011 (compared with 13% in 2010), with North American investors the driving force.

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