German property proving popular among UK investors

Interest in German property is steadily on the rise, with British investors at the top of the list of those investing in the country, according to new research.

A study by German property specialists DEGI has shown that there were 152 commercial property transactions in the first half of 2006, amounting to a total value of €21.34 billion (£14.75 billion).

Overseas investors made up 55.2 per cent of the demand in these purchases, with 12.3 per cent of these coming from the UK, Europe Real Estate reports.

Investors from the US accounted for 7.1 per cent of the demand, while another 18.2 per cent of the investment came from other EU nations.

Thomas Beyerle, head of research and strategy at DEGI, said: “Property investors cannot afford to ignore ‘hotspot Germany.

“Capital market investors want to use portfolio purchases to rapidly build up an exposure in Germany, so as to take advantage of the currently favourable phase of the market.”

It was found that the most prevalent areas of activity in commercial German property so far this year are retail with a 48 per cent share and office space at 26 per cent.

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