Real Estate Debt in 2017

The attraction of real estate debt as an asset class increased this year, although so did the difficulty deploying the capital. And so another year draws to a close. As far as European real estate finance was concerned, 2017 was interesting, if nowhere near as tumultuous as 2016.

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Spain shines as Southern Europe’s star performer with cross-border capital driving investment volumes to post crisis peak

Spain has been leading the recovery of Southern Europe’s commercial real estate market since the Great Financial Crisis (GFC), due to continued interest from foreign investors who have been responsible for 62 percent of all commercial real estate investment activity so far this year. Investment volumes are looking to hit €8.9 billion ($10 billion) this year, a year-over-year increase of 5 percent, and a post GFC record.

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Residential Finance: The Spanish revival

Residential development in Spain is back, with banks again willing to provide finance and reckless lending a thing of the past. 

Cranes on the skylines of Spanish cities, such a prevalent feature a decade ago, are returning. With housing demand picking up, Spanish developers are once more establishing pipelines and breaking ground at a quickening pace.

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