Toronto has slipped again in global CRE investment rankings

by Steve Randall20 Jan 2020

Strength in the US and core markets in Asia are driving growth in commercial real estate transactions according to a new report.

JLL’s research shows that 2019 was an impressive year for CRE transaction volume globally, with a new record high of U$800 billion.

However, there was a decline in Toronto’s position as a key global CRE investment market, slipping from 21 in 2018 to 23 in 2019 in JLL’s Top 30 Cities for Direct Commercial Real Estate Investment.

In 2017, Toronto was 17th. Vancouver also made the top 30 in 2017 but dropped out in 2018 and has not yet returned. Canada is expected to see continued strength in the CRE market in 2020 though.

Globally there are ongoing headwinds from political uncertainty and the slowing global economy and these conditions are making real estate investors cautious about investing the near-record levels of capital held by funds.

But the caution is good news for some key global cities which are established centers such as New York, Paris, and Tokyo.

"As the real estate cycle extends into its tenth year, investors are increasingly favouring locations and sectors that are resilient to economic or geopolitical disruption,” said Richard Bloxam, Global CEO of Capital Markets at JLL. “Cities that offer a diverse range of talent and innovation attract significant investment interest, with the industrial and 'living' sectors continuing to perform well in the current global climate."

Secondary markets will see increased interest from investors as long as they possess attributes such as a strong talent pool and innovation credentials.

Asian gains
Along with some of America’s major cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, and Boston; and Paris and London; Asia Pacific is showing continued strong performance.

Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore have all seen elevated investment in 2019 – over $16 billion across the three cities according to data analyzed by JLL.

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