Global commercial real estate industry expected to continue growth despite economic volatility

Anca Alexe 22/11/2019 | 09:02

Global commercial real estate leaders are optimistic about the industry’s prospects over the coming year, despite global economic volatility, according to Deloitte 2020 Commercial Real Estate Outlook. 76 percent of respondents expect a positive evolution of the industry in the next period. The survey shows that that the tenant experience has become a top priority for most commercial real estate leaders, with a focus on investment in new technologies.

Three-quarters of the respondents were optimistic and very optimistic about the industry’s performance over the next year, 14 percent were neutral and 10 percent pessimistic. Respondents in Asia were the most optimistic, followed by those in North America and Europe. 

“The high level of optimism among the commercial real estate players is not surprising. In times of economic volatility, investors’ attention goes towards tangible, high quality assets, which provide a medium or long-term investment horizon. When sudden economic changes occur, the real estate industry typically reacts within six to 12 months. In Romania, the commercial real estate sector is one of the most stable, given that demand is still higher than the supply. Considering the competition on the labor market, on one hand, and the consumption increase, on the other hand, the interest for office and commercial spaces is natural and will remain high over the next period,” said Alexandra Smedoiu, Partner, Deloitte Romania, Real Estate Industry Leader.

In this year’s outlook, Deloitte experts explored a new element, namely the impact of the new technologies reshaping tenants and end users’ experience, such as AI (artificial intelligence) or IoT (Internet of Things). In this context, 92 percent of respondents said they planned to maintain or increase their tenant experience-related technology investments. As for smart buildings, they will become the norm over the next five years, according to approximately three-quarters of respondents. 

This year’s commercial real estate outlook surveyed 750 executives – owners/operators, developers, brokers and investors – in ten countries form Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. 

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