Key Facts

Real Estate Key Facts

  • Commercial property contributed EUR 329 billion to the EU economy in 2015, representing 2.5% of Europe’s GDP
  • In 2015 its market value was approximately EUR 6.2 trillion
  • Compared to the housing market, with a total value of EUR 25.5 trillion, commercial real estate is relatively small
  • Yet commercial real estate alone directly employs 3.7 million people in the EU
  • Investment in new commercial property buildings and the refurbishment and development of existing buildings on average totals nearly EUR 252 billion each year – representing over 10% of total investment in the European economy
  • Half of the commercial property is leased to businesses who need the flexibility of renting rather than owning their premises, as such it is a vital factor of production. Investors in commercial real estate often invest long-term, and counter-cyclically, with benefits for the economy
  • Long-term investments in real estate help insurance companies and pension funds meet their long-term obligations and contribute to sustainability improvements

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