Brazil, U.S., Chile and Mexico among leading targets for investors
The vast majority of real estate investors in Latin America (LATAM) intend to increase their property acquisitions in 2016, with Brazil, U.S., Chile and Mexico as the top country targets, according to the CBRE Latin America Investor Intentions Survey 2016.
The 2016 survey was conducted between January and early February, during a time of negative sentiment arising from volatility in China’s stock market at the time. The results reveal that 81% of LATAM investors plan to be net buyers in 2016.
“In the long term, we should see a rise in acquisitions activity as current weak economies— such as Brazil—regain solid footing, and as the middle class continues to grow in the leading LATAM countries, thereby creating solid gains in real estate demand and more opportunities for investment within the region,” added Guy Ponticiello, Head of Latin America, Capital Markets, CBRE.
Two thirds of investors named either returns or rental income as their primary reason for investing in real estate in 2016. Office continues to be the most sought-after property sector, followed by retail, which is also being targeted as investors look for steady income streams and the consumption growth potential of a large middle class.
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