Recently released figures have shown that commercial property lending in the UK saw a substantial increase in the second half of 2017, with new commercial property lending reaching £26.8 billion for this period. This marks a significant improvement on figures previously released for the first half of 2017, which had shown that lending in this sector had dropped by 24 per cent. But research conducted by the Cass Business School, one of Europe’s top business training institutions, demonstrates that this trend has been reversed.
Commercial property lending for the whole of 2017 was shown to total £44.5 billion, equalling the total figure for 2016. Across the property sector as a whole, the Cass findings established that lending increased by 4 per cent in 2016, the total value of loan books reaching £199 billion. This research also reveals that the source of capital in property transactions has seen a shift, with non-bank lenders being particularly active in 2017. These types of lenders now hold a 14 per cent market share when it comes to new loans, up from 10 per cent the previous year.
In more good news for those in the UK’s commercial property sector, it has also been revealed that commercial property rental values have increased by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2018. These figures are being driven, the CBRE’S report showed, by continuing outperformance in the industrial sector, with prime rental values in this sector increasing by 2.3 per cent over the first quarter of this year.
This is a trend that has been ongoing for the past 18 months, Quarter 1 of 2018 being the sixth consecutive period of industrial outperformance. Strong performance in this sector has been shown throughout the UK, with substantial growth recorded in London (3.8 per cent), the South East (2.9 per cent) and Eastern (3.5 per cent) markets, with Scotland showing growth of 2.8 per cent. These figures are seen to demonstrate the continuing resilience of the UK’s prime commercial property market, with experts suggesting they expect this performance to continue throughout 2018.
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