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Our approach to research

Our approach to research

BNP Paribas Real Estate’s Global Research team produces market analysis and insights that drive value. From finding key market information to forecasting, our market insights and research analysis help you make strategic decisions for the full real estate life cycle, from property management, investment management, and property development, to transaction, consulting and valuation.

The full property market perspective

At BNP Paribas Real Estate, over 50 real estate experts are dedicated to research across Europe. They provide clients with both Pan-European and local market analysis for the countries in which we operate and have alliances.

Market analysis

We produce global and local reports on market overviews, especially pertaining to take-up, supply, rents, vacancy rates, investment volume, prime yields.

Our highly experienced analysts provide market intelligence based on their in-depth knowledge of local real estate markets. They work locally on tailor-made analyses and advice and collaborate with the BNP Paribas Real Estate business lines. The International Research team then aggregates local analysis to deliver a pan-European perspective of the property market.

Focus on the European office market

2017 is marked by key economic drivers in real estate markets, including high inflation due to a rise in raw material prices, greater demand for secured assets, and an expected rise in 10-year interest rates. Thanks to the relative good health of most occupier markets, total returns are expected to be particularly robust in most European cities for 2017.

Focus on the European logistics market

European logistics remained strong in 2016, with the three leading occupier countries (Germany, France, and the UK) recording double-digit growth. Despite political uncertainties related to Brexit, take-up stabilised well above volumes recorded since 2010 thanks to demand for XXL turnkey units, and growth in the retail and e-commerce segments.

Focus on the European retail market

After a record year in 2015, commercial real estate investment remained high in 2016 at €230 billion. Retail sales in the Eurozone increased by 1.7% in 2016 and is expected at 1.3% in 2017, with e-commerce sales in Europe experiencing double-digit annual growth. Retail sector investment stood at €57 billion in 2016, with more than 70% of the volume coming from Western Europe, particularly Germany, the UK and France.

Market forecasts

We provide real estate forecasting for occupier and investment markets, combining local real estate knowledge and BNP Paribas economists’ macroeconomic forecasting expertise.

Database management

We collect, buy and validate real estate information using our strong advisory and investment network.

Investment management analysis

Our investment management research analysis combines the expertise of our economists and investment management research analysts located across Europe. Together they develop risk/return analysis and provide you with strategic advice based on their acute understanding of past and future real estate developments.

Focus on cross-border investment in Europe

In the wake of a record year in 2015, the European investment market recorded a 10% slowdown in 2016. The commercial real estate market has benefited from capital moving in between markets and flowing into Europe. After peaking in 2015, the share of cross-border investment dropped by half in 2016 but remains the third highest amount in the last ten years at €110 billion.

Read the full range of our pan-European market reports and local market reports on our website.