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Commercial property capital gains on up, says RICS

Capital gains from commercial property looks set to rise off the back of an increasing number of transactions recorded globally by RICS members.

By Jonathan Boyd, Editor in Chief
Wednesday April 28, 2010

RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, says data from its 100,000 property professional members worldwide suggest there are sharp capital gains to be expected across many markets as the number of transactions involving commercial property continued to rise through the first quarter of 2010.

Markets such as Peru, Brazil and Singapore are leading the way, it says, as low interest rates and relatively high yields are tempting investors. The key US market saw transactions rebound for the first time in three years, even as patches of downturn were noted in markets such as Greece and UAE.

RICS predictions are based on its members reporting a net balance of capital values increasing in their respective markets. For example, in Brazil the balance of surveyors reporting a rise rather than a fall in capital values went from 25 per cent in the last quarter of 2009, to 63 per cent in the first quarter of 2010. Eastern Europe and Russia also look positive according to this method, RICS reports.

While the markets of UK, France and Germany have not yet seen a similar recovery, RICS says rental declines are easing.

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