UK Capital Markets 2020 Review and 2021 Outlook

JLL UK Capital Markets team analyses the commercial real estate outlook for 2021, identifying key investor trends for the year ahead

March 05, 2021

Investment across the UK recovered well towards the end of 2020, following a period of very low activity through much of the first half of the year, a strong end to the year brought 2020 investment volumes to £42.7bn.

Following this strong finish to 2020, there is momentum in the investment market. We expect overall investment volumes to increase significantly as the recovery for the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Which sectors are faring best and what factors are driving key investment decisions? In this report JLL’s Capital Markets team analyse current investment trends and assess the outlook for 2021.
We also publish the results of our Property Predictions survey. Find out what the commercial real estate industry is expecting over the next 12 months, including views on international capital, asset repositioning and the Living sector.

Andrew Frost - Head of UK Capital Markets

“The resurgence in the investment market over the latter part of 2020 was remarkable. Considering where we were after the first lockdown, to finish the year only 15% down represents an incredibly encouraging performance. Looking forward, we expect this bounce-back to broadly continue, albeit tempered to some extent by the return of stringent restrictions throughout much of the first half of 2021. The ‘three L’s’ of Living, Logistics and Life Sciences are attracting the greatest investor interest, and are likely to see the strongest performance over the year ahead.”

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