December 22 2020

UK No.1 For Future Residential Property Investment in 2021?

December 22 2020

UK No.1 For Future Residential Property Investment in 2021?

Author: Gareth MarshallCategory: Brexit & UK Property, UK Property
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A survey of global property investors suggests the UK will be Europe’s most sought-after destination for residential property investment in 2021.


  • One-third of all planned investment into European residential real estate in 2021 will be made in the UK
  • Survey of high-net-worth investors and asset managers in Europe, the US and China has found the UK as the preferred European investment destination
  • The continued appeal of UK real estate post-Brexit further underlines the sector’s strength and long-term investment fundamentals


It’s an asset that’s resilient in the face of any wider uncertainty.

And, as we head into 2021, a new survey has found that UK residential property remains one of the most in-demand assets in Europe.

International law firm DLA Piper has produced the European Real Estate global survey, asking 500 high-net-worth investors, developers and asset managers based in Europe, the US and China which European countries they’re making plans to buy property in over the next 12 months.

Almost 75% of those surveyed all stated that they intend to invest in residential property in Europe in 2021 at some point. 29% also plan on investing higher amounts than they did in 2020.

Collectively, the UK came out on top as the most in-demand destination, with 33% of all those surveyed choosing to invest in the UK in the 12 months ahead.

This number was highest amongst those based in China, with 52% stating the UK as their preferred destination, with 39% of those investors based in the US stating the same.

It comes at a time when investment markets have had to deal with the ongoing headwinds of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as sectors in Europe also must prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period from 1st January 2021.

Yet despite this, UK property has proven its long-renowned strength and resilience once again 2020. And as global investors begin to take stock and draw up their future investment plans, residential real estate in UK is set to remain one of the world’s most trusted assets.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Olaf Schmidt, Real Estate Partner and Managing Director of Practice Groups at DLA Piper, stated: “Today’s findings show that despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European real estate market remains attractive because of its strong fundamentals, low interest rates, and high potential yield returns compared to equity markets.”

“The UK remains an attractive market for investment also post-Brexit which should provide confirmation and reassurance that the UK is a vital hub for activity and growth.”

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