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At just over €12.56 billion, the 2016 investment volumes represented a 42% increase over 2015 (€8.82 billion) and is the third highest CEE regional investment volume since 2007 (€15.81 billion) and 2006 (€13.45 billion).

2016 has been a record breaking year at a country level with the highest ever volumes recorded in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and second best ever results recorded in Poland, Hungary and the SEE region.

Our forecast for 2017 remains positive, provided that the supply of product can match the strong levels of demand.

The full year breakdown saw Poland record an overall transactional volume share of 36%, followed by the Czech Republic (29%), Hungary (13%), SEE markets (8%), Romania (7%) and Slovakia (7%).

For Romania the 2016 property investment volume is estimated at €890 million, a value almost 35% higher than that registered in 2015 (€663 million). However, the number of transactions was slightly smaller, meaning that the average deal size increased.

Bucharest accounted for over 70% of the total investment volume, less than in 2015, showing that liquidity in secondary cities has somewhat improved. Market volumes were dominated by office transactions (45%), while retail and industrial accounted for close to 26% each.

The largest transaction registered in 2016 was the acquisition of 26.88% of Globalworth’s shares by South African group Growthpoint for approximately €186 million. Globalworth is the largest owner of office space in Romania. The most notable retail transaction was the acquisition of Sibiu Shopping City by NEPI from ARGO for a total of €100 million, which represents the largest single asset deal outside of Bucharest since the economic crisis. In industrial, the largest deal was the acquisition of P3 Logistic Parks by GIC, the Singapore sovereign wealth fund, through the pan-European acquisition of P3.

2016 marked the entry of several new names on the Romanian real estate market, either through the purchase of regional platforms or, individual assets. Among them Logicor (Blackstone’s European industrial division), GIC, PPF and Growthpoint.