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London tops list as best city for real estate investment in Europe

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The pandemic has not shaken institutional investors’ confidence in real estate investment, according to a new report on British financial portal Peer2Peer.

Nearly 400 institutional investors from the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland were surveyed for this study, which was commissioned by developer Wiener Komfortwohnungen and carried out by German opinion research institute Kantar.

The research shows that 39% of investors consider London to be the most popular city in Europe for property investment, followed by Berlin (35%) and Vienna (23%).

Two-thirds (67%) of British investors surveyed chose London as their top investment pick, with 29% preferring Berlin and 22% selecting Amsterdam.

A majority of investors (63%) said they do not plan to change their investment behavior or reallocate financial assets on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Institutional investors from Germany (72%) and the UK (63%) in particular, said they will continue to adhere to their previous strategy.

A quarter of investors (25%) surveyed said they are ready to increase the proportion  of residential real estate in their portfolio, with only 8% considering reallocating in favour of commercial property.

For the majority of investors (88%), location remains the decisive criterion for choosing a property to invest in.

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