Israel Real Estate Report Q4 2014 - New Report Available

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Tue Sep 16 2014

Increasingly fraught Israeli-Palestinian relations are having a negative impact on the country's business environment and the commercial real estate market is no exception. That said, our overall forecast for the sector over the coming months is stability, owing to robust demand and a relatively low supply of new properties during the past few years.

As is certainly the case for many local industries, the main question mark hanging over the Israeli commercial real estate sector is what effect the country's increasing political instability will have on demand, both domestic and international, over the coming weeks and months.

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While, from a domestic perspective, we expect the recent Gaza crisis to have a relatively low impact on demand for commercial property space, in August 2014 there were already signs of a worsening outlook for tourism and trade growth, two key drivers of demand for retail and industrial space, respectively.

Moreover, increasingly fraught Israeli-Palestinian relations are only likely to dampen the appetite of international investors for Israeli property, as the country's reputation as a 'safe haven' for Middle East investment likely to come under increasing pressure over the next few months. Furthermore, the risks associated with investing in the local real estate market is only likely to accelerate the trend of Israeli firms investing in overseas property as has already been the case during the past few years.

Despite increasing political tensions and security risks, there are nevertheless reasons to be optimistic regarding the outlook for the country's commercial real estate sector. Before July's escalation in hostilities, the market was on a stable platform for growth with good consumer spending growth and a reduction in the government's austerity policies combining with an increasingly healthy macroeconomic environment to support robust demand across the three sub-sectors of office, retail and industrial property. The...

The Israel Real Estate Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and independent forecasts of major construction projects in the residential and commercial markets, plus rental prices and yields in major cities. The report critically analyses the prospects for real estate within the broader economic and financial context - both domestic and global - via our econometrically-modelled and clearly explained banking and economic forecasts and follows this through to evaluate the implications for REITs.

BMI's Israel Real Estate Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the real estate industry in Israel.

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