Potential sale of NAMA’s Northern Ireland property portfolio a major focus

Belfast, 1st March 2014–Commercial property consultants CBRE today released their first bi-monthly report for 2014, focussing on trends in all sectors of the Northern Ireland commercial property market. According to the property consultants, in contrast to the Republic which has experienced record volumes of transactional activity in the commercial real estate market during January and February, activity has been somewhat muted in the Northern Ireland property market since the beginning of the year.

However, CBRE say that although there was limited transactional activity recorded across the region during January and February, several transactions are currently in legals while efforts are underway to prepare a number of assets for sale over the coming months and investor appetite remains strong.

According to Brian Lavery, Managing Director at CBRE Belfast, “News that the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) have appointed Lazard on the sale of its entire Northern Ireland property portfolio, following an approach by a potential investor will be a major focus over the coming weeks considering the potential impact a large-scale sale would have for the market. In the occupier markets, there are several office leasing transactions underway in the Belfast market although it is likely to be the second quarter of 2014 before these transactions are signed. Encouragingly, there have been clear signs of positivity emerging in the retail sector over recent months with several new entrants expected to sign deals over the coming months”.

According to the report, over the coming months, attention will undoubtedly be on the entities that have considerable deleveraging to do in Northern Ireland and the pace at which they might bring assets or loans to the market with NAMA’s Project Eagle certain to be the main focus.


Brian Lavery – 0044 208 9043 8555 / or
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CBRE | NI Bi-Monthly Research Report March 2014