Property consultants CB Richard Ellis today welcomed the publication of the most recent index of commercial property returns for the Irish market, produced by the Investment Property Databank in conjunction with the Society of Chartered Surveyors. The index indicates that while property returns in Ireland continued to decline in Q4 2009, the pace of decline has eased considerably in recent months as prime yields begin to stabilise. The latest IPD figures confirm that while total returns for Irish commercial property for the 12 month period to December 2009 were down by an average of 23.3% (-25.4 for retail properties; -22.1% for office properties and -20.4% for industrial properties) the pace of decline eased considerably in the last quarter with total returns down 2.9% in the final quarter compared to more significant value declines in earlier quarters.

According to Marie Hunt, Director of Research at CB Richard Ellis, “While commercial property returns are still in negative territory in the Irish market, the fact that the pace of decline is easing quarter-on-quarter is very encouraging, suggesting that we are through the worst of the downturn and that values are now showing signs of stabilising. The UK property market has now experienced six consecutive months of positive property market returns and while the Irish market is lagging this recovery, it is encouraging that we now appear to be seeing the first signs of stabilisation emerging”.

Marie Hunt
Director – Research Department
CB Richard Ellis
Tel 00353 1 6185543

Guy Hollis
Managing Director
CB Richard Ellis
Tel 00 353 1 6185500

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