Dutch Real Estate Predictions 2016


Dutch Real Estate Predictions 2016

What changes lie ahead?

Read our eight predictions for the real estate sector in the Netherlands for 2016.

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1. Big data in real estate: too big to ignore

Regarding retrieving up-to-date information and better decision making, some commercial real estate parties are already using number crunching from public and private data sources. Big data platforms are capable of processing large public and licensed data sources to analyze a building’s structure, building year and weather it is renovated recently, as well as the financial status of the owner and occupier. These kind of concepts create transparency to the Dutch real estate market. Read more: 'Big data in real estate: too big to ignore'.

2. Omni-channel: transforming the retail landscape

New technologies and new ways to connect with consumers are transforming the retail sector. Consumers are increasingly taking non-linear path to purchase, combining both traditional store and internet channels. Accordingly, retail sector square meter has decreased due to changing retail buying patterns, the efficiency of omni-channel distribution and the changing behavior of millennials. To compete effectively, traditional retailers should reimagine how they create and capture value. Read more: 'Omni-channel: transforming the retail landscape'.

3. Asian investors raise their stakes in Dutch real estate

The last years, Asian investors have been entering the European real estate markets and also are making their way into Dutch real estate. We believe they have every reason to raise their stakes in the market during 2016. Read more: 'Asian investors raise their stakes in Dutch real estate'.

4. Construction: significant rise of residential projects

The construction industry has been hit hard since the peak of the market in early 2008. Over the last years, activity in many sectors has fallen to the lowest levels on record, prompting fierce competition for the contracts that have been available in the market. Part of the response to these conditions has been innovation in delivery models and material technologies, but the general upshot has been significant downward pressure on margins as contractors compete hard for work at the same time as labor and materials costs have continued to rise. Read more: 'Construction: significant rise of new residential projects'.

5. Logistics: technology is redefining the retail supply chain

For retailers competing for online market share, a key differentiator is how quickly and efficiently they can get their products to customers. As the delivery promise becomes more important and, at the same time, increasingly complicated, real estate strategies are changing fast. Read more: 'Logistics: technology is redefining the retail supply chain'.

6. Changing legislation creates opportunities in healthcare

The demand for real estate investments in the healthcare sector increased tremendously in the last few years. We believe that investors will raise their stakes in the Dutch healthcare sector in 2016. The focus is expected to be on properties currently used for heavy hospital care with redevelopment potential. Also properties with a long lease term, a good debtor and on a prime location, as well as upcoming new private residential care initiatives are on the target list of investors. Read more: 'Changing legislation creates opportunities in healthcare'. 

7. Real estate steps up as a key tool in the battle for talent

While the importance of the physical workplace has been clear to many employers for years, 2016 will see an increasing number looking closely at how well their real estate, location and technology strategies really do support their crucial talent agendas. Read more: 'Real estate steps up as a key tool in the battle for talent'. 

8. Blockchain: the next game changer in real estate?

A well-known phenomenon in the real estate sector is information asymmetry related to real estate transactions. The past few years the real estate sector has become more transparent. Mainly due to the crisis, the demand for more information and alignment of ethical standards has been greater than before. Read more: 'Blockchain: the next game changer in real estate?'

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