The last real estate Observatory of Nomisma, one of Italy’s most prestigious think tanks, evidences that the interest of Italians is no longer limited to the residential sector in recent months: investment in real estate for companies has also grown.
While noting a slight recovery in the housing market, in place for several years and confirmed in early 2016, Nomisma still urges caution. Certain factors – the Observatory cites the outcome of the British referendum, which sealed the release of the UK from the European Union – could undermine the stability of the macro-economic environment, with inevitable repercussions on the Italian real estate market, still far from the levels prior to the economic crisis.
In fact, the increase in purchased and sold properties registered in recent years – the trades have increased as well 2014 (+ 3.6%) as in 2015 (+ 6.5%) – was not large enough to allow a return to pre-crisis levels. Nomisma, which provides for an increase of 7.6% of trade for 2016, points out that the market trades in 13 major Italian cities were reduced by 40% in the residential sector and 50% in the non-residential.
Further confirmation the modest recovery in the housing market is coming from the Observatory of casa.it, which certifies a growing interest in the residential homes. In the first half of 2016, the demand for housing has increased (+ 2.6%) – the analysis reveals that Italians are mainly seeking apartments (29%) and three-room apartments (26%) in semi-central or remote areas. But this has not been accompanied by a simultaneous increase in prices: a square meter costs on average 2,010 euro, down 0.1%.