The Netherlands occupies a pivotal position on the European continent with ease of access to the lucrative markets of Germany, France and the UK. It is also home to Europe’s largest sea port at Rotterdam.The commercial properties in the Netherlands have long been a target for investors in Europe, including German pension funds, attracted by its resilient export driven economy. With a population of almost 17m the Netherlands is Europe’s most densely populated country.
It has produced a highly skilled and educated workforce with a noted linguistic ability.The country is also home to a number of leading companies such as financial services company Rabobank and has spawned internationally recognised brands such as Heineken and the electronics giant Phillips. Its principle city Amsterdam is the business and financial stronghold of the country, closely followed by Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
International real estate investor attention continues to grow across all sectors. Within the office sector the demand is for high quality office buildings with Amsterdam continuing to be the main focus for investors.This preference for modern office buildings has led to many older office properties being converted into residential and student accommodation. Elsewhere, consumer confidence has returned to the retail market and the sector has begun to see a stabilisation of rents and forecasts for modest growth. Small neighbourhood centres, with a strong grocery anchor, are also performing well. Meanwhile there are good prospects for the hotel sector from business travellers and also from tourists attracted to the many leading cultural destinations.