Investment flows into real estate in Central and Eastern Europe reached €13.1 bn in 2017, overtaking the previous pre-crisis record of 2007. Strong economic growth, well above that of Western Europe, is boosting optimism about the region's prospects and attracting more foreign investors. The forecast is for even higher investment flows in 2018 and 2019. Are there any clouds on the horizon? Many international investors have targeted the office market and reaping rewards - the yield on a category A office building in Budapest is around 6% - will this trend continue? Are investors looking beyond the region's capitals to regional cities? Which sectors and cities are they likely to favour? CEE investors have been more active recently: are they at an advantage or do they face a struggle competing with foreign capital? Will South African capital, which has played such a big role, retreat now that the rand and the political situation in SA have stabilised? Will the retail sector benefit from positive consumer sentiment and rising wages? The residential sector has seen high demand and price increases: will this trend continue? The logistics sector has seen some big ticket-deals: is its growth unstoppable, given the region's strategic location between East and West? Are increasing labour shortages going to be a problem? Infrastructure has much improved: is there more to be done to support investment? What about political uncertainty - will Hungary's and Poland's policies and tensions with the European Union be a deterrent or will investors focus on the positive economic fundamentals?
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