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Amsterdam High Street Retail 2016

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Amsterdam is booming despite the after-effects of the economic downturn of the past few years, which are still noticeable in a number of real estate markets nationwide. The capital city distinguishes itself from other cities in the country and retains its above average performance. House prices are soaring and demand for retail and office real estate is high. Both real estate users and investors have a clear understanding of Amsterdam’s  real estate, but the scarcity of available good product means that prices will continue to rise. This results in a growing polarisation of the real estate market in the Netherlands.

High demand in the various real estate markets in Amsterdam is due to factors such as the substantial, persistent growth in population in the city and the increase of tourism. The population has been growing since 1990, with the largest increase during 2008 - 2016, by an average growth of more than 10,000 inhabitants per year. In 2015 circa 18 million domestic and international tourists visited Amsterdam.

Besides providing stimulus for residential property construction, the growth in population also had positive effects on Amsterdam’s appeal as a shopping city at both national and international level. It is not surprising that major international retailers consider Amsterdam’s city centre as an ideal place to establish themselves when expanding in Europe. This report provides you with insights into the recent retail developments in Amsterdam as well as our vision on the transformation of the retail landscape in the Netherlands.


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