CBRE recorded a total of £2.1bn of investment into the residential sector in Q1 2021, accounting for a fifth of total real estate investment.

This included £771.4m of investment into Build-to-Rent (BtR), of which £171.1m was transacted in the emerging single family housing sector. Demand for BtR also remains strong with £1.5bn of deals under offer at the end of Q1.

A further £1.1bn was invested into Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Q1 2021, with another £500m in the pipeline.

We also saw positive trends in other residential sectors including Co-living and Affordable housing.

Overall, the outlook for the residential sector remains strong and we continue to predict robust returns and rising investment over our current forecast period.