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Occupier satisfaction and its impact on investment returns from UK commercial real estate

Sanderson, D. and Devaney, S. (2017) Occupier satisfaction and its impact on investment returns from UK commercial real estate. Journal of Property Investment & Finance, 35 (2). pp. 135-159. ISSN 1463-578X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/JPIF-10-2016-0077


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between occupiers’ satisfaction with the property management service they receive and the financial performance of commercial real estate. It uses occupier satisfaction data for 240 UK commercial properties collected over a 12-year period and the annual total returns achieved by those properties. Various statistical techniques are employed to assess whether increasing occupier satisfaction leads to greater returns for investors. The study also investigates whether the relationship between occupier satisfaction and returns is the same across all sectors and whether it is affected by market conditions. A positive correspondence is found between benchmark outperformance and occupier satisfaction. The relationship is similar for all sectors of commercial property and is particularly strong during the Global Financial Crisis, indicating that paying attention to satisfying the needs of occupiers has particular benefits during periods when the supply of commercial real estate exceeds demand.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:70005
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited


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