Mexico Construction Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Construction & Real Estate from The Report: Mexico 2018

Traditionally a barometer of a Mexico’s economic health, the construction sector saw investment slow in 2017 as a result of a dip in public spending on infrastructure works and uncertainty among private investors over the possible outcome of the renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement. This could further push up the already rising costs of materials brought by the February 2018...

Driven by an ongoing process of economic opening since the 1990s, Mexico has established a solid macroeconomic base. Structural reforms have improved the country’s trade flows, helped to soften the impact of a gradual slowdown in hydrocarbons production and exports, and enabled manufacturing-led economic diversification and regional integration.

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In 2018 Mexico’s economy ranked second in Latin America and 15th in the world in terms of GDP, which totalled $1.22trn, according to the World Bank. In 2019 the newly elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pushed ahead with efforts to meet his pledge to tackle corruption and implement austerity measures within the government, to reduce costs and curb excessive expenditures.

 

In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of humanity was living in urban areas. Perhaps most remarkable about this trend is the speed at which it has happened: as recently as 1900 urban areas accounted for 13% of the population. Towns and cities are seen as the crucibles of opportunity for many rural dwellers.

 

Tragedy struck in September 2017, when two earthquakes killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars of damage to public and private property in Mexico City and the states of Guerrero, México, Morelos, Oaxaca and Puebla. The second, 7.1-magnitude quake on September 19, damaged approximately 40,000 houses and toppled 44 buildings in...

 

In 2017 Mexico saw record occupancy in real estate. Despite uncertainty surrounding the potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), import duties imposed by the US in May 2018 and the new presidential administration, the sector is expected to remain strong. Competitiveness as a manufacturing hub and job growth...

 

Traditionally a barometer of a Mexico’s economic health, the construction sector saw investment slow in 2017 as a result of a dip in public spending on infrastructure works and uncertainty among private investors over the possible outcome of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This could further push up the...

 

What are the principal drivers of growth in the industrial real estate segment?