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- June 1, 2018: Vol. 12, Number 6

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Finding a new home: Many investors are looking to broaden their real estate horizons in Europe and find new ways to secure stable long-income assets

by James Buckley

As institutional investors increasingly look to diversify their portfolios to satisfy their returns criteria, the investor universe continues to broaden, becoming more diverse, and with cross-border capital playing a more prominent role.

Within this environment, European residential is increasingly becoming an institutional asset class for two reasons. Firstly, there is rising demand for housing in Europe’s largest cities, fuelling the growth of the sector; and secondly, it helps satisfy investor demand for stable long-income assets.

Multifamily, or PRS as it is known in the UK, now accounts for 14 percent of total real estate investment in Europe and half of all real estate investment activity in Denmark, according to Savills. In Sweden, a third of real estate activity is in residential. Finland, Germany and the Netherlands also have high levels of residential transactions in comparison to other property types. Investment into the sector rose by 143 percent between

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