Institutional Real Estate Europe

December 1, 2014: Vol. 8, Number 11

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Market Focus: Brno, Czech Republic

The Moravian capital of Brno lies at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers. It is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Economic recovery is taking a firm hold in the Czech Republic, with GDP expected to grow by 2.4 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2015.


What's going on? European real estate markets are saying one thing, European economies another

It’s a definite dichotomy, this marked difference between the behaviour and performance of real estate markets across Europe — there is talk after the three quarters just finished that 2014 could be the best year for transaction activity since 2007 — and European economies, where growth is anaemic, inflation is heading for deflation, and the talk is not so much of “best” as of “worst”.


To be a pilgrim: What comes next for contrarians?

It is a truism that those who consider themselves to be contrarians generally don’t work for institutional investors or investment managers who are the pillar of the establishment. It is recognised, though, that some form of early-mover positioning can be an effective way of producing long-term alpha. In terms of investment behaviour, however, the image for a contrarian is one of an unconventional, against-the-herd maverick, someone prepared to entertain business, reputational or career risk — or all three! — in pursuit of an outperformance strategy.


A foreign affair: Various factors are pulling, and pushing, Asian investors into overseas real estate markets

Asian investors have been buyers of real estate on a global scale for more than five years, and the trend only looks set to continue. But they are changing their tune in terms of what they are seeking when they talk to property fund managers, investment advisers and the brokers that help them invest directly.


Staying connected, even in Europe's no-go zones

The annual EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association) conference in September covered what you’d expect — future prospects and opportunities for commercial real estate, investor insights and global trends in listed funds.


Germany steps up to the plate

Transaction volume in Germany increased by 33 percent in the third quarter to €25.5 billion, according to Colliers International Germany, with more than half — €13 billion — of the investment volume targeting six markets: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart.


Dutch fund to invest in residential mortgages instead of bonds

The pension fund for Douwe Egberts, a multinational tea and coffee producer, will invest €75 million in Dutch residential mortgages and will make a corresponding reduction in its investment in government bonds in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria.


Mega-funds continue to dominate fundraising

After pulling in two-thirds of investor capital raised in fund closings during the first half of 2014, mega-funds (raising at least $1 billion, or €800 million) are at it again, with just four funds pulling in 56.5 percent of the more than $20 billion (€16 billion) in fund closings during the third quarter.


Natixis sells Paris office

Natixis has sold its Paris area office, Liberté et Coupole, in a sale-and-leaseback transaction for €162 million to Foncière des Régions.

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