ESG investing has taken off to such an extent in the past decade that it is now increasingly found to be a mainstay principle for institutional investors’ portfolios, as opposed to a “nice to have”.
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Lockdowns and fear, induced by the world’s first pandemic in 100 years, are beginning to fade in conjunction with unprecedented leaps in human ingenuity and endeavour. Rapid advances in science and technology enabled the fastest approval and rollout of new vaccines in history. Consensus estimates peg global vaccination to reach 70 percent of the population by the end of 2022.
In December last year, Heitman announced the acquisition of All Seasons, a self-storage platform based in northwestern Germany. The manager’s entry into the German market followed a steady pattern of self-storage provider purchases in the UK over a 12-month period from October 2020.
Despite all the talk of flexible working and hybrid models, a corporate “new normal” has yet to be formally established. According to a McKinsey & Company survey, 68 percent of organisations have not yet communicated a detailed plan for the return of staff to offices.
The Empira Group has closed its Empira Residential Invest fund with a total volume of €1.3 billion.
Although the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is occurring at an uneven pace across the globe, capital flows into real estate are recovering quickly.
Office assets in major metropolitan markets that prioritise sustainability and wellness credentials will be in extremely high demand this year as investors race to secure new properties.
UK pension schemes are increasingly turning to investment into sectors that have the ability to improve society in general.
European and US cities are bouncing back at a faster pace from the COVID-19 crisis than those in the Asia Pacific region.
Emerging logistics markets in Europe stand to further benefit from changes in supply-chain plans over 2022.
Inflation concerns continue to dominate investor thinking, but a number of managers have cautioned that there is no need to overpay for inflation hedges or prepare portfolios for runaway inflation.
Refurbish or rebuild? That is the question dominating many net-zero discussions about commercial real estate. This also applies to the climate footprint of residential properties. Is the energy refurbishment of the housing stock sufficient to achieve the required reductions of greenhouse-gas emissions? Or are more new buildings required?
We’re in the process of relaunching IREI.Q, the latest version of Institutional Real Estate, Inc’s proprietary database, which has been 26 years in the making. First launched in 1996, IREI.Q (along with its earlier incarnations) is the longest continuously operating database on institutional real estate investing in the market.