Institutional Real Estate Europe

July 1, 2013: Vol 7, Number 7

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Market Focus: St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg is located in the north-west of Russia on the River Neva at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. It is the country’s second largest city after Moscow, with a population of approximately 4.9 million inhabitants.


Plenty to go around: Real estate investment strategies are evolving as fundamentals improve

Real estate markets may be reaching a transitional moment. Invesco Real Estate expects improving real estate market fundamentals to emerge in many markets worldwide over the coming years. Should this happen, there would likely be a transition from real estate total returns driven by yield compression, due to the weight of capital flows, to total returns driven by growth in operating income.


In search of a catalyst: What do the US and German experiences tell us about the prospects for an institutional private rented sector in the United Kingdom?

Institutional investors and policymakers are hoping for the emergence of a professionally-managed apartment sector in Britain. They seek to replicate the strong investment performance and diversification benefits demonstrated by the apartment sector in other countries. Do the conditions exist in the United Kingdom for the creation of a new investable property sector? We look at the history of the multifamily residential markets in the United States and Germany as a guide, and conclude that they do.


Beyond the gateway: Cross-border investors dominate capital flows and are starting to look further afield

Cross-border global commercial real estate flows are seeing a growing influence from commodity-backed sovereign wealth funds seeking the traditional benefits of real estate (income and long-term value preservation) and from US capital seeking short-term opportunistic returns from investing in “distress”. In this article, we look at recent global capital trends and focus on the investors who are interested in Europe.


The variety show: There’s more to real estate than just core

If it looks like core and acts like core, then it must be core. Right? The spring conference season has mercifully come to an end, and it is time to look back at the main themes and see if we can find any hint of what managers and investors might do in the second half of 2013.


Fundraising volume slows after big fourth quarter

Fundraising activity dropped sharply during the first quarter of 2013 compared with the high volume posted during last year’s fourth quarter. During the first three months of the year, 21 real estate funds announced final closings, with an aggregate equity haul of $7.6 billion (€5.9 billion).


BlackRock acquires MGPA to create

Big news in the commercial real estate industry as real estate giant BlackRock has agreed to acquire London-based investment advisory company MGPA and all of its assets.

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