Institutional Real Estate Europe

June 1, 2013: Vol. 7, Number 6

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Watching and waiting: Like an imminent squall, Solvency II is coming

The European Union’s Solvency I regulations, or the requirements for the amounts of regulatory capital that insurance undertakings must hold against unforeseen events, were sufficiently bland to be almost ineffective. The idea was to harmonise rules on insurance, but vagueness is not generally good regulatory policy, which is why the rewrite, Solvency II, has become a major undertaking with possible real estate market implications. The final detail of this rewrite is not yet known, which is why the implications for real estate investing are also not yet completely clear.


Move it: The logistics sector has always been fast-moving but the pace just picked up

Economies across Europe are in trouble, with persistent low or negative GDP growth, rising unemployment and increasing adversity. The impact of debt and deficit reduction, and related austerity measures, is ever more visible and arguably ever more ineffectual — or is it that they are not doing it right? Yet from the Q1 2013 commercial real estate investment volume numbers just produced by Jones Lang LaSalle, it would seem that the logistics sector is belying this image of negativity.


Good, but could be better: Real estate around the world continues to recover from the global financial crisis, but performance slowed during 2012

Across asset classes, 2012 was the year of strong equity performance, with the MSCI World Index posting a return of more than 15 percent for the year as a whole. Real estate securities markets achieved even stronger performance, at more than 20 percent for most major markets. The results for the direct real estate market show a slowing of momentum during 2012, due largely to lagging capital value growth.


Fasten your seatbelts: It could get bumpy

Asian property markets rebounded surprisingly quickly from their bottom almost immediately following the global financial crisis of the late 2000s. And for the past six years, sentiment has remained relatively bullish. Until now.


REITs find favour with investors

In Europe, investment in real estate securities has been on a steady incline, as real estate investors are attracted to the yields and liquidity of the REIT market, according to research from EPRA, the European Public Real Estate Association.


Asian investors keep the City of London hopping

London continues to be attractive to foreign investors. Overseas investors are scooping up assets such as 30 Crown Place in the City of London, which was recently purchased by Samsung SRA Asset Management, through Cushman & Wakefield Investors, on behalf of South Korean institutional investors.


Office yields across Europe: Been here before

Research from Savills shows that the destabilisation in the European economy has resulted in a CBD office yield gap of up to 550 basis points, when looking at the strongest and weakest markets. The yield shifts suggest that Europe may be returning to pre-euro market characteristics.


Market Focus: Milan, Italy

Located in the north of Italy, Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region and the second largest city in the country, with a population of approximately 1.35 million inhabitants, rising to 5.2 million when considering the wider area. Milan is the leading industrial and commercial city of Italy. It is also the financial hub and home to the Italian Stock Exchange and the country’s largest banks.

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