Institutional Real Estate Europe

November 1, 2017: Vol. 11, Number 10

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From the Current Issue


Using knowledge: A value-add approach to real estate investment can bring rewards

In a world of low interest rates, asset prices are booming. Yields are at record low levels for both sovereign and corporate bonds. The cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings ratio for the S&P 500 has only been higher in 1929 and at the peak of the bubble, while the FTSE 100 Index is trading at new record high levels in the range of 7,500.


Transport and infrastructure, the Dutch way

Everyone knows that the key to success in real estate investment is transport, the ease of getting the people who work in an office or go shopping to that location. If that journey is difficult or becomes difficult, then the attraction of that location diminishes.


No more, no less

The latest edition of CBRE’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Rents survey, for H1 2017, shows that Hong Kong continues to be the world’s most expensive office market, with a prime rent of $269.26 per square foot per year ($2,898.29 per square metre per year/€2,469.41 per square metre per year).


Fair value was a long time coming, but it came

Cushman & Wakefield says that its latest quarterly Fair Value Index™, which analyses 122 office, retail and logistics markets across Europe, shows that European real estate is “fairly priced” for the first time since 2009.


Large deals show continuing interest in student housing

The number of students in European countries keeps rising and so do their demands for better student accommodation. Growth and rising demand against limited supply are always factors that will interest investors, and a number of countries have recently seen increased levels of investor and developer activity in domestic student accommodation markets.


Ten years on: The impact of the global financial crisis on European real estate

A decade ago, as many relaxed on their summer holidays over August, a financial crisis began to unfold that resonates loudly to this day. It ushered in an era of low global economic growth and, arguably, has been a contributing factor to the deepening of the economic divide in society and the rising nationalism and disillusionment that has so far resulted in Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.


Take control: Europe has to deal with its problems

Real estate is not a problem for Europe, not yet. So long as buyers, hungry for income-producing investments, are prepared to pay the prices now being asked for property of all kinds in all manner of places and so long as those sellers do not expect easily to be able to replace the asset in the portfolio with something equally good, then real estate markets across Europe will keep moving along quite nicely.

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