Institutional Real Estate Europe

October 1, 2011: Vol. 5, Number 9

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Europe

Moving the Market Forward: Pan-European Property Investment May Only Be in Its Infancy, But Its Diverse Potential Is Clear

Although individual markets have grown and matured, the pan-European property funds market remains small, particularly when compared with the US and UK national markets. Within this context of modest growth, this article explores three key dimensions to the pan-European market: first, the reasons for the slow growth of the market over recent years and why this has started to change; second, some of the main characteristics of the market; and third, the ways in which this market might develop in the future.

Europe

Never a Dull Moment: The Arrival of a New Real Estate Investment Vehicle Adds to German Insurance Company Investment Options

Now that the global financial crisis shows signs of abating, German insurance companies are seeking out new investments. In June 2010, the German insurance regulatory authority, the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungen or BaFin, provided further support for real estate investments via regulated funds by creating a new eligible real estate asset for German insurance companies — the “14c fund”.

Europe

Almost Ready to Go: Europe Has One and Soon Asia Pacific Will Have One, Too

INREV is focused on developing a consistent, industry-wide performance measurement standard for non-listed real estate funds. We believe that this is critical to achieving our objective of creating greater transparency in the industry. The INREV Index, which measures annual performance based on net asset value (NAV), is fast becoming that standard. It is adding significantly to the ability of investors and fund managers to better evaluate their portfolio or fund performance.

Europe

Global Capital Picks Its Spots: Globalization Is the New Normal and Even Offers Risk-Mitigation Benefits

After seeing record deal flow and unbridled enthusiasm throughout the mid-noughts, the party ended quickly. Scars from the global financial crisis were deep and painful memories remain fresh for many. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that real estate transaction activity has been subdued over the last several years by comparison to the go-go days of easy money and extreme leverage. But as the hangover of the global financial crisis fades, real estate capital is once again flowing freely across borders.

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