There has always been a fine line between real estate and infrastructure, but these days, it’s looking increasingly blurred. Ask most commentators about this shifting boundary and the message is broadly the same: There has never been a more important time for investors to scrutinise the two asset classes and weigh up their respective benefits at a portfolio level.
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Fundraising in European-focused real estate funds has matured in the last two decades. Capital can be put to work across an ever-widening range of strategies, structures, risk and return profiles, and geographies. From listed to unlisted, and from equity to debt funds — the range covered within these parameters is considerable.
Most asset types have assigned park- ing areas, be they larger underground garages or smaller individual spaces. But are they being used to their maximum potential?
Private equity real estate investors have the option of investing in the asset class through two common structures: open-end “ever-green” funds and closed-end, fixed-life funds.
Megafund activity dominated European capital raising headlines throughout the late summer.
South Korean investment in the UK com- mercial property market hit £1.1 billion (€1.2 billion) in the first half of 2018 and could surpass £4 billion (€4.4 billion) by the end of the year.
As the retail landscape evolves at break- neck speed, the growing use of new analysis techniques are helping inves- tors to keep pace and scrutinise retail proper- ties with more reliable data.
For many, artificial intelligence (AI) is noth- ing more than a buzzword. The same can be said for blockchain or machine learning. Yet these technologies have already impacted the real estate industry, offering numerous advantages and leaps in efficiency, particularly in the area of asset management. Thanks to AI-based asset platforms and an abundance of data, opportunities for profitable investments are now just a mouse click away.
It has been two years since the pivotal and historic Brexit vote. Since then we have witnessed various political manoeuvres, but little concrete evidence of a plan that shows how the United Kingdom will manage its exit from the EU.