Institutional Real Estate Europe

September 1, 2013: Vol. 7, Number 8

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Fulfilling a need

In the United States, institutional investors love the multifamily investment sector. Typically owned by REITs, these large complexes are professionally managed, feature attractive amenities and have the ability to raise and lower rents on an annual — and sometimes monthly — basis as demand ebbs and flows.


Market focus: Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart, located in the south-west of Germany, an hour’s drive north of the Black Forest, is the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.


Fundraising round-up

Investment managers throughout Europe had a busy summer as commercial real estate funds approached their targets and held closings at various stages.


Debt, tax and regulation — who will survive?

These are changing, challenging times. The five years of market turmoil since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008 have been associated with the stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, depression and resolution — although not always in that order.


In central Europe, Poland is the place to be

Real estate investment activity has been ramping up in Poland, which is distinguishing itself as the most attractive market in central Europe. The country attracted nearly 72 percent of the €631 million invested in central Europe in the second quarter.


Chinese insurer buys trophy asset in London

China’s Ping An Insurance Group has acquired the iconic Lloyd’s Building in the City of London submarket for £260 million (€297 million) from a German closed-end fund managed by Commerz Real, which purchased the building in 2005 for £231 million (€264 million).


Whisper it quietly: Are those green shoots of recovery over there?

Any gardener will tell you that the trouble with green shoots is that a climatic event can come along and snuff them out just as they emerge. Recent weeks, however, have seen a better quarterly GDP growth number from the United Kingdom and a growing belief that the number can be sustained, that a corner has been turned, that recovery is underway.

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