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What is non-listed real estate?

There are three ways of investing in real estate: direct (buying assets); listed vehicles (on the stock exchange); or non-listed / unlisted vehicles (not on any stock exchange). Non-listed real estate vehicles are less well known, but they provide access to a wide range of opportunities. From funds to joint ventures, non-listed real estate products can take many forms and target a variety of strategies, bringing in returns from different sources.


Why invest in non-listed real estate?


Investing in non-listed / unlisted real estate funds and other vehicles can be just as beneficial (and offers the same level of assurance) as any other real estate investment. Non-listed vehicles are part of both the overall real estate industry and the alternative asset class mix. Why restrict yourself to direct and listed real estate when there are clear benefits to investing in non-listed?



Diversify your real estate portfolio


Access a wider range of sectors and specific markets


Give investors access to specific management expertise


Create bespoke strategies and governance structures


How to invest in non-listed real estate?


Investing in non-listed / unlisted funds and other vehicles is just the same as making any other kind of investment – there is nothing more risky about it. On the contrary – non-listed vehicles are proven to diversify risk and bring in different returns to a portfolio. Investing in non-listed real estate follows a simple process:


Set an investment strategy based on your risk and return expectations, liquidity requirements and investment timetable

Execute against that strategy by choosing the right investment vehicle, style, structure and fund manager

Monitor and report on the progress of the investment


The importance of real estate to the economy

Real estate makes a staggering contribution to Europe’s economy. Commercial property brought in €452 billion to the EU economy in 2019 – significantly larger than either the automotive manufacturing or telecommunications sectors – and 3.1% of the total European economy comes from commercial property. The commercial property sector invests €291 billion each year in building refurbishment and development – along with infrastructure and housing, this represents 63% of all capital investment in the EU. What’s more, real estate directly employs 4.2 million people across Europe – higher than the banking sector, and more jobs than in the automotive and telecommunications sectors combined. In 2020 we co-commissioned an update of the report that explores real estate's role in the European economy.

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