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German and UK Investor Universe Studies published

These two editions of the Investor Universe Study focus on investors domiciled in Germany and the UK. The studies look at real estate’s role in Germany and the UK’s institutional investment market, describing the overall investment landscape as well as investigating investors’ motivations for holding real estate, and the ways these are being implemented. 

German investors look to real estate for enhanced returns and stable income returns 


Key highlights of German study include: 

  • Insurance companies dominate the investor landscape
  • German investors have increased their allocation to real estate during the last ten years and plan to expand it even further, but the availability of suitable products is the main challenge
  • Enhancing returns and stable income returns are key reasons to invest in real estate
  • German investors are willing to invest in riskier real estate assets

Real Estate is favored by UK investors, particularly in its low risk forms


Key highlights of UK study include: 

  • UK pension fund allocations to real estate appear lower than in other European countries
  • The high and stable level of income return is a key attraction for UK investors as are its diversification benefits
  • Long income funds are increasingly favored by UK investors
  • A main challenge for the real estate industry is to find a way for Defined Contribution pension funds to invest in the asset class

These studies form part of a series of 8 country specific studies which explore the institutional investor landscape and the size of the institutional universe. The Finnish, Swedish and Dutch editions will follow. 

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Investor Universe Germany Study 2019  

Published on 25 Jun 2019

The German edition of the Investor Universe Study focuses on investors domiciled in Germany. The study looks at real estate’s role in German institutional investment, describing the overall investment landscape as well as investigating investors’ motivations for holding real estate and the ways these are being implemented. 

Investor Universe United Kingdom Study 2019  

Published on 25 Jun 2019

The UK edition of the Investor Universe Study focuses on investors domiciled in the United Kingdom. The study looks at real estate’s role in UK institutional investment, describing the overall investment landscape as well as investigating investors’ motivations for holding real estate and the ways these are being implemented.