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Investors set to increase allocations to real estate in 2018

16 January 2018, London – Fifty six percent of global investors plan to increase their exposure to real estate over the next 24 months, targeting an average 10.2% of total capital allocation. This would amount to a minimum commitment of just over €51 billion this year. Data from the global Investment Intentions Survey 2018, published today by INREV, ANREV and PREA, suggest continued positive sentiment toward real estate in general, and non-listed real estate in particular. The survey reinforces a continuing favourable upward trend. Regionally, investors from Europe are expected to make the most significant allocations to real estate, accounting for 57.7% of total investment capital in 2018. North American investors will likely commit 25.2%, while those from Asia Pacific are forecasting 17.1%. Europe is also the regional destination of choice likely to attract an anticipated 41.2% of allocated capital, followed by the Americas (35.2%) and Asia Pacific (17.4%). However, given that more than half of this allocation will come from Europe the region could see a net outflow, while the Americas could see a net inflow, of capital.

Extension overtakes liquidation as top form of fund termination

A total of 47 European non-listed real estate funds are scheduled to terminate between now and 2019, returning a potential €8.5 billion to the market, according to new research from INREV, the European Association for investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles. The Funds Termination Study 2017 also found that, for the first time in four years, extension has overtaken liquidation as the preferred strategy when it comes to termination decisions.

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Total value of global real estate AUM surges by 20%

The total value of real estate assets under management (AUM) reached €2.4 trillion in 2016, up 20.1% on the €2 trillion peak achieved the previous year, based on an increase in the sample size of the global Fund Manager Survey 2017. The joint report by INREV, ANREV and NCREIF, also revealed significant growth in the average AUM of the top 50 global real estate fund managers with a 14.9% uplift from €35.6 billion in 2015 to €40.8 billion.

Netherlands outperformance boosts total real estate returns in Europe

The Netherlands posted the strongest non-listed real estate performance on record with total returns of 14%, according to the INREV Annual Index 2017. Despite this boost, annual returns across Europe dropped to 6.0% in 2016 from a nine-year high of 9.7% in the previous year. Much of the fall was driven by weaker performance in Q2 and Q3 which stemmed from much lower valuations in the UK during the turmoil of a Brexit referendum.