Asset managers raised
more than €200bn (£175bn) in 2019 to invest in real estate – up 24% on the
amount raised in 2018.
amount, just over €73bn was allocated to investment in Europe, according to the
Capital Raising Survey 2020 published by ANREV, INREV and NCREIF.
funds continued to be the biggest source of equity, making up 30% of
contributions, but their share has fallen each year since 2015, when they
accounted for 46.4%.
companies have been increasing the amount of equity raised each year,
contributing 22.5% of capital raised in 2019.
60% of the equity was invested before the end of the year, leaving €80bn
still to be deployed. This may be problematic for managers and investors as
they adapt their strategies to cope with the global economic shutdown.
investors who might have considered themselves underweight in real estate
before the Covid-19 pandemic could now find themselves overexposed,” said
Lonneke Löwik, chief executive at INREV.
sectors, such as retail and hotels, will likely experience even more turbulent
times ahead. We’re facing a new macro-economic reality that will undoubtedly
prompt a period of strategic reappraisal and asset revaluation.”