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European allocations to non-listed property funds to grow significantly, says INREV

Investors in key European markets are expected to increase their allocations to non-listed real estate funds by 39.2 per cent over the next three years, according to INREV's Investor Universe Comparison Study.

Real estate allocations will grow on average by 27 per cent across seven European markets: Germany, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, and Italy.

German investors will lead this expansion with allocations expected to increase by 43.9 per cent, followed by France at 37.7 per cent.

The UK and Sweden also show strong increases in appetite for real estate.

Non-listed real estate funds are the second most preferred form of real estate investment amongst the seven countries.

Casper Hesp, director of research and market information at INREV, says: "The outlook for non-listed real estate funds in Europe is positive as investors seek to increase their overall allocation to real estate. Many of the key European markets we looked at during our Investor Universe series revealed an interest in non-domestic real estate investment and non-listed property funds are still the best option for international diversification.

"Italy has the highest average allocation to non-listed real estate funds (34.2 per cent of total investment in real estate) but it is still primarily a domestic market so it will be interesting to see how it will develop.

"Although investors have shared concerns regarding the lack of control around non-listed real estate funds, the increased activity and interest across these key markets will make it easier for investors to access expert and specialist management in order to break into new markets and sectors."

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