DWS launches open-ended European living strategy

DWS has launched its latest institutional, open-ended real estate strategy focused on core residential and living sector assets in Europe’s most established markets. 

The initial allocation will target larger metropolitan living markets with a primary focus on Germany, Nordics, Netherlands, Ireland and France, and a secondary focus on emerging residential and living markets in the UK, Spain and Italy, with ESG integration across the investment process, together with DWS’s overall commitment to the Paris Agreement climate target. 

Clemens Schaefer, Head of Real Estate, APAC/EMEA at DWS, says: “DWS is a leading investor in the living space with a deep knowledge built over more than 15 years of investing in this sector for our clients. Our European residential portfolio is substantial at over six billion euros.”  

He adds: “For core investors looking for income diversification, residential is a great asset sector compared to others, proving defensive at times of market stress.” 

Jessica Hardman, Head of European Portfolio Management at DWS, says: “As residential investments continue to gain importance, our strategic focus will be affordable residential assets in urban and commuter locations in Europe’s major metropolitan areas with strong long term investment fundamentals. As a dominant investor in the living sector, we have a continuous pipeline of strong investment opportunities.” 

DWS’s current beds portfolio spans the full spectrum including a mix of student, Build to Rent, healthcare and hotels in well-connected micro locations across Europe, managed by a local network of investment and asset management professionals. 

“Proven resilience of the sector, along with constrained supply and healthy demand drivers underpin the attractiveness of residential,” says Simon Wallace, Co-Head of Real Estate Research. He concluded: “We see the institutionalisation of the European residential market continuing as investors look toward strategies with stable cash flow through sustained levels of occupancy.” 

DWS has over 50 years of open-ended European fund track record and an established local presence in key European target markets. 

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