Europe’s residential sector continues to grow at a very rapid rate, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, due to strong market fundamentals and stable income returns. Across the continent, investors are increasing their exposure to the asset class to spread risk across their real estate portfolios. Join Julie Cruz, React News Europe editor, and a panel of industry experts as we look at how the sector has moved from alternative to core and why it is perceived as a safe haven by institutional investors.
The discussion will cover:
• What are the long-term trends driving the market?
• What are the markets most at risk of a housing bubble?
• Which markets are becoming more institutionalised?
• What returns can investors expect from European housing strategies?
• Is the regulatory environment favourable to investments?
• What do income returns look like vs capital growth?
• Can we expect big M&A deals?
• How will forward funding development opportunities drive the sector?
• How are investors integrating ESG criteria into their residential strategies?
Managing Director at Catella Residential
Xavier Jongen started analysing housing and capital market fundamentals while working for World Bank/IMF/EU structural adjustment programmes to liberalise socialist housing markets in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Russia, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was the first to introduce a pan-European residential investment fund, in 2007, for Catella Residential’s predecessor company Bouwfonds. The fund now has more than €4.8bn in assets under management, across nine countries and nine subsegments. He also set up a dedicated Alliance network to manage the portfolios across the continent. Xavier has held various ancillary positions as a public speaker for the European Commission in Brussels, and was chair of the first INREV Public Affairs committee. He currently co-chairs the first ULI European Residential committee.
Co-CIO at Heimstaden AB
Christian Fladeland joined Heimstaden in January 2019. Alongside setting the group investment team of 13 real estate investment specialists – as well as local Czech, Dutch, German and Polish investment teams – focus has been on expanding the business by spurring growth in five new markets, while doubling assets under management from €7.2bn to €17.7bn.
With a business strategy including identification of potential value creation, through extensive macro analyses, as well as active focus on every single asset aspect from market trends to ESG and customer satisfaction, the aspiration is to create a best-in-class international investment and asset management platform.
Head of Multifamily Investment, EMEA Capital Markets at JLL
Gemma is responsible for Multifamily Investment in the EMEA Capital Markets team at JLL.
She advises on complex individual asset sales and portfolios throughout Europe and has built strong client relationships from her broad experience in the European real estate market.
Gemma’s previous role was a senior director in the EMEA office capital markets business.
CEO at QSix Germany
Jörg joined QSix in 2015 as CEO of QSix’s German operations, which lead the asset management of Phoenix Spree Deutschland, the LSE-listed German residential property fund for whom QSix is property adviser. Prior to joining QSix Jörg was co-CEO for GSW Immobilien, Berlin’s largest residential property company, where he played an integral part in the IPO of GSW in 2011 and its subsequent combination with Deutsche Wohnen in 2013. During his eight years at GSW, Jörg oversaw the growth of the business, including a number of capital raisings and the acquisition of more than 15,000 residential units. Jörg holds an “Immobilienökonom” from the European Business School and is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.