• AMST, Amsterdam

    AMST, Amsterdam

  • 8th Lock, Dublin

    8th Lock, Dublin

  • Hyperion, Finland

    Hyperion, Helsinki

Residential property in Europe

In 2019, Union Investment began to build up a significant proportion of residential investments in selected European core markets for its open-ended real estate funds. The aim of this strategy is to contribute to long-term diversification and stabilisation of the funds' performance.

Rental flats remain attractive investment targets, as prices for residential property continue to rise, especially in the metropolises. The trend towards urbanisation and flexibility as well as more single households continues in many European countries and leads to a sustainable demand for rental housing, especially in metropolitan areas.

For us, the core markets for European residential investments are not only the Netherlands but also the Nordic markets, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, as well as Great Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. Our investment strategy is aimed at affordable housing for middle and upper income groups. When considering acquisitions, we give high priority to the sustainability and future viability of the individual properties. Project developments, forward funding or forward purchase transactions as well as existing properties of recent construction are of interest. Individual properties from 50 million euros and larger portfolios are acquired.

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Project Y-Towers, Amsterdam

By the end of 2022, a modern building complex with two towers will be constructed; a residential tower, a congress hotel and serviced flats are planned.

European core markets for our residential investment

  • Netherland
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Spain

Four good reasons for residential investments in European core markets

  • Expansion of the investment spectrum
    Coverage of a wider range of types of use in the demographically strong metropolitan regions of Europe
  • Possibility of diversification
    Risk diversification through small-scale tenant base; low correlation to cyclical developments in the commercial real estate market
  • Resilient asset class
    Sustainable housing as a basic social need generates stable returns, even in times of economic uncertainty.
  • Long-term prospects for value growth
    Demographic factors and Europe-wide trend from home ownership to renting offer good prospects for value growth

You have an interesting investment? Talk to our experts!

Martin Schellein

Martin Schellein

Head of Investment Management Europe
+ 49 40 34919 4161

Friedrich Georg Warmbold

Friedrich Georg Warmbold

Head of Investment Management Residential
+ 49 40 34919 4717

Thomas Bohnstedt

Thomas Bohnstedt

Senior Investment Manager Residential
+ 49 40 34919 4215


Patrick Weil

Patrick Weil

Investment Manager Residential
+ 49 40 34919 4086


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