Real estate can produce income like a bond, enjoy capital appreciation like an equity, and derive returns from both capital and income cycles.
We believe that real estate warrants consideration in most investment strategies. Long-term investment objectives mean that investors have increasingly recognized that real assets have the potential to provide good diversification and an attractive risk/return profile.
State Street Global Advisors Europe has been providing real estate asset management services to institutional investors since 1981 and currently manages circa €1.4bn1 in direct and indirect real estate assets located in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe.
The Real Estate team, based in Dublin, manages portfolios comprising more than 90 buildings with in excess of 300 leases/licences, and a combined rent roll of c. €65m per annum1. The portfolios are primarily invested in the three main sub-sectors of the market, comprising offices, retail and logistics buildings.
At State Street Global Advisors Europe, we adopt a fundamental approach to real estate as an asset class. With our extensive relationship networks within local markets we are well positioned to assess the relative value of the asset class and identify the macroeconomic forces that are likely to influence returns across both geographies and sectors of the market.
This approach is central to our process of developing portfolio strategies which are in turn implemented by our experienced team of real estate professionals.
As no two properties are the same, our formula for delivering performance to clients is through the identification and exploitation of opportunities to add value to the assets that we manage.
The type of projects our team is actively involved with on a daily basis include lease buybacks/re-gears, building refurbishments, letting management, rent review negotiations together with the development and implementation of buy/sell/hold strategies for individual assets.
The case for including real estate in a balanced portfolio stems from the low, and sometimes negative, correlation it offers relative to other major asset classes, thus aiming to lower portfolio volatility and seeking to enhance returns on a risk adjusted basis.
Potential for Strong and Stable Income Returns
The income return from a real estate portfolio is derived from the rent roll produced by the underlying assets and is an integral part of the overall return offered by the asset class, typically providing a premium over bond yields. We believe the more diversified a real estate portfolio is in terms of sectors, geographies and lease expires, typically the more stable the income stream.
Offers an Efficient Hedge Against Inflation
In times of economic growth and rising inflation, real estate occupational markets tend to benefit from increased competition for space which in turn drives rental values. As capital values are a function of both existing income streams and future reversions, the asset class could offer an efficient hedge against rising inflation.
An Investment Backed by Real Assets
Unlike most other major asset classes an investment in real estate involves an investment in physical assets of bricks, mortar and land. This means that even when tenants vacate buildings the real estate investor continues to hold an asset which can be re-let, refurbished or redeveloped with a view to recovering or possibly enhancing value.
The team of dedicated property professionals has over 100 years’ combined experience in the industry.
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Investing in REITs involves certain distinct risks in addition to those risks associated with investing in the real estate industry in general. Equity REITs may be affected by changes in the value of the underlying property owned by the REITs, while mortgage REITs may be affected by the quality of credit extended. REITs are subject to heavy cash flow dependency, default by borrowers and self-liquidation. REITs, especially mortgage REITs, are also subject to interest rate risk (i.e., as interest rates rise, the value of the REIT may decline).
The value of any Properties acquired may rise or fall and may do so at different rates. The property market is cyclical and a loss could be incurred if any Property was to be sold during a downturn. Property is an illiquid asset class and delays could occur in realising the sale of any Property. The Net Asset Value of a Fund may fluctuate as property values and rental incomes rise and fall. Whilst returns from Property investments have the potential for attractive returns over the longer term, the short-term volatility of these returns can also be high. Property is a physical asset and as such is subject to obsolescence and environmental risks, such as earthquakes, pollution, flooding etc. which will impact on value.
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