• Fact

    Fact

    Insurers and pension funds invest in real estate so that they can meet their long-term liabilities towards European pensioners and savers.

  • Fact

    Fact

    Real estate investment in rental housing, offices, retail space and logistics facilities helps redevelop urban areas and revitalise communities.

  • Fact

    Fact

    The commercial real estate sector contributes 2.5% of European GDP, employs over 4 million people and involves the participation of nearly a quarter of all SMEs.

Who we are

The European Real Estate Forum is an informal alliance of organisations with an interest in institutional investment in European real estate, including investors, fund and asset managers, property professionals and property companies

About Real Estate Investment

Real estate investment diversifies portfolios and delivers the returns needed by (institutional) investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, to fund pension and insurance obligations. These long-term investments provide a critical contribution to the real economy in Europe.

Commercial property contributed EUR 312 billion to the EU economy in 2014, in fact, 2.5% of European GDP, and directly employs 3.8 million people – more jobs than in the banking sector and more than in automotive and telecomunications sectors combined.

Half of all commercial property is leased to businesses that need the flexibility of renting rather than owning their premises. The EU commercial property sector supplies 3.5 billion m2 of floor space to business.

Property, both residential and commercial, is critical to achieving the EU’s sustainability targets. They offer huge energy-saving potential through investment of around EUR 60 billion per year – a major source of economic activity.Investment in new commercial property buildings and the refurbishment and development of existing buildings on average totals nearly EUR 249 billion each year – representing over 10% of total investment in the European economy.

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