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Suggested vs. Actual Institutional Allocattion to Real Estate in Europe: A Matter of Size


  • Martin Hoesli


  • Jon Lekander



The allocation to real estate by institutional investors has increased in recent years and as a result the gap between suggested and actual allocations has narrowed. The increased inflow of capital to the real estate market is suggested to be a function of two factors: An increased focus on absolute return target investments amongst institutional investors and an increased target allocation to real estate. We argue that the increased target allocation is made possible mainly by the development of new investment vehicles, in particular of private real estate funds, but also of the growing integration of economic regions and of other factors such as the development of investment benchmarks. The flows needed for the actual allocation by European institutional investors to match the suggested allocation constitute at least 31% of the real estate equity universe held by owner occupiers. We estimate that seven years would be needed to reach the target allocation, but it is unlikely that sufficient investment opportunities will arise unless the willingness of owner occupiers to outsource their real estate assets increases.

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  • Martin Hoesli & Jon Lekander, 2005. "Suggested vs. Actual Institutional Allocattion to Real Estate in Europe: A Matter of Size," FAME Research Paper Series rp149, International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering.
  • Handle: RePEc:fam:rpseri:rp149

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    1. Youguo Liang & F.C. Neil Myer & James R. Webb, 1996. "The Bootstrap Efficient Frontier for Mixed-Asset Portfolios," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 24(2), pages 247-256.
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    1. Martin Hoesli & Jon Lekander, 2008. "Real estate portfolio strategy and product innovation in Europe," Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 26(2), pages 162-176, March.
    2. Zaleczna Magdalena & Wolski RafaƂ, 2010. "Polish Pension Funds Investment - is There A Place For Real Property in A Portfolio?," Folia Oeconomica Stetinensia, Sciendo, vol. 9(1), pages 151-166, January.

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    real estate allocation; market transparency; private real estate; flows;

    JEL classification:

    • R33 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Nonagricultural and Nonresidential Real Estate Markets
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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