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Impact Investing Institute, Property Funds Research, Homes England and the Investment Property Forum launch ground-breaking report on social housing investment

The Impact Investing Institute, in partnership with Property Funds Research and supported by Homes England and Investment Property Forum, today publish a ground-breaking and comprehensive report detailing the investment case for UK social housing.


The UK continues to experience significant shortages of affordable housing and yet the role of private finance in contributing answers to this need has been under-examined. Currently around 70% of capital raised by Private Registered Providers to invest in social and affordable housing is from private (predominantly debt) financing sources, up from 30-40% in the 2000s, while there are increasing levels of equity investment from institutions in the sector. This authoritative report analyses this investment, and investigates the merits or otherwise of including social and affordable housing assets within institutional investment portfolios.

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AREF Research: The UK Real Estate Funds Industry 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis

AREF Research & Information Committee have commissioned a report, written by Property Funds Research and Real Estate Strategies, and sponsored by Mourant, considering the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the UK Real Estate Funds Industry.


It has been over a decade since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the consequences have been felt across economies and industries around the world. The UK real estate funds industry has been no exception. There is little doubt that behaviours and attitudes to investment and risk from both investors and managers of UK real estate funds have changed over the past 10 years in response to experiences caused by the GFC.


The report examines data from the MSCI/AREF Property Fund Vision Handbook and MSCI/AREF Property Funds Index and covers the central themes of fund investment: the universe; performance; stock selection; liquidity and fees and how these have evolved over the last 10 years.  Part two, due to be published later this year, will examine the future of the AREF funds universe over the next 10 years. 

The investment case for investment in UK social housing

Nick Colley's article on the investment case for institutional investment in UK social housing has been published in the January/February edition of the IPE Real Estate Magazine. The research is part of a larger project sponsored by the Impact Investing Institute and Homes England which will be published later this month.



COVID-19: This is an unprecedented and volatile environment with facts changing on a daily basis. It is important to be clear; nobody knows what the actual impact of COIVID-19 on the global economy will be. And it is likely that this remains the status quo until healthcare experts have provided a way of limiting the spread of the disease. The economic crisis requires the health crisis to be solved first.


UK political parties and UK real estate returns

PFR have decided to take a closer look at whether the commercial property market fares better under one or other political party. Do investment returns depend on who is running the country?


PFR provides Asian fund launch data to Savills in-house magazine

PFR provides Asian fund launch data to Savills in-house magazine prospects: Asia Pacific Real Estate Intelligence. 


PFR launches the PFR Property Review

PFR is pleased announce the launch of the PFR Property Review, a newsletter covering our current research and market views. Click here to download.


BREXIT Comment

Following the Brexit referendum, we are facing a 2-3 year period of political and economic turmoil, which could have major implications for the UK real estate market. Andrew Baum comments


Property Funds Research and Source Central modernize real asset fund marketplace

Friday, January 15, 2016

Property Funds Research (“PFR”) and Source Central have completed a corporate partnership that combines PFR's market-leading real asset vehicle data with Source Central's intuitive web-based platform for institutional investors and fund managers.


PFR work attracts attention at INREV 2014 conference

PFR delivered its quantitative analysis of the characteristics of European non-listed products in comparison to other asset classes and other European real estate products at the 2014 INREV conference in Berlin.

PFR to work with INREV on key strategic research report

Thursday, August 01, 2013

PFR appointed to carry out research project for INREV


PFR and Consilia Capital commissioned by EPRA

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PRF and Consilia Capital commissioned by EPRA to provide research into the use of listed real estate


Property Funds Research Buy-Back

Saturday, October 01, 2011

At 1st October 2011, Feri EuroRating Services transferred the trade and assets of the PFR business, which it bought in 2008, back to Andrew Baum and Jane Fear.


Property Funds Research acquired by Feri EuroRating Services to create a global leader in real estate funds research

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Property Funds Research (PFR), the leading research and information business focused on the global real estate funds market, announced today that it has sold its trade to Feri EuroRating Services AG.