Amenabar Joins Forces with Ares to Invest €110M in Construction of 400 Build-to-Rent Homes

17 January 2020 – El Confidencial

Amenabar Promociones has signed the largest build-to-rent operation to date in Spain with the fund Ares. Together, they are going to invest more than €110 million in the construction of more than 400 rental homes in Valdebebas, Madrid.

The homes are going to be built on a plot that Amenabar acquired at the end of 2019 from Ferrovial for €56 million. The Basque, family-owned, property developer made its debut in Madrid’s residential market five years ago and handed over more than 1,000 new homes last year. In 2020, it plans to increase that figure to almost 1,600, a volume that it hopes to maintain for the next couple of years, which will see it outperform many of its listed competitors.

With this operation, Amenabar is following in the footsteps of companies such as Aedas, Metrovacesa, Quabit, Momentum and Urbas, which have all committed to projects in the build to rent sector in recent months.

Meanwhile, Ares has become one of the most active funds in this segment of the market. For example, Aedas is going to build 500 rental homes for Ares (€70 million); and Metrovacesa is going to construct another 121 homes for the fund (€29 million).

The appeal of the segment lies in the attractive returns that rental homes are currently generating. In Q2 2019, the average gross yield on rental homes across Spain amounted to 3.9%, according to official data from the Bank of Spain, which is much higher than the return on bonds and other prime real estate assets, such as offices and high street premises. Moreover, various cities and neighbourhoods offer even higher returns e.g. Madrid Capital (5.06%) and the Villaverde neighbourhood (8.43%).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Spain’s Build-to-Rent Sector Found its Stride in 2019

4 January 2020 The build-to-rent sector is taking off in Spain. A series of large players are piling into the market, and the sector is no longer considered a niche investment. One of the first deals of 2019 came when Metrovacesa announced the sale of 121 new-build homes to the rental operator Ares for 29 million euros. The homes belong to two residential developments in Arganda del Rey and the Spanish capital of Madrid, with deliveries planned for the end of 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The developer Aedas Homes also reached an agreement with Ares to build 500 rental homes. Aedas will lead construction and sales in return for a payment of 70 million euros from Ares.

In October, Aurea Homes and the socimi Vivenio agreed to a 150-home development in Móstoles as well. The project is Vivenio’s second foray into the build-to-rent sector after it negotiated a 370-home development with Azora in Cañaveral, Madrid.

Just this November, ASG also jumped into the fray when it acquired a 300-flat project San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid in a €40-million investment.

El sector de construir de ‘build to rent’ está despegando en España. Una serie de grandes investidores se están entrando en el mercado, y el sector ya no se considera una inversión de nicho. Una de las primeras ofertas de 2019 se produjo cuando Metrovacesa anunció la venta de 121 viviendas de nueva construcción al operador de alquiler Ares por 29 millones de euros. Las viviendas pertenecen a dos desarrollos residenciales en Arganda del Rey y la capital Madrid, con entregas previstas para finales de 2020 y 2021, respectivamente.

La inmobiliaria Aedas Homes también llegó a un acuerdo con Ares para construir 500 viviendas de alquiler. Aedas liderará la construcción y las ventas a cambio de un pago de 70 millones de euros de Ares.

En octubre, Áurea Homes y la socimi Vivenio también acordaron un desarrollo de 150 viviendas en Móstoles. El proyecto es la segunda incursión de Vivenio en el sector build to rent después de negociar un proyecto de 370 viviendas con Azora en Cañaveral, Madrid.

ASG también se lanzó a la refriega cuando adquirió un proyecto de 300 pisos en San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, con una inversión de 40 millones de euros.

Original Story: Idealista

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner

Aedas Hires JLL to Sell Portfolio of Rental Homes

17 December 2019 – Aedas Homes announced that it would sell a 1,300-home turnkey project for rental homes. The developer is currently looking for one or more investors to carry out the operation, the largest so far in Spain.

The firm has chosen up to 10 developments throughout Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Alicante and Granada. According to estimates, the transaction would bring in 325 million euros to Aedas’s coffers. JLL is advising on the potential sale.

Should Aedas finalise the sale, it would be the firm’s second disposal of build-to-rent assets. Earlier this year, Aedas sold a portfolio of 500 homes to Ares Management.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Urbas to Allocate Land to Residential Build-to-Rent Sector

16 December 2019 –

The Urbas real estate group is planning a series of new investments in the residential rental housing market. The firm is considering using some of its 18-million-square-meter portfolio of land for build-to-rent developments.

The firm is currently analysing potential opportunities, including participation in the Ministry of Development’s State Housing Plan 2018-2021, which was designed to stimulate the rental housing sector.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investments in the Build-to-Rent Sector Skyrocket in 2019

21 November 2019 – Investment funds and socimis active in the Spanish real estate market are increasingly investing in the residential build-to-rent sector. The constrained supply of rental housing and growing prices have led to funds and socimis like Ares, Vivenio, Azora and others to pile into the growing market.

Direct investment in the year to September reached €1.8 billion and are forecast to total €2.5 billion by the end of the year. In 2018, investment for the year as a whole reached just 900 million euros.

Funds and Socimis Invest in New Developments

The of the larger operations this year include a partnership between Aedas and Ares to sell four turn-key developments, with a total of 500 homes, in Torrejón de Ardoz, Alcalá de Henares and El Cañaveral (Madrid). Ares also recently acquired a portfolio of 400 homes to the east of Madrid. Stoneweg, for its part, will transfer a 300-flat development in Tetuán, Madrid, to M&G, while Vivenio is investing in a 340-home project in the growing area of Mahou-Calderón.

At the same time, Vivenio and Azora have joined forces with Áurea to develop projects in Móstoles and Cañaveral. Acciona, meanwhile, has finalised a deal to build 135 homes with Axa in Méndez Álvaro. Lastly, TPG is investing in a 391-home development called the Sardes project.

Financing for the developments usually takes the form of either forward funding or forward purchases. The former, which is used by investors looking for higher returns, and risk, usually involves an investor acquiring land from a developer subject to a pre-let but where the development has not been carried out. The developer will construct development paid for by the fund with an additional, profit-related, payment to the developer at completion. Forward purchases, which are considered more conservative, have the developer assume all costs until delivery.

Original Story: Expansión – Rebeca Arroyo

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Vivenio Partners With Áurea Homes to Build Rental Housing

24 October 2019 – Áurea Homes, the developer owned by the construction company ACR, has reached an agreement with Vivenio to build a turnkey project with 150 homes in Móstoles. Áurea had initially owned the land, but it sold it to Vivenio after having completed the first phase.

This operation will be Áurea second in the rental housing segment. The developer is also about to finalise an agreement to build another 400 rental rent homes in four new developments, including two in Madrid, one in Pamplona and one in Sabadell.

With this operation, Vivenio’s property portfolio will total nearly 5,000 homes.

Original Story: Cinco Días – Alfonso Simón Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Acciona Sells a 135-Home Development in Madrid to Axa

20 March 2019 – Idealista

Acciona has completed the sale of a residential development in the Méndez Álvaro area of Madrid to the insurance company Axa. The project, which is going to be constructed under the ‘build to rent’ formula, will comprise 135 rental homes distributed over ten floors.

The property will have a swimming pool, gym and terrace, as well as one parking space and one storeroom per home. The construction work is expected to be completed in December 2020.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake