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