Real Estate Gazette: a focus on how demographics dictate investment opportunities

Issue 22

Real Estate Gazette Series

A very warm welcome to Issue 22 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette.

It is clear that demographics play a part in dictating which investment opportunities are prominent at any point in time. For example, in France, the rise in student numbers has boosted demand for student accommodation in the country, and this fact, combined with the various advantages enjoyed by this asset class, look set to attract a wide number of investors looking for diversification towards contra-cyclic products. Another demographic often noted is the increased proportion of those aged over 65, estimated to constitute 16.2 per cent of the global population by 2050. This will undoubtedly lead to a higher demand for long term care services. In Italy, the provision of such services is changing with family-run providers being forced out of the market by tighter regulation and new entrants being attracted by the relative stability of cash flows and the profitability of the initiatives. Other developments discussed include the rise of the local accommodation establishment in Portugal; the controversy surrounding art as an asset class in the UK; and the qualification of certain real estate assets for REIT purposes in the US .

A selection of articles is below, alternatively you can download the full Real Estate Gazette Issue 21, in two formats:

We do hope you will enjoy reading our views, and if you would like more information on any of the topics featured in this issue, please do get in touch with the authors.

本期通讯

  • Senior housing in China - older and wiser
    10 Nov 2015

    After almost four decades of its single-child policy, China is facing a shortage of families able to care for their elderly relatives. The annual birth rate has fallen from 18.2 per 1,000 people in 1980 to 12.9 in 2015, according to the World Bank.

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  • Student housing as a distinct asset class in France
    10 Nov 2015

    At a time when the student population is rising by around 1.5 per cent each year in France - this figure including an increasing number of overseas students attracted by recent amendments to immigration laws and cheap tuition - the need for special housing has escalated substantially over the last five years.

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  • Long term care - a safe bet for investors
    10 Nov 2015

    The structure of the world’s population is undergoing significant change. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forecasts that globally the proportion of those aged over 65 in the population will more than double to 16.2 per cent by 2050, with the percentage of people aged 80 and over trebling.

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  • Controversy when art becomes a real estate asset class
    10 Nov 2015

    This summer saw two local authorities in London tussling over Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman (commonly known as Old Flo) as one of them looked at raising £20 million by selling the sculpture. Now, an attempt to regenerate Folkestone on the South East coast of England by the promotion of creativity and the arts has ended up in the High Court.

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  • Partnerships between the public and private sectors in Dubai
    10 Nov 2015

    Dubai Law No. 22 of 2015 Regulating Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors (PPPs) in the Emirate of Dubai was published in the Official Gazette on 20 September 2015 and will become law on 19 November 2015. This much anticipated new Law will make the implementation of PPPs in Dubai a much more realistic prospect.

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