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2018 at a glance

The Residential Fund at a glance

The Fund has a clear focus on investing in liberalised rental homes, especially in the mid-rental segment in the Bouwinvest core regions. The key words in the investment strategy are quality, affordability and sustainability.

Fund characteristics

  • Largest unleveraged Dutch residential fund

  • Core investment style

  • Long-term average annual Fund return plan of between 5.5% and 7.0%

  • Robust governance structure

  • Investment structure for indefinite period of time

  • Reports in accordance with INREV standards

Fund management

Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors B.V. is the manager and Statutory Director of the Residential Fund. The Bouwinvest Board of Directors is responsible for Bouwinvest’s long-term strategy, as well as the day-to-day management of the organisation itself and its invested capital. Bouwinvest’s Dutch Investments business unit is responsible for all real estate investments in the Netherlands. This business unit has a dedicated asset management team specialised in the residential real estate sector, with experts in acquisition, divestment, exploitation and letting.

Our vision of the Dutch residential market

  • Investors’ appetite is expected to remain high

  • Investors looking further afield, driven by yield compression and lack of supply in key cities

  • Public policies focus on increasing supply of homes

  • Quantitative shortage of homes, as production continues to lag high demand

  • Affordability is on the agenda of the national government and local authorities

  • Both investors and tenants are increasingly focusing on sustainability

  • Number of single-person and elderly households increasing rapidly

  • Urbanisation and ageing driving demographic developments

  • Attractiveness of Dutch housing market is increasing the competition for quality assets

  • Technology and innovations having an increasing impact on the real estate business

Fund strategy

The Residential Fund aims to increase its invested capital to € 7.3 billion by year-end 2021. This will be achieved through targeted acquisitions and positive revaluations. Capitalising on key market developments, the Fund’s strategy focuses on:

  • The Fund’s core regions with a specific focus on the Randstad and Brabantstad conurbations and major cities in the eastern part of the country

  • The liberalised rental sector, with a focus on the mid-rental segment (rents between € 711 and € 1,000) to ensure a supply of affordable homes

  • Apartments for starters, one-person and two-person households and family homes

  • ‘Lifecycle-proof’ homes or residential environments for elderly people

  • Responsible Investment: Continuing the improvement of the Fund’s sustainability performance

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