What do investors want right now? Which are their preferred opportunities, and what do you need to know about them? This series sums up what one European investment adviser has gathered from his online meetings, conferences and other wanderings.
For over 20 years, my role has offered me the opportunity to visit, almost continuously, property companies, strategic investors, asset managers, analysts, brokers, bankers as well as pension funds or insurance companies throughout Europe. These interactions with the decision-makers of the European real estate industry could take the form of a simple meeting in their office, or roadshows, property tours, investor days, conferences or fairs like MIPIM or Expo Real. First and foremost, these meetings are regular social interactions that enable us to do business and to share views and convictions on the economy and the property markets. Real estate is a handshaking industry – though it feels like a long time since we actually got to do that. Despite meetings now being virtual, the dialogue has continued with investors, and strategic issues are being discussed and addressed.