Market update: Q1 BTR investment tops out over £1bn
Build-to-Rent is a clear growth market and we’re quite excited about developments in the UK market and we’re also keeping an eye on what is going on in the Australian market. As an aside, the recent Federal Elections in Australia unexpectedly returned a majority Liberal Government and there is some excitment that the Government might make the tax changes required to stimulate institutional investment in BTR “Down Under”.
Against this context, we were very pleased to read CBRE research last month that indicates a little more than £1bn was invested in the UK BTR sector in the first quarter of 2019. The figure marks a four times increase on the numbers from last year, despite slowdowns elsewhere in the UK real estate market.
Institutional investment into BTR has already translated into over 140,000 homes across the UK which are either completed or in the pipeline, with an increase of 1,981 homes from Q4 2018. More is coming and we are having several discussions with individuals and organisations looking at this option for the sites they have acquired.
Source: Engage CF.
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