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Alicia Villegas

Alicia Villegas is a reporter with Real Estate Capital, based in PEI Media’s London office. Her primary role is to provide news and analysis of the European real estate finance markets. Prior to joining PEI Media in 2017, she was Iberia Correspondent at InvestmentEurope, covering the asset management industry, with a focus on fund sectors. Previous roles have included reporting on the international seafood industry for Undercurrent News.
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Repurposing older commercial real estate assets to suit housing needs will present investment opportunities globally.
Attracted by long-term income returns, investors are increasingly looking at growing markets for purpose-built rental housing.
The strategy can reduce void periods via faster leases, while occupiers can benefit from greater levels of service and flexibility.
Real estate managers explain why a tenant-focused approach to managing properties is crucial to enhancing value in these difficult times.
The covid-driven need to improve or convert assets alongside increased dry powder in the value-add space has created the perfect storm for lenders.
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Insufficient staffing and a lack of opportunities are cited as key obstacles.
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Although the strategy is not front of mind for most investors, a new type of manager-led deal is set to attract more institutional capital.
The use of these facilities is expected to grow and, while most investors accept their use, a significant cohort have concerns.

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