Aquila launches strategy for Spanish RE
Aquila Capital has announced the launch of a strategy for institutional investors that will invest in the Spanish residential property market.
The strategy focuses on the construction of residential housing complexes and the conversion of existing properties to residential real estate in the metropolitan regions of Madrid and Barcelona.
Aquila Capital has already identified the first investment and a pipeline of other opportunities.
The strategy is targeting a total return of 155% to 175% after local taxes and costs by the end of its investment term in 2019.
Aquila Capital’s strategy focuses on projects in late phases of their development, usually after acquisition of the building sites and the necessary approvals have been completed. Target investments must also meet comprehensive location criteria, including well-developed infrastructure and good access to regional and long-distance transport.
The first investment identified for the strategy is the largest housing development project in Madrid. Further investment opportunities are at an advanced negotiation stage.
Rolf Zarnekow, head of Real Estate at Aquila Capital, said: “The combination of an economic upswing and improved access to bank financing, is making Spain’s real estate market more attractive to foreign direct investors and strengthens the domestic demand for residential property.”
Having expanded its real estate team in Spain since establishing it in 2012, Aquila Capital has recognised the significant potential of the market from an early stage and has already executed a number of transactions. “Our positive view of the upward trend being seen in the Spanish housing market is shared by renowned industry professionals: In its latest report Bank Credit Analyst has estimated that current price levels are significantly undervalued,” Zarnekow added.