With more and more cross border investment within the Eurozone, a lot of attention is being directed at forming investment strategies that can be applied to funds investing across this broad region. With regard to shopping centres, however, the evidence suggests that this effort is wasted in most cases, because it is impossible to apply the final strategy in practice.
In a typical year only around 50 shopping centres change hands in the whole of continental Europe. Last year it was only 45. To put this in context, around 75 shopping centres change hands each year in the UK alone. Therefore the chances that the right centre will become available at the right time to meet the strategy needs of a particular fund are very small.
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(source: CB Hillier Parker)