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Institutional actors and residential capital flows in the London, Paris, and Amsterdam markets.
  • Publication Type:
    Conference presentation
  • Authors:
    Sanderson D, Livingstone N
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    European Real Estate Society
  • Conference place:
    Milan and online
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  • Addresses:
    Nicola Livingstone
    Bartlett Schoolof Planning, UCL
    Bartlett Schoolof Planning, UCL
    Central House
    WC1H 0NN
    United Kingdom
This research explores the scale and nature of international and domestic investment flows in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, the three cities under investigation in the ESRC-funded ORA research project “What is Governed in Cities” (2019-2022). The focus is primarily on residential investment, although other sectors are included for context. Using data provided by Real Capital Analytics/MSCI and other sources, we compare market churn and trends related to capital flows, existing residential investment, and new housing developments. The paper draws on literature from a variety of theoretical approaches to frame the investment flows across the three cities, considering financialisation literature (van Loon & Aalbers, 2017; Guirronet et al., 2016; Pike & Pollard, 2016), institutionalist perspectives (Adams and Tiesdell, 2010; Theurillat et al., 2015), the internationalisation of the real estate market (Fuerst et al., 2015; Falkenbach, 2009) and investment literature more broadly (Newell, 2016; Barras, 2009). Incorporating interviews with developers and investors, we analyse the key actors and locations for institutional investment across a 15-year time horizon (2005-2020) and highlight ways in which institutional investors have contributed to the creation and recreation of the urban form across the geographies of our three case study cities. The paper broadly examines investment trends and flows, as well as more detailed reflections on the specific strategies of particular investors. The presentation will reflection on these trends, in addition to a selection of the strategic narratives around the types of investor that are present across our European case studies of the residential market. The variations in regulation and governance, market knowledge, and local real estate context across London, Paris, and Amsterdam offer interesting insights into these investment actors and processes.
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