The residential sector is currently attracting huge interest from those involved in UK real estate. We are seeing major industry players, including overseas investors, turn to new opportunities in this sector, driven by a perfect storm of economic and social factors.
Despite the great potential in this sector, questions continue to be raised regarding yields; adequacy of stock, and whether from a long term investment perspective, commercial and residential property have true equivalence.
In a bid to shed some light on the obstacles to and appetite for investment within the residential real estate sector, we commissioned an in-depth research study into the views of a range of major stakeholders from across the real estate community.
Our findings within this report highlight the compelling case for investment in residential property as an asset class and we believe the sector to be close to a tipping point. Foreign investors have already identified significant opportunities and some commentators indicated that there is a risk UK investors could be left behind if they fail to act quickly. Subsequent research also identified that the evolution of residential property as an asset class is going to require greater mutual understanding and closer co-operation between Government, investors, and Registered Providers (RPs). It also drew attention to new opportunities to invest in deals with RPs (housing associations).