After a period of rapid development in the years 2021-22, the Polish PRS market is experiencing a setback in terms of the number of both new projects and concluded deals. The participants of the investment panel during Property Forum’s Living Investment Forum 2023 conference in Warsaw tried to discover the reason for such a state of affairs.
Hungarian developer Wing launched its umbrella brand Living 5 years ago. Nine residential development were started, and over 1,200 apartments have been sold so far. The company also has several other developments in the pipeline.
The economical environment for PRS investments in Poland has never been so favourable. However, foreign investors cannot spread their wings because of the general uncertainty, planning difficulties and high debt costs – these are just some of the topics that were covered in a panel discussion with international investors during Living Investment Forum 2022, organised by Property Forum yesterday in Warsaw.
Kamil Kowa, Member of the Board and Head of the Corporate Finance & Valuation Department at Savills Poland, talked to Property Forum about the current slowdown in the Polish residential market, PRS funds' expansion and the forecast for private student accommodation in that country.
According to a survey conducted by Savills involving real estate investors with total EME assets under management exceeding €500 billion, European multifamily, big box logistics, urban logistics, CBD offices and student housing are the top five sectors that investors are looking to invest in over the next 12 months.
Berlin-based Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH has sold two centrally located fully-let residential and student housing assets in Warsaw and Kraków in Poland to institutional investors in Austria and the Netherlands for more than €60 million on behalf of Munich-headquartered AIFM platform Catella Real Estate AG (CREAG).
Piotr Szafarz, Partner, Head of Real Estate in Poland and CEE, Dentons talked to Property Forum about the forecasts for the PRS market in Poland, the impact of the war in Ukraine on the European properties and the expected changes in financing conditions.
Construction of the Római Part residential park by Hungarian developer WING’s umbrella brand Living is already underway just off the riverbank of the Danube in Budapest. The 257-unit complex is the closest residential development of this size to the river.
Property Forum sat down with Piotr Trzciński, Head of Poland and Andrew Allen, Global Head of Research, Product Strategy and Development at Savills Investment Management, to talk about the company’s investment strategy in Europe and Poland in particular. They also talked about Savills IM’s ambition to become net zero by 2040 and the way ESG is shaping future developments in the European commercial real estate sector.
The construction of Park West 3 will start in the second half of 2022. It comprises 230 apartments in the renewed Ferdinánd quarter of the 13th District, and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2025.
The Polish office of the international legal network Eversheds Sutherland will occupy the 18th and partly the 17th floor of the Widok Towers office building in the centre of Warsaw. It will take an area of over 1,400 sqm in the building, owned by Commerz Real fund.
The office space in Warsaw's PZO Factory (owned by White Star Real Estate) has been fully leased. The tenant of approximately 380 sqm on the ground floor of the PZO II building has become the medical company Affidea.
Cuponation GmbH will lease more than 200 sqm in the LIFE Building (formerly Atrium Tower) in Warsaw, which is owned by Austrian company VIG Fund (a part of Vienna Insurance Group). JLL is responsible for the commercialization process of the building. Tenant was represented by CBRE.
DLA Piper’s Prague office has appointed a Corporate partner with a focus on technology Tomáš Ščerba, Real Estate partner Michal Hink and Banking, Finance and Restructuring counsel Leo Javorek.
Following Magdalena Sekuła's resignation from the Supervisory Board of LPP, and the reduction of the number of Supervisory Board members below the statutory minimum, the Supervisory Board appointed Jagoda Piechocka as a Supervisory Board member.
Florin Suicescu has been named COO of Forty Management. With over 30 years of management experience, he has held senior positions in real estate and hotel developments.
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