A Credit Suisse Group bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG/STEFAN WERMUTH
A Credit Suisse Group bank branch in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: BLOOMBERG/STEFAN WERMUTH

Credit Suisse Group has become the latest lender to bet on Europe’s booming rental housing sector.

The Swiss bank’s asset management arm is teaming up with real estate investor MARK to acquire and manage residential properties in city centres, according to a statement on Tuesday.

The DOMA venture seeks to raise an initial €350m, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the funding details are private.

The partnership will first target a portfolio of single homes and small apartments across Germany and the Netherlands, where it already manages about 700 homes, according to the statement. DOMA eventually aims to build a Europe-wide portfolio worth around €1bn.

“Residential for rent has demonstrated its resilience throughout the pandemic,” said Josip Kardun, MARK’s chief investment officer, who also heads DOMA. “There is a major untapped opportunity in privately owned smaller residential assets in prime urban locations.”

Institutional investors are cashing in on a chronic housing shortage across Europe that’s boosting demand for rental housing among young people and families.

Lloyds Banking Group plans to become one of the largest private residential landlords in the UK, while Australian bank Macquarie Group is planning to invest more than £1bn into rental housing there. M&G Real Estate is also expanding its presence in the market, making its first deal in Germany’s private rented sector by financing apartment construction near Frankfurt, the asset manager said in a statement on Tuesday. 

“Credit Suisse Asset Management has had a long-standing experience investing in the residential sector in Europe, both directly as well as indirectly through a multi-manager approach,” the firm said in.

The team has built up exposure to residential real estate globally and focused mainly on mid-price and affordable markets, according to the statement.

– Bloomberg News. For more articles like this please visit Bloomberg.com.

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