“I definitely expect prices to come down”

Michael Bütter, Chairman of the Management Board of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, talks about the impact of higher interest rates.

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“Transformation takes time”

Thomas Röhrs and Jan von Mallinckrodt discuss sustainable portfolio management and the necessary transformation of property holdings.

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The social dimension

To date, sustainability has mostly been discussed in the real estate sector in terms of the environment and energy efficiency. Now attention is increasingly turning to the S in ESG. Many market players are taking the initiative themselves rather than waiting for rules from Brussels. By Christine Mattauch

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Transformation as a 360-degree task

A real estate investment needs to be sustainable, resilient and perform well. If no returns are generated, money would cease to flow into the asset class; without resilience and environmental sustainability, there is no long-term economic viability and thus no return on investment. Meeting these demands is no easy task because real estate markets are currently being buffeted by change. The Covid-19 pandemic has turbocharged existing trends such as the growth of online shopping and working from home, which in turn means that real estate assets need modernising and recalibrating.

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Leveraging strong momentum

Dr. Michael Bütter has been CEO of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH since 1 October 2020. In an exclusive interview with head of communications Fabian Hellbusch, he sets out the company’s ambitious growth objectives and growth strategy.

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