European Commercial Real Estate Asset Managers Survey: Strategies & Technology Priorities

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Executive Summary

  • This report presents the results of 90 telephone interviews conducted with asset and portfolio managers across Europe from October to December 2022.
  • These executives are key in shaping and directing real estate strategies, as they advise real estate investors on how to maximize their returns. They have their hands full navigating a real estate ecosystem that has been shaken up by an adjustment to post-COVID ways of working, as well as an uncertain turbulent economic climate with fears of recession and increasing interest rates.
  • The survey finds that asset managers are prioritizing financial risk management and cost reduction initiatives in times of economic uncertainty, as one would expect, given their role definition. They are also recommending to investors initiatives that address the opportunities they see in the market, such as increasing provision of flex spaces, implementing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and adopting ESG criteria in investment processes. 
  • To improve portfolio management, asset managers are looking to digitize internal management processes to improve data management, reporting and analytics. Specifically, software offerings that support capital budget planning and ESG data reporting will see the highest levels of investment.
  • Asset and portfolio managers, as well as investors, can use this report to benchmark their own real estate strategies, priorities and technology preferences. Smart building product and service providers can use the report to better understand market direction and emerging areas of interest for real estate asset managers, who look to optimize property portfolios as well as their own operations.

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About the authors

Joy Trinquet

Senior Analyst
Joy is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on integrated workplace management systems/connected portfolio intelligence platforms (IWMS/CPIP), building systems integrators, and space and workplace management solutions. Joy joined Verdantix in 2019, having previously worked at BNP Paribas Asset Management as a business development intern. She earned a BA degree in Economics with a concentration on policy, as well as dual minors in computer science and business studies, from New York University.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

MD and Global Head of Research
Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. Rodolphe has over 20 years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

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