European REITs Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The European Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Market is segmented based on the sector of exposure (Retail, Industrial, Office, Residential, Diversified, and Others) and by Country (United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts for the Europe REIT Industry in value (USD) for all the above segments.

Europe REITs Market Size

Europe REIT Industry Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR (2024 - 2029) > 5.70 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Europe REIT Industry Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe REITs Market Analysis

The Europe REIT Industry is expected to register a CAGR of greater than 5.70% during the forecast period(2024-2029).

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that operate, own, develop, and manage assets of real estate. This enables them to obtain returns from capital appreciation and rental income of the real estate properties. REITs are beneficial for large institutional investors as well as common citizens as a method of long-term investments. REITs offer an opportunity for investors to invest in stable and highly competitive assets. In addition, investments in REITs provide benefits such as liquidity, diversification, more attainable access, and transparency, over direct property investment, which can provide lucrative opportunities for a wider class of investors.

Currently, as per the European Public Real Estate Association, fourteen European nations have introduced REIT legislation in their administration. Further, the European REIT sector is highly lucrative and has displayed a growth of more than 500% from 2008 to 2023. The growth is expected to continue in the near future with the risen focus on the development of REITs in the region. Further, the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA), as a partner of the Real Estate Equity Securitization Alliance (REESA), plays a key role in the continued growth of the REIT approach to real estate investment across the region.

The COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected the residential and commercial real estate industry in Europe. According to the European Central Bank, the restrictions on movement, voluntary social distancing regulations, and containment measures imposed by the local governments resulted in causing a decline of 3.1% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the level at year end 2019, on the Euro area housing investment sector. However, the housing prices showed resilience by increasing in annual terms by approximately 6% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. This led to a recovery in the housing investment sector in the same period. This influenced the European REIT market which displayed a negative growth during 2020. However, the market mainly recovered to pre-pandemic levels in 2021 and 2022.

Europe REITs Market Trends

United Kingdom as the Leader of REIT market in Europe

REITs were introduced in the UK in 2007, when nine companies were elected to become REITs. As of June 2022, the number of REITs in the UK has risen to 53 with an overall sector market capital of USD 83.5 billion, based on the data published by the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA). The market capital of the UK REITs surged by 87.1% from 2020 to 2021, which further declined by 30.5% in 2022, mainly owing to the unstable financial scenario and recessionary trends caused by the energy crisis and other financial headwinds, structural disruptions post COVID-19.

REITs have become one of the leading property investments options. REITs in the UK are exempt from corporation tax for income from property rental business in the country's jurisdiction. However, 90% of the income (tax-exempted) must be typically distributed within 12 months of the end of the accounting period. The residual business income or the non-rental business income was taxable at 19% which has now increased to 25% in April 2023. Although the UK based REITs are not suitable for non-UK property investments, the removal of such barriers can make the UK REIT sector more attractive for investors. The REITs and listed property companies in the country are striving to encourage investments from small investors and wealth managers to boost the growth of the market in the near future.

Being the largest REIT market in Europe, the UK REIT market largely influences the growth of the European REIT market.

European REITs Market - Market Capital of Select UK-based REITs, March 2023, USD Billion

Growth of Commercial Real Estate Investment on REITs in Europe

The European real estate market has been witnessing a dramatic downturn in the real estate transactions since 2021 owing to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war in 2022. This has surged the interest rates against property transactions to counteract the inflation. According to the data published by MSCI Real Assets, the European commercial real estate investment in the first quarter of 2023 declined to its lowest rate in the last 11 years.

Although the macroeconomic outlook for the real estate sector is likely to remain unstable in 2023, the REITs are expected to rebound in the second half of 2023. Residential real estate has maintained more income stability than the commercial counterpart. In addition, the growing integration of new themes such as environment, sustainability, and governance (ESG) along with the perceived and recorded increased retail participation post COVID scenario can help REITs in Europe to gain more attraction by creating a social impact along with financial gains. Additionally, investments in sectors with shorter lease durations have been more prone to rent resets, thus affecting the REIT capital gains, however, longer inflation-linked rental contracts provide strong resilience to recessions thus offering a steady income source with high growth potential during the uncertain periods.

With such strategies in place, the European REITs are likely to attract more retail investors by offering affordable and diversified investment opportunities than the real property market, making the European REIT market more lucrative.

European REITs Market - Europe Commercial Real Estate Market REITs Market Capital, USD Billion

Europe REITs Industry Overview

The report includes an overview of REITs operating across Europe. We wish to present a detailed profiling of a few major companies, which cover product offerings, regulations governing them, their headquarters, and financial performance. Currently, some of the major players dominating the market are Land Securities Group, Derwent London plc, Unite Group, Merlin Properties Socimi SA, and Segro REIT PLC.

Europe REITs Market Leaders

  1. Segro REIT Plc

  2. Land Securities Group

  3. Derwent London plc

  4. Unite Group

  5. Merlin Properties Socimi SA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Europe REIT Industry Concentration
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Europe REITs Market News

  • March 2023: Landsec has secured 100% ownership of St David’s shopping centre, Cardiff, following its purchase of the debt secured against the 50% share of the asset previously owned by intu plc. Comprising separate transactions with two debt holders
  • Oct 2022: Cromwell European REIT acquires assets in Denmark for EUR15.8 million. The property, Sognevej 25, is a five-building asset that sits on a 41,649-square-meter site with a total lettable area of 22,224 square meters.
  • Sep 2022: Inbest and GPF create REIT to invest €600m in prime properties. The two investment firms have formed Inbest-GPF Real Estate Management Partners, a partnership that has launched the Inbest-GPF Multi-Asset Class Prime REIT vehicle.

Europe REITs Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter Five Forces

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Insights on Regulatory Environment

    6. 4.6 Insights on Returns And Dividends - Key Performance Indicators for REITs

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Sector of Exposure

      1. 5.1.1 Retail REITs

      2. 5.1.2 Industrial REITs

      3. 5.1.3 Office REITs

      4. 5.1.4 Residential REITs

      5. 5.1.5 Diversified REITs

      6. 5.1.6 Other Sector Specific REITs

    2. 5.2 By Country

      1. 5.2.1 United Kingdom

      2. 5.2.2 France

      3. 5.2.3 Belgium

      4. 5.2.4 Netherlands

      5. 5.2.5 Spain

      6. 5.2.6 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Market Competition Overview (Market Concentration And M&A Deals)

    2. 6.2 REITs Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Land Securities Group

      2. 6.2.2 Unite Group

      3. 6.2.3 Segro REIT Plc

      4. 6.2.4 Merlin Properties Socimi SA

      5. 6.2.5 EuroCommercial Ppty

      6. 6.2.6 Unibail Rodamco Westfield

      7. 6.2.7 Primary Health Properties PLC

      8. 6.2.8 Shaftesbury PLC

      9. 6.2.9 Derwent London plc*



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Europe REITs Industry Segmentation

A real estate investment trust is a company that owns, and in most cases operates, income-producing real estate. An understanding of the Europe REIT industry, regulatory environment, REITs, and their business models, along with detailed market segmentation, product types, revenues and dividends, current market trends, changes in market dynamics, and growth opportunities. In-depth analysis of the market size and forecast for the various segments. The European Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Market is segmented based on the sector of exposure (Retail, Industrial, Office, Residential, Diversified, and Others) and by Country (United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts for the Europe REIT Industry in value (USD) for all the above segments.

By Sector of Exposure
Retail REITs
Industrial REITs
Office REITs
Residential REITs
Diversified REITs
Other Sector Specific REITs
By Country
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
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Europe REITs Market Research FAQs

The Europe REIT Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5.70% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Segro REIT Plc, Land Securities Group, Derwent London plc, Unite Group and Merlin Properties Socimi SA are the major companies operating in the Europe REIT Market.

The report covers the Europe REIT Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Europe REIT Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

European REITs Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Europe REIT Industry market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Europe REIT Industry analysis includes a market forecast outlook to for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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European REITs Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)