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The specialist speaks

Bart Louw, Research Manager

Bart Louw is proud of the market analysis tool that he and his department developed for offices, shops and residential properties. This tool is an innovative and objective way to determine at which locations properties are most profitable from a particular risk profile.

From gut instinct to measurable quality factors
‘From gut instinct to measurable quality factors for real estate’ - this is how he sums up the essence of the tool. ‘We are able to give our discussions a more objective character. What are interesting investment opportunities? How can we select real estate from the different markets that will have an attractive and sustainable return?’ Bart Louw: ‘Thanks to this tool, we can identify market developments and we are able to respond to them’.

A weighted vision
‘On the basis of all that information, we can, for example, estimate the attractiveness of the investment climate for retail in Dutch municipalities. We continuously ask the following question: how do we improve the position of our portfolio and achieve optimal returns for our clients? Using a number of parameters, we determine the difference in potential returns between various retail locations. Think of it as a weighted vision of consumer spending, economic growth and population size that also includes characteristics of the real estate market, such as vacancy rate, potential rent, value risk and a diverse range of shops and experiential value’.

Determining opportunities
‘We can also use the tool to identify new developments in the market. What are interesting investment opportunities? How can we select real estate that will have an attractive and sustainable return? These are all questions that we can answer with the tool. Current investments are scrutinised to see whether they are still sufficiently profitable. Are they not? Then we can determine where opportunities still lie’.

Bart Louw: ‘I am proud of the market analysis tool that our department has developed for offices, shops and residential properties’.