AAA: Alternative Investors Looking Outside Europe for REITs
Alternative investors are ploughing money into South Africa's property sector, according to
recent reports. AAA claims that regions outside of Europe are receiving more interest and are
great options for investing in real estate.
Boston, MA, USA, August 2, 2012 -- Alternative investors are ploughing money into South Africa’s
property sector, according to recent reports. Alternative Asset Analysis claims that regions outside of
Europe are receiving more interest and are great options for investing in real estate.
A new report from JSE Property index shows that the amount of investment in south Africa’s property
market is up by around 14.5 per cent with cash coming from both individual investors and institutional
“It's not just wealthy individuals who are investing in alternatives such as real estate any more,“
explained Anthony Johnson, AAA's analysis partner. “Pension funds and other institutional investors are
now also picking up on the fact that alternatives offer some major benefits by way of diversification and
low correlation with equity markets.”
Real Estate Investment trusts (REITs) managers in South Africa are feeling very positive about the
future, according to Growth Point Properties. Its executive director, Estienne de Klerk, said that most
REIT managers claim that the asset class will grow over the coming two years.
Mr Johnson stated, “It's easy to see why people would prefer to put their cash into something more
tangible after the economic collapse. More and more people are looking for alternatives to stocks and
bonds, which they have seen lose value overnight.”
AAA supports a wide range of alternative investments, but is most keen to advocate investment in
ethical and environmentally responsible causes, such as sustainable forestry and impact investment
funds. Firms such as Greenwood Management offer investors the opportunity to buy up their own
section of sustainable plantation in Brazil, from as little as EUR 10,000.
"This type of direct investment in timberland that is managed sustainable can remove some of the
pressure on native forests and provide a more environmentally friendly options for industries that use
timber products and charcoal."
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