During the first six months of this year, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance signed contracts for 869 new (care) homes in the Netherlands. These acquisitions involve a total investment of over EUR 300 million.
"Despite the tight supply of new rental homes, we managed to acquire a substantial part of the new construction on behalf of our clients," says Anjelica Cicilia, Acquisition & Development director at Syntrus Achmea. "However, we have more capital available than we can currently invest. We would like to see more viable projects come along."
With three sizeable acquisitions, Amsterdam is strongly represented in the new pipeline. Syntrus Achmea will be adding another 650 homes to the market here in the coming years, the vast majority in the middle segment. In the first half year there were also acquisitions in Nijmegen, Doetinchem and Ede, among others.
In the field of care real estate, 44 intramural housing units were purchased in Arnhem for the portfolio of the Achmea Dutch Health Care Property Fund. These homes are intended for residents with a mild mental handicap. The purchase is in line with the strategy of the fund to invest in inclusive neighbourhoods, where people with and without care requirements live and work together.
In an appeal drafted with Zilveren Kruis, Syntrus Achmea recently indicated that it is ready to invest substantially on behalf of its clients in new (senior) homes and care real estate. "By doing so, we help elderly people find suitable housing and we stimulate the flow on the housing market," says Anjelica Cicilia. "In view of the large housing shortage and the increasing number of elderly people, it is high time to take action. We have been talking about this for far too long. Let everyone take responsibility and now turn words into deeds."