The real estate market in the European Union is one of the most mature and developed in the world.
The market is characterized by a high level of fragmentation, with a large number of small and medium-sized players. In terms of asset value, the market is dominated by the residential sector, which accounts for around two-thirds of all assets. The market for commercial real estate is also relatively well developed, although it is somewhat less mature than the residential market.
The market for real estate investment trusts (REITs) is also well developed in the EU, with around 190 REITs listed on exchanges in the region.
The largest REIT markets are the UK, France, and Germany, which account for around 85% of the total market capitalization of REITs in the EU.
The market for real estate crowdfunding is also growing rapidly in the EU, with around €1.5 billion raised through crowdfunding platforms in 2017.
The largest markets for real estate crowdfunding are the UK, France, and Spain, which account for around 85% of the total market capitalization of real estate crowdfunding in the EU.
The market for real estate derivatives is also relatively well developed in the EU, with a number of exchanges offering products that allow investors to gain exposure to the underlying asset class without having to purchase and manage the underlying property. These products include real estate investment trusts (REITs) and real estate-related exchange traded funds (ETFs).