Woonzorg Nederland and Amvest join forces in acquiring the PATRIZIA residential portfolio

01 December 2017

Woonzorg Nederland and Amvest have acquired 1,728 homes spread over 61 complexes across the Netherlands from PATRIZIA. The total investment comprises EUR 200 million. It is the first time that an investor and a housing association have joined forces to acquire a portfolio of this size.

Woonzorg Nederland and Amvest jointly submitted a bid, with Woonzorg Nederland acquiring 1,306 social houses for senior citizens and Amvest acquiring 422 residential properties, mainly in the private rental sector. The complexes are spread across 30 municipalities in the Netherlands.

Cees van Boven, chairman of Woonzorg Nederland, comments: "We see a growing demand for senior housing in the social housing sector and we are pleased that we have been able to acquire these properties. With this acquisition, Woonzorg Nederland ensures that these homes will remain available to this growing demographic, who are dependent on social housing. Another important reason for the interest in this portfolio is that 20 complexes were previously owned by the former Reformed Building Association for Elderly (SGBB), a similar housing association to Woonzorg Nederland. The houses fit well within our existing portfolio. In addition to acquiring existing assets, together with municipalities, developers and investors, we also looking to develop new housing concepts for seniors in the coming years, to meet the growing demand for housing."

Amvest, developer and fund manager of residential investment funds, has acquired the properties on behalf of one of its institutional clients. Wienke Bodewes, CEO at Amvest, adds: "Woonzorg Nederland and Amvest make a good partnership, having much in common in terms of ambition and strength. By joining forces we have achieved the best result for both of us through this strategic cooperation and we will ensure that this portfolio is maintained for the social and mid-priced free market rental sector. "

Peter Helfrich, Managing Director PATRIZIA Netherlands, says: "The current Dutch housing market creates opportunity to optimise our portfolio, in line with our strategy to focus on the most attractive Dutch cities – as defined by PATRIZIA. Due to the quality and size of the portfolio, we were able to complete this transaction in a very short time span, with a surprising combination of buyers as a result."

PATRIZIA was advised by Savills, SGS Search and Loyens & Loeff during the sales process. Woonzorg Nederland and Amvest were advised by Capital Value and Houthoff Buruma.

 
 

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