Industry collaboration

We believe that it is important for industry bodies to collaborate wherever appropriate. While different industry bodies may have differing memberships, objectives or perspectives, where overlaps are substantial they will usually best serve their members’ interests by sharing information and cooperating.

In addition to our close relationship with our American sister organisation, the CRE Finance Council, we are an active member of the Property Industry Alliance in the UK and the European Real Estate Forum at the EU level. We were represented on the Real Estate Finance Group that produced the report A Vision for Real Estate Finance in the UK and are involved, particularly through the Property Industry Alliance, in seeking to implement its recommendations in a sensible way. We are also strengthening our relationship with the UK’s Association of Property Lenders.

We are among the financial supporters of both De Montfort University’s UK Commercial Property Lending Report and the more recently established German Debt Project of the International Real Estate Business School (IREBS) at Regensburg University.

The Property Industry Alliance

The Property Industry Alliance is formed of nine leading UK property bodies who work together to give the commercial property sector a stronger voice on issues such as policy, research and best practice. CREFC Europe is the only member organisation that is specifically dedicated to representing the lending and debt investing side of the industry.

The other current members of the PIA are the Association of Real Estate Funds, the British Council for Offices, the BCSC, the British Property Federation, The Investment Association, the Investment Property Forum, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Urban Land Institute.

The PIA’s committees cover areas including REITs, research, sustainability and debt.  Regular publications include the Property Data Report.

The European Real Estate Forum

The European Real Estate Forum is an informal alliance of organisations with an interest in institutional investment in European real estate, including investors, fund and asset managers, property professionals and property companies. CREFC Europe is the only member organisation that is specifically dedicated to representing the lending and debt investing side of the industry. You can learn more about the European Real Estate Forum here.

The Real Estate Finance Group

The Real Estate Finance Group was formed in late 2012 to take a strategic and holistic look at how the feedback loops between the property cycle, the credit cycle and the regulatory cycle might be reduced. The overriding aims of the group’s recommendations are to improve financial system resilience and facilitate a more consistent and sustainable flow of credit to the real estate sector across the cycle.

It is now expected that the Debt Group of the Property Industry Alliance will take the group’s recommendations forward towards implementation – a task in which CREFC Europe will seek to play a central role.

You can download the report, A Vision for Real Estate Finance, and learn more about the group and the project, here.

Association of Property Lenders

We are collaborating more closely with the Association of Property Lenders with a view to ensuring that firms and individuals in our industry are effectively represented and have the best and most cost-effective access possible to education, information and networking opportunities. You can learn more about the APL here.

De Montfort University

Since launching in 1997, the De Montfort University’s twice yearly Commercial Property Lending Report has become the most comprehensive report into commercial property lending in the UK and a benchmark industry report for the sector and for policymakers and regulators. You can find out more about the De Montfort University property lending research and purchase reports here.

The German Debt Project

The German Debt Project was established at Regensburg University’s IREBS to report on the commercial real estate lending market in Germany, issuing its first report in 2013. You can learn more about the project and purchase reports here.