Newsec Property Outlook describes and predicts the property market and its sub-segments in northern Europe. The report is free to download and has been published twice a year since 2001. Newsec Property Outlook has become a practical tool for investors, property owners and tenants within real estate. Every six months, the report provides an overview of Newsec’s perception of macroeconomic tendencies and the property market development.

Newsec Property Outlook Spring 2022

ESG – Responsibility Never Sleeps

Autumn 2022

In the latest edition of the Newsec Property Outlook, Newsec has analysed trends on the physical retail market in the Nordics and Baltics. In the report, Newsec has identified a number of trends on the retail market that have not been highlighted earlier.
Newsec find that the physical retail market in the Nordics and Baltics is thriving. A sizeable amount of retail is doing better than ever – including not just external retail areas and grocery stores, but also shopping centres.

  • ESG is at the top of the agenda. The transaction volume for environmentally certified buildings has risen sharply and today accounts for more than 10% of the total transaction volume.
  • Real estate is far from ESG maturity. The total number of certified buildings amount to a mere 0.38% of the total stock, where commercial buildings (hotels, restaurants, office, & retail) stand out with 1.90% of the stock being environmentally certified. This phenomena has likely arisen due to pressures and requests existing throughout the value chain, starting with the construction companies and ending with the tenants.
  • Unexpectedly, the field of social initiatives remains relatively unexplored. Measured through bond issuance, the Nordics are one of the most active in Europe in terms of green bonds, but one of the least active within social bonds issuance.
  • Social initiatives are required - can real estate companies make a difference? When looking at segregation statistics, the Nordics and especially Sweden stand out internationally – highlighting the need for these initiatives.
  • Looking forward, the rise of digitalization within the real estate market will accelerate and will make possible for companies to reach goals in terms of ESG. Regulations will increase and ESG awareness, if it has not already, will become the new normal.