Real Estate

Real estate investing provides opportunities through both equity and debt to diversify returns and generate cash flow with a relatively low correlation to traditional investments.

Experienced team

50-year investment heritage

Global platform

More than 450 employees in 24 cities around the globe

Client satisfaction

More than 500 institutional clients

Our approach to real estate investing

We give investors access to the entire equity and debt spectrum including core, value-added and opportunistic real estate investment options.

With a platform and approach to real estate investing developed over 45 years, we are ranked among the world’s largest real estate managers in several industries.

Our mission is to deliver superior long-term, risk-adjusted returns, yield-generating opportunities, preservation of capital, and diversification. We seek competitive, sustainable returns through a disciplined investment process and take a rigorous life cycle approach to identify, implement and monitor investment themes and tactics. A number of areas from the platform provide input to the investment process.

Overview of the DWS real estate strategies

Private real estate - EQUITY

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We employ an internal, integrated, interactive partnership in our approach to developing optimally-constructed Client Target portfolios. Strategic plans focus on the pragmatic repositioning of the portfolio through the use of incremental capital and any rotation of capital identified through hold/sell analyses. Our approach to active real estate management brings four key benefits to investors:

Research-based strategic planning and portfolio construction
Institutional risk management over the life of the investment
Access to transaction flow with a strong track record in asset allocation
Hands-on asset management adding value at the property level

Private real estate - DEBT

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We are able to invest in the full spectrum of debt strategies, including senior, stretch-senior, whole and mezzanine loans for both investment and development purposes. We work alongside our direct investment teams and leverage our extensive external relationships with sponsors/property owners, developers, brokers and major financial institutions to offer primary and secondary debt opportunities.

Learn more about the European Living sector and DWS’ expertise

DWS, a global real estate manager and 'Living' sector expert.

Our deep knowledge of European residential spans over 15 years, along with a real estate investment heritage of more than 50 years.
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Our real estate team

W. Todd Henderson

Head of Real Estate for the Americas

Clemens Schaefer

Head of Real Estate, APAC / EMEA

Scope Award 2021 in the category Best Asset Manager Retail Real Estate Global

Judges statement:

Thanks to its global network, DWS has very good access to non-European markets and, more recently, further diversification through purchases in the residential segment and logistics properties in Asia. The jury was also convinced by the strong growth of assets under management in the past two years. On a one-year and five-year horizon DWS sits at the top in terms of performance.


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