Real estate market: sources for debt financing in Europe in 2020

This statistic shows the expected sources of debt funding for real estate investments (financing and refinancing) in Europe as of 2020. Debt financing takes place when the company strives to raise its working capital. In order to achieve that, it sells bonds, bills or notes to either institutional or individual investors. In that way investors become the creditors of the company and they can expect repayments of the debt plus interest. Debt investments are backed by a hard asset as collateral. Another way of raising capital is equity financing, in which case the company goes through the initial public offering of its stock on the stock exchange; in this case investments are based on the estimated future performance of the company. As survey data showed, in 2020 approximately 54 percent of respondents, industry experts, expected a moderate increase in debt funding for real estate investments coming from alternative lending platforms at that time. Similarly, the same share of experts expected a moderate increase in debt financing from non-bank institutions.

Sources of debt for refinancing or new investment on the real estate market in Europe as of 2020

Significantly increaseIncrease somewhatStay the sameDecrease somewhatSignificantly decrease
Alternative lending platforms17%54%21%6%1%
Non-bank institutions12%49%30%7%1%
Debt funds/ other nonbank lenders 12%52%29%7%1%
Banks 1%30%51%12%1%
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period


Number of respondents

905 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

industry experts, including investors, fund managers, developers, property companies, lenders, brokers, advisers and consultants.

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview, online survey

Supplementary notes

Percentage points exceeding or not coming up to 100 percent are due to rounding.

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