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About us

Who we are

The Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) is the body that represents the interests of its member funds, those firms that advise and support them and the end investors. 

We are recognised by policy makers, regulators, tax authorities and other official organisations as the leading spokesperson for real estate and therefore have the ability to influence the way our industry evolves.

Investors and advisers are aware of the high standards our members adhere to, both in transparency and corporate governance, therefore enabling us to promote their confidence when they invest in real estate.

Full members have a collective NAV of circa £72bn under management* and all are benchmarked using the leading AREF/IPD UK Quarterly Property Fund indices (QPFI).

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Who we represent

We offer three types of Membership:

Full Membership - Full Membership is offered to any collective investment scheme investing in real estate, irrespective of legal structure, domicile, property sector or asset type.  Generally the scheme/fund is represented by personnel from an investment house.

Affiliate Membership – We offer Affiliate Membership to those firms who provide leading advisory or fund-related expertise to real estate fund managers.  These include lawyers, accountants, fund administrators, valuers, asset managers and building consultants.

Associate Membership - This is our latest membership, launched in Summer 2012, it offers those schemes/funds who are not eligible for full membership the opportunity to join us.

All members enjoy a host of benefits – for further information see Membership section.

What we do

We help support the real estate industry by:

  • Ensuring that members offer consistently high quality products and support services to investors and their advisers, by enhancing the understanding of real estate funds and through our governance and transparency standards;
  • Informing, influencing and lobbying policy makers, tax and regulatory authorities, and other official bodies to achieve the optimum business environment for real estate funds, through the work of our Executive, Secretariat, Committees and Working Groups;
  • Influencing the evolution of our industry by (i) seeking ways to enhance the products and services offered by members; (ii) addressing the concerns of third party stakeholders, and; (iii) developing members’ understanding of new asset types; through promotion of debate, arrangement or sponsorship of events, and commissioned research.

View further information on what our Committees and Working Groups are currently working on, as well as who sits on the groups by clicking here: Committees and Working Groups.

* As at 30 September 2018