Introduction to Property

There are two main approaches to property investment. The first is to invest in property companies listed on the stock exchange, building a UK or globally-focused portfolio. The second is to invest in bricks and mortar, mainly via funds that own and manage commercial properties directly.

Each approach has different investment characteristics. For example, funds that invest in property companies will move more in line with conventional equity markets over the short-term. Equally, they may be more capital-growth focused, rather than yield-focused.

Bricks and mortar funds will offer greater diversification from conventional equity markets, but are also likely to be more focused on delivering a sustainable yield. However they are also less ‘liquid’ – managers of open-ended funds may not find it as easy to buy and sell the underlying holdings to meet investor redemptions. However this is not an issue that effects closed-end investment companies.

Property funds may specialise in high end 'prime' property, which usually proves more defensive in an economic downturn. Alternatively, they may focus on secondary property, which will be more vulnerable in a downturn, but may outstrip prime property in a buoyant market.

During adverse market conditions, some property funds can suspend withdrawals for periods of time (typically 6 months).

The tax treatment of investments is subject to tax law and HMRC practice which are subject to change. 

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
Aberdeen European Property Share I Acc14.2156.7386.3183.763.20Buy
Aberdeen Property Share I Acc18.1044.0290.95370.832.00Buy
Aberdeen UK Property I Acc6.3711.0035.08563.112.40Buy
Aberdeen UK Property Feeder I Acc6.3810.9835.061,850.572.50Buy
Aviva Inv UK Property 2 Acc7.767.3330.141,058.492.20Buy
Aviva Inv UK Property Feeder 2 Acc7.767.3330.140.00-Buy
Commercial Freehold A Gr Acc4.9821.20-116.77-Buy
Commercial Freehold B Net Acc4.1618.27-116.77-Buy
Commercial Freehold ISA Acc4.9821.20-116.77-Buy
F&C Global Real Estate Securities 3 Acc-1.3050.27-39.451.40Buy
F&C Global Real Estate Securities 2 Acc-1.4349.62-39.451.30Buy
F&C Property Growth & Income A Acc NAV GBP9.5933.4559.27309.50-Buy
F&C Real Estate Securities B Acc GBP11.7264.45116.45119.20-Buy
Fidelity Global Property W GBP0.6343.1063.93210.64-Buy
Fidelity Global Property W Acc1.5444.9769.30225.881.51Buy
Fidelity Global Property Y Acc1.3044.0867.41225.881.29Buy
First State Asian Property Securities B GBP Acc1.6645.1652.7511.283.02Buy
First State Global Property Securities B GBP Acc-0.4344.4959.51259.152.81Buy
Freehold Income Authorised B Net Acc9.1530.5850.18305.70-Buy
Freehold Income Authorised E Gr Acc9.6733.06-305.70-Buy

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
Aberdeen European Property Share I Inc14.4556.7186.2683.763.20Buy
Aberdeen UK Property I Inc6.3610.8734.79563.112.40Buy
Aberdeen UK Property Feeder I Inc6.3710.8534.761,850.572.60Buy
Aviva Inv UK Property 2 Inc8.187.70-1,058.492.20Buy
Aviva Inv UK Property Feeder 2 Inc8.187.70-0.00-Buy
Commercial Freehold C Gr Inc4.6920.58-116.77-Buy
Commercial Freehold D Net Inc3.9217.79-116.77-Buy
Commercial Freehold ISA Inc4.6920.60-116.77-Buy
F&C Global Real Estate Securities 3 Inc-1.4449.55-39.451.20Buy
F&C Property Growth and Income I Inc10.2436.4762.88332.174.80Buy
F&C Property Growth & Income E Inc NAV GBP10.0134.0261.77309.50-Buy
F&C Real Estate Securities C Dis GBP11.6864.44116.64119.20-Buy
F&C UK Property 2 Inc6.5016.0030.95420.693.20Buy
First State Asian Property Securities B GBP Inc1.9945.9453.5711.283.06Buy
First State Global Property Securities B GBP Inc-0.5144.0058.96259.152.84Buy
Freehold Income Authorised D Net Inc9.1130.4750.05305.70-Buy
Freehold Income Authorised H Net Inc8.8129.37-305.70-Buy
Freehold Income Authorised ISA Inc9.9234.0656.12305.70-Buy
Freehold Income Authorised C Gr Inc9.8934.0356.06305.70-Buy
HC Charteris Property A Inc9.2422.8733.850.904.25Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC Ord GBP0.01-----Buy
AXA Property Trust Limited Ord NPV-3.8257.61144.28-11.6867.65Buy
Adams PLC Ord EUR0.0119.05-45.55286.36--Buy
Aew UK REIT PLC Ord GBP0.0110.88--4.6696.86Buy
Alpha Pyrenees--96.00-99.44-95.832.40Buy
Alpha Real Trust Limited40.46182.32157.06--Buy
Aseana Properties Ltd8.1218.3334.81--Buy
Belvoir Lettings PLC ORD 1P-18.178.6929.48--Buy
Big Yellow Group PLC17.5171.24174.12--Buy
British Land PLC6.17-0.0436.73--Buy
Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments11.11-25.00-21.14--Buy
Civitas Social Housing PLC---0.18109.80Buy
Custodian REIT PLC Ord 1P15.8727.76-11.22104.30Buy
Derwent London15.358.3148.54--Buy
Drum Income Plus Reit-3.01--1.0694.50Buy
Eastern European Property Ltd-20.79-36.76-53.22-49.8079.68Buy
Ediston Property Investment Company PLC Ord 1P7.44---1.19111.32Buy
Empiric Student Property PLC-10.7112.22--7.62105.81Buy
Energiser Investments PLC-6.67-56.25-46.15--Buy
F&C Commercial Property21.3232.0478.353.30139.40Buy


Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
HSBC FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed GBP-0.36-1.1744.9767.13GBXProperty - InternationalBuy
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate UCITS ETF GBP-2.44-3.3238.19-GBPProperty - InternationalBuy
Source Real Estate S&P US Select Sector UCITS ETF2.336.89--USDProperty - North AmericaBuy
iShares Asia Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP1.13-0.6044.4553.52GBPProperty - AsiaBuy
iShares Developed Markets Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP0.10-0.9449.0569.94GBPProperty - InternationalBuy
iShares European Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP14.3010.6772.5192.86GBPProperty - EuropeBuy
iShares MSCI Target UK Real Estate UCITS ETF GBP-0.386.83--GBPProperty - EuropeBuy
iShares MSCI Target US Real Estate UCITS ETF GBP-2.41-3.81--GBPProperty - North AmericaBuy
iShares UK Property UCITS ETF GBP-0.559.8220.2663.89GBPProperty - EuropeBuy
iShares US Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP-3.10-4.0951.0381.05GBPProperty - North AmericaBuy


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