Real Estate

We are specialists in real estate finance for corporate borrowers seeking to purchase or refinance commercial property throughout the UK. In addition to providing finance for the acquisition of good quality assets in the UK commercial property sector, we also provide finance to corporate borrowers such as regulated social landlords and businesses looking to refinance their corporate real estate holdings.

As a company we have been an active property lender for over 25 years and have a dedicated team of investment professionals who focus on commercial real estate finance.

"Our real estate finance team was actively lending throughout the recession, and with this year already well advanced, we expect to lend in the region of £400m of fixed rate medium to long term senior debt finance, secured on a range of good quality investment property throughout the UK. We are also exploring similar Eurozone opportunities."

"Canada Life is a recognised lender in a competitive market - we provide finance to Shaftesbury plc, Mayfair Capital, Schroders Real Estate Investment Trust, and Picton Capital, to name just a few."

"There is clearly strong appeal in locking in very long term interest rates when you consider that IPD report a current all property investment yield of 6.4%, and, indicatively, 20 year funding is available at an all-in rate of 4.0 – 4.50%."

"We expect another good year for property returns, and perhaps another year of 0.5% base rates. It will be interesting to see whether a further fall in inflation will lead to actual deflation in the UK, and how this impacts on our economy, consumer confidence, and the high street."

John Garlick, Head of Property & Real Estate Finance, Canada Life Investments. 31/05/2015


Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested. Income from investments may fluctuate.

The views expressed in this document are those of the fund manager at the time of publication and are subject to change at any time without notice.

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