Keep an eye on foreign private property funding: Qualitas MD Andrew Schwartz

November 14, 2017. Financial Review by Su-Lin Tan The flood of foreign capital rushing into Australia to privately fund residential projects is welcome but must be watched, said Andrew Schwartz, the managing director of real estate investment management firm Qualitas. The amount of private “alternative” funding was staggering, Mr Schwartz said at the 2017 UBS […]

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Qualitas: fast-growing lender

Australian lender Qualitas Property Partners is helping overseas investors to diversify into the Australian markets In the past 12 months, as more global firms seek to establish a foothold in Australia’s debt market, the homegrown Qualitas Property Partners has deepened its footprint. Qualitas has raised about AUD1bn (€668m) – half of that from offshore investors. […]

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Qualitas’ Response to the New APRA Powers to Address Financial Stability Risks – Non-ADI Lender Rules

On 17 July 2017, the Australian Government published the draft Treasury Laws Amendment (Non-ADI Lender Rules) Bill 2017 (the Draft Bill). The stated aim of the Bill is to “ensure that the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is able to respond flexibly to financial and housing market developments that pose a risk to financial stability, […]

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Appointment of Independent Trustee

Qualitas is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Fairley as an independent director of the board of Qualitas Securities Pty Ltd effective 1 July 2017. Andrew Fairley has more than 35 years’ experience as an equity lawyer, including in superannuation, trusts, estate and succession planning. He founded Australia’s first specialist superannuation law firm, IFS […]

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Non-bank lenders grab an opportunity as banks scale back loans

Qualitas was featured in an article written by Richard Gluyas at The Australian focusing on the regulatory-driven transformation of the property development market. The article focused on the recent news of Qualitas raising $500m of institutional capital, closing the first round of a multi-billion dollar construction finance program for residential and commercial projects. Read the […]

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New $500m construction finance fund open for business, says Qualitas

Qualitas has raised $500 million of institutional capital, closing the first fund of a multi-billion construction finance programme. The fund furthers Qualitas’ rapidly expanding real estate debt strategy, providing a much needed alternative source of capital for residential and commercial development projects. Real estate investment management firm Qualitas announced today that it has raised $500m […]

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Is it the end of the tailwind in traditional real estate?

Real-estate valuations in major cities are at historical peaks, banks are pulling back from commercial real estate lending and the tailwind from lower interest rates appears to be coming to an end. Against this background, Mark Fischer, Managing Director – Principal Investments at Qualitas, participated in a panel session at the Private Markets conference in […]

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Financiers step in as banks slow property lending

Qualitas’ CFO, Kathleen Yeung, told a Property Council of Australia forum that there is a shortage of debt capital for residential development. Commenting on the reduction in lending by banks, she said, “It’s as bad as, if not worse than, the financial crisis. The bank debt pull-back is leaving significant holes in capital structures.” However, […]

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Property developers pull back on apartment projects

Property developers are shedding major apartment sites along the eastern seaboard as banks tighten lending to oversupplied areas, The Australian reports. The article says that “Tougher lending rules have slugged the market, with investors unable to borrow as much to buy units and banks refusing to lend to foreign purchasers, stalling apartment projects”. Qualitas’ Group […]

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Qualitas and Toga donate former Sydney hotel to homeless youths

Qualitas and Toga partner to provide an innovative housing solution The former Addison Hotel in Sydney’s Kensington will be donated to community groups to use as a youth homeless shelter for a year. Operated by community housing provider My Foundations Youth Housing, the site will provide homes for up to 42 vulnerable young people. Click […]

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Qualitas appoints James Kaufman to drive ‘value-add’ direct property strategy

Qualitas is expanding its capability in direct real estate investment with the appointment of James Kaufman as Executive Director in the Principal Investments team. Mr Kaufman joins from global real estate firm JLL, where he was a senior member in the capital markets group, supervising transactions totalling in excess of $4 billion. A Licensed Real […]

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Real Estate and Private Markets Conference – 27 & 28 Feb 2017, Melbourne

Qualitas is excited to be a key sponsor and panel speaker at Investment Magazine’s “Real Estate and Private Markets Conference” at Crown Towers, Melbourne on 27 – 28 February 2017. For further details please visit http://www.privatemarketsconference.com.au

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Capital gains tax hikes will put ‘substantial upward pressure’ on property prices

Any change to the existing environment permitting tax breaks on negative gearing or capital gains tax deductions on property investments would quickly push prices lower Andrew Schwartz said “We would expect that any changes to the tax base, such as cuts to CGT exemptions or changes to negative gearing, would have a short term downward […]

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Series 6 of the Qualitas Real Estate Private Debt Fund is now open to investors

For more information, click here to contact Yossi Kraemer, Head of Institutional Capital.

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