Last year was in many ways a very dynamic year. It was a year in which we took major steps towards the realisation of our strategic objectives. For example, we have considerably increased the size of our portfolio and our exposure to the mid-rental segment and core regions and slightly improved the overall tenant satisfaction.
There is currently a great deal of pressure on the housing market. The number of homes for sale has fallen steadily, which resulted in a further increase in house prices in the first half of this year. The continuing rise in house prices has put even more pressure on the affordability of homes.
Residential real estate investor Vesteda has signed a contract with project developer Meacasa from Nijkerk for the turnkey acquisition of 31 energy-neutral all-electric houses. The homes will be built in the new neighbourhood development De Draai in Heerhugowaard. Construction has already started and delivery is expected in the first half of 2019.
Yesterday, Vesteda successfully issued its third corporate bond under its €2 billion EMTN programme. The €500 million benchmark size bond has a term of eight years and a coupon of 2.0%. The bond was more than two times oversubscribed. ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank acted as arrangers and bookrunners and AXECO acted as financial advisor to the issuer. The bond will be listed on Euronext Amsterdam.
Dutch residential real estate investor Vesteda today announces that its Participants unanimously approved the acquisition of a €1.5 billion Dutch residential real estate portfolio from financial services company NN Group. The purchase price will be paid for the most part in equity and for the remainder in cash.