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As its signature developments near completion, FFA Real Estate has many milestones to celebrate

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:32 -- admin

With a 10-year anniversary approaching next year, FFA Real Estate is not only looking back on a decade of impressive international growth but also heading toward key milestones as its signature developments in Lebanon near completion, according to general manager Omar Shantouf.

Initially founded in 2008 as a member of FFA Private Bank Group, FFA Real Estate’s scope - as a solutions provider for investors looking to invest in real estate opportunities – began in its base of Lebanon, where it built a reputation for developments that prize innovation, quality and sustainability. These include Amchit Bay Beach Residences, a shorefront real estate development developed on an exclusively intimate scale, which won a Real Estate Syndicate of Lebanon award in 2014 for its outstanding approach to 21st century living.

Another example is Ahlam Golf & Mountain Village in Kfardebian’s mountains, where work continues apace with infrastructure set to finish in November. This full community development on 1.1 million square meters of land includes the first golf course at 1,500 m altitude in the Middle East.

Naas Springs, in Bekfaya, was designed as a haven of tranquillity and wellbeing, offering plots for owners to build homes within a development whose desirable features include a natural spring whose water is renowned for its therapeutic qualities. Full completion of infrastructure is set for the first quarter of 2018.

Within the capital Beirut, FFA Real Estate’s mixed-use development Uptown Badaro is nearing completion set for October 2018. Launched in response to the phenomenal success of Badaro Gardens, FFA Real Estate’s first project in the area, Uptown Badaro is witnessing strong interest ahead of completion, despite Lebanon’s current challenging market. “It serves a primary need,” explains Shantouf, “whether on a retail or residential level, as people are specifically looking for somewhere in this district of Beirut - it’s become the place to be.”

On the international level, In 2011 when seeking to diversify the opportunities it offered clients, FFA Real Estate looked to Germany for its first international investment. This strategic decision gathered pace in 2014, according to Shantouf, when the company increased its overseas portfolio, targeting, in Germany’s case, undervalued built assets of office or retail space that are income generating from day one.

This year FFA Real Estate demonstrated its ability to complete the full cycle of entering, optimizing and exiting its investments with the sale in February of a Berlin office building that yielded a 35% return on investment in the space of two years. “We target buildings that are in good shape but undermanaged and once we make an acquisition, we improve it, through  restructuring the financing or enhancing the occupancy, then once it’s ready, we sell to the market,” explains Shantouf, who adds that more opportunities are still on the horizon based on FFA Real Estate’s strong network and market knowledge.

In 2014, FFA Real Estate identified opportunities in Portugal and entered the market there, focusing on acquisitions in the residential, retail and hospitality segments. Strengthened by its success, the company recently launched its first pure development in the country, a project to build 49 home of the future lofts in Lisbon’s Marvila district, an emerging European tech hub.

“Over the years we have developed a full team of specialists, including financial and technical advisors, real estate professionals, and sales and marketing executives,” says Shantouf. Today FFA Real Estate values its assets under management at USD450 million of dollars in Lebanon, USD 200 million in Germany and USD 50 million in Portugal. “It’s been a strong first 10 years,” says Shantouf. “It’s safe to say we are very excited about the next 10 years to come and the opportunities that we will bring to investors.”

If you would like to inquire about any of FFA Real estate’s projects in the region or abroad, you can contact us on +961 1 960 777 or

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