Asset Values Take a Hit: Managers Take Write-Downs, Investors Tighten Purse Strings
Real estate investment managers took a broadside hit from the recent global financial markets implosion — a result of the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis — and its subsequent adverse economic fallout. Now, managers are knee-deep in the wreckage, battling a host of challenges including liquidity issues due to the frozen credit markets, softening property fundamentals fueled by global recession, investor redemption requests in some cases, and significant portfolio write-downs in most cases. The damage is evident in the assets under management figures reported in a survey of real estate investment managers conducted by Property Funds Research, a research and information firm and the U.K. branch of Feri EuroRating Services AG, and Institutional Real Estate, Inc., a U.S.-based publishing and consulting firm.
Responses from 113 firms, including many of the largest real estate investment managers around the globe, revealed that portfolio values were down, in some cases