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- June 1, 2009: Vol. 1, Number 6

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Seoul Survivor: Perspectives on a Potentially Overlooked Investment Gem in Asian Real Estate

by Jason Lee and Joseph Lee

As investor sentiment continues to reel from the global financial fallout, Asian real estate as an asset class has not been spared. International investors have shied away from the region since late 2008, although this reflects a generic knee-jerk spike of risk aversion rather than any actual deterioration of property fundamentals in Asia. Institutional funds keen to shed risk have withdrawn hastily from emerging markets, but Asia still holds choice destinations for the discerning, forward-looking investor.

With risk appetite subdued across most asset classes, the weight of investor sentiment in Asia has naturally shifted in favor of the more established markets. Offering a combination of relative security and steady returns, such markets have become increasingly attractive in an environment where even the most modest gains are proving elusive. Institutional and private equity funds, in particular, have ramped up their focus on core markets, cognizant of their potential b

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