Institutional Real Estate Europe

April 1, 2021: Vol. 15, Number 4

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Positive change: What does the future hold for the London office market?

If the final quarter of 2020 is anything to go by, the future of the London office market looks promising. According to a recent report by Knight Frank, the London office market saw almost £5 billion (€5.8 billion) of transactions in the final quarter of 2020 alone. But do these figures give us the full picture? And is the momentum set to continue?


Shifting to core: Riskier strategies are falling out of favour

The generally superior income returns and long-term liability matching characteristics of real estate investment are a familiarly compelling proposition. And given the prolonged “lower-for-longer” environment, the fact that appetite for the asset class remains unshakably robust should come as little surprise.


Starting anew: Creative destruction and finding value in the pandemic

When the UK and other European countries followed Italy into lockdown last March, there was not much about day-to-day life that did not seemingly change completely overnight. From commuting into the office on a daily basis and visiting cafés and restaurants with some regularity, we were suddenly all homebound with essential retail becoming the extent of our travels.


True value: Globally, how are real estate investors valuing their portfolios now, and what do they expect property valuations to look like in 2021 and 2022?

We are starting to see, with some certainty, where life post-virus may head. That, in turn, is providing firmer ground for real estate investors. In the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic, investors were frantically attempting to ascertain valuations based on cashflows that were shifting, fast. Real estate is prized as an asset class that will hold its value, but has it delivered, and where do values now stand?

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