Institutional Real Estate Europe

May 1, 2020: Vol. 14, Number 5

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Cashing in: Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, UK retail parks were beginning to look attractive as a value play. When the crisis subsides, it may be time to start shopping around

Years of over expansion, rising business rates, growing e-commerce adoption and stagnant wage growth have decimated many once flourishing household brands. Some 6,000 stores closed for business in the UK in 2019, according to the UK-based Centre for Retail Research — more than double the number in 2018 — and landlords have been forced to liquidate some of their buildings at eye-watering prices.


What now: Assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on real estate

The spread of the coronavirus disease has destabilised global markets and instigated an economic downturn. Below, the editors of Institutional Real Estate, Inc’s regional publications — Loretta Clodfelter of Institutional Real Estate Americas; Marek Handzel of Institutional Real Estate Europe; and Jennifer Molloy of Institutional Real Estate Asia Pacific — discuss some of the possible implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the commercial real estate investment world.


Driving allocations: Real estate investors respond to coronavirus realities and waves of government intervention

After more than a decade of stimulus induced by the global financial crisis, the world is now contending with an even-larger wave of central-bank and government interventions. Investors are working double time to reassess priorities and assess the coronavirus-related damage to their portfolios. They are doing so at a time when fiscal and monetary policies are changing practically daily.


Co-working model put to the test by social distancing

Flexible office space and short-term office rentals have been a great way for occupiers to manage their office usage, and for landlords to attract such tenants. But the question hanging over the sector has always been: How will it hold up in a crisis?

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