This month marks the release of the 24th Institutional Investor Real Estate Trends report, conducted by Institutional Real Estate, Inc and Kingsley Associates.
From the Current Issue
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.
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.
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.
RoundShield Partners has completed fundraising for its fourth European Special Opportunities Fund.
Prime real estate values, transactions and rents will all drop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, but Europe is in a good position to bounce back from a recession with a V-shaped recovery.
At the start of the year I suggested that 2020 may prove to be a watershed year in terms of the way investors consider real estate as an asset class. It seems that, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I was right, but for entirely different reasons.
The decline in economic sentiment and performance caused by the coronavirus crisis could be the trigger for a full-scale restructuring of Europe’s retail market.
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?
The integration of ESG considerations for both companies and investors is a much debated topic. The discussions often revolve around social responsibility, morality and investing for future generations.
Every day I receive dozens of notices from various companies providing guidance on how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as what they think the likely outcome for real estate investments will be.