Sunday, 4 October 2020

Korean buyers pursue overseas acquisitions despite pandemic related disruptions - CBRE

Korean buyers are continuing to pursue opportunities abroad as they retain a long-term strategic focus on global real estate investment, according to CBRE Korea’s COVID-19 and Outbound Investment Viewpoint report.


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Domestic institutional investor demand for overseas real estate investment among Korean buyers is expected to remain robust despite the impact of COVID-19 due to "intense" competition in the Korean commercial real estate market and regulatory uncertainty, CBRE says.

Data from the firm indicates Korean outbound real estate investment volume for H1 2020 totalled USD 2.5 billion, a decline of more than 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.

But CBRE Korea Research Director Claire Choi said Korean outbound investors were expected to recalibrate their strategies as they seek to adjust to the new normal.

At a glance: 

New data from CBRE Korea indicates Korean outbound real estate investment volume for H1 2020 totalled USD 2.5 billion, a decline of more than 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.

CBRE expects investment in non-core regions as well as major core markets to broaden as buyers aim to discover new investment destinations offering higher returns. 

Potential investments in major developed European markets such as France, Germany and the UK, along with key regions in Spain and Northern and Eastern Europe, are now being evaluated by Korean investors.



“Korean buyers are not only purchasing stable office assets but also purchasing overseas opportunities in the logistics sector," he said.

"Data centres and multifamily properties are likely to be the subject of stronger interest from Korean outbound investors, which are relatively resilient to economic volatility.

"On the other hand, weaker private consumption and a near-total shutdown of global tourism have led to elevated risk associated with hotel and retail property investments.”



Korean outbound investment by region and asset type.

In terms of investment destinations, as competition among domestic institutional investors intensifies in Europe, CBRE expects investment in non-core regions as well as major core markets to broaden as buyers aim to discover new investment destinations offering higher returns.

Potential investments in major developed European markets such as France, Germany and the UK, along with key regions in Spain and Northern and Eastern Europe, are now being evaluated by Korean investors.

CBRE Korea Managing Director Don Lim said Korean investors were also conducting investment reviews in the U.S. and searching for investment opportunities in Asia.

"In the long run, the search by Korean investors for investment opportunities in Asia is expected to broaden as buyers seek relatively more attractive opportunities closer to home owing to intense competition and high asset values in Europe and the US," he said.



Impact of COVID-19 on Korean outbound investment.

"Individual investors are also interested in investing in overseas real estate, and they can more readily access opportunities via investing into public funds.

"In addition, overseas property-backed REITs offer reasonable growth potential in the long-term, with further K-REITs of this type expected to be listed on the stock market once an economic recovery is underway."



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Korean buyers pursue overseas acquisitions despite pandemic related disruptions - CBRE

Korean buyers are continuing to pursue opportunities abroad as they retain a long-term strategic focus on global real estate investment, acc...