Insight

How has Covid-19 changed real estate investing globally?

Real estate roundtable

Since the Covid-19 pandemic first took hold in the early months of 2020, the global real estate market has experienced significant worldwide disruption and uncertainty, with some sub-sectors subjected to particular turmoil. With more than a year now passed since the coronavirus became a global crisis, how have things played out for real estate investment? What is the current outlook for the sector?

This was the focus of IQ-EQ’s virtual roundtable on 20 April 2021, where I (as moderator) was joined by several senior experts from across the international real estate investment sphere; experienced real estate asset managers and servicing professionals representing the US, Europe and Asia, who collectively painted a detailed global picture of the post-Covid real estate investing landscape.

Together, we covered a number of pertinent topics, including the extent to which the pandemic affected transactions and deal flow and how the market is recovering. Our participants discussed which real estate categories are ‘hot’ and which are not, and highlighted an array of new opportunities that presented themselves during the crisis.

Of course, no investment-related discussion would be complete these days without a focus on ESG, and indeed, there was a lot said about how the accelerated rise of ESG is playing out in the real estate specifically.

Rounding off the discussion, each of our participants shared their predictions for real estate investing in the years to come, as we continue emerging from this pandemic to a world quite different from the one we left behind in early 2020.

A number of overarching themes emerged throughout this dynamic roundtable session. A detailed summary of the key insights is now available to download:

Download roundtable insights paper