December 14, 2010 / 2:46 PM / 9 years ago

Property investors face diverse 2011 market: LaSalle

Chinese labourers work at a construction site in Beijing April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Guang Niu

LONDON (Reuters) - Real estate investors face a challenge in devising strategies for 2011 due to the varying speeds of recovery across the global economy, a report from LaSalle Investment Management said on Tuesday.

In Asia Pacific, where there is strong growth, development and leasing will provide some of the best investment opportunities, while edge-of-core properties will be attractive in the UK, France and the U.S., economies where there has only been a modest rebound, the group said.

“Investment performance in the rapidly growing countries will be volatile, due to the waves of liquidity that wash over these less mature markets,” Jacques Gordon, Global Strategist at LaSalle, a unit of Jones Lang LaSalle.

“Growth strategies that take advantage of rapid urbanization and a burgeoning middle class will be most successful,” Gordon said, adding the best opportunities include selective residential developments in China’s second-tier cities.

For countries seeing low growth, such as Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and in the eurozone, LaSalle said real estate investment performance could get a boost from low interest rates and a rising flow of debt and equity capital.

“While investor appetite for risk starts to grow once again, value-add and opportunistic investing will be more attractive in the States, with core investing showing the most signs for improvement,” said William Maher, LaSalle’s head of U.S. strategy.

He forecast U.S. transaction volume at between $150 billion and $200 billion by the end of 2011, with the most attractive core opportunities in technology, healthcare and entertainment. He said some of those areas would benefit from pent-up demand and could outpace the national average.

In Europe, investors seeking higher returns, especially in the UK, Spain, Germany and France should look to banks that are trying to reduce their exposure to property as a potential source of deals, the report said.

It also recommended focusing on retail and central London offices and avoid regions outside the UK’s South East, and to target retail and logistics in Germany and France, as well as offices in France. (Reporting by Daryl Loo; Editing by Karen Foster)

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