Institutional investors look to funds as route to foreign property

Asterisk Realty and Placement Agency expects Japanese investors to acquire over US$20 billion of foreign property in 2018 “if there are investable and reasonable opportunities”, according to a recent statement.

The firm points to the difference in characteristics between Japanese overseas real estate investment in the 1970s and 1980s — when insurance companies were buying whole US buildings —  and today —  when the degree of diversification is required is making property funds and funds of funds more attractive.

“For overseas fund managers and real estate players looking approach the Japanese investor market at this time”, says Asterisk, “understanding this backstory and tailoring opportunities to fit the current needs of the investor appetite can greatly increase chances of success.”

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