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Alicia Villegas

Alicia Villegas is a reporter with Real Estate Capital, based in PEI Media’s London office. Her primary role is to provide news and analysis of the European real estate finance markets. Prior to joining PEI Media in 2017, she was Iberia Correspondent at InvestmentEurope, covering the asset management industry, with a focus on fund sectors. Previous roles have included reporting on the international seafood industry for Undercurrent News.
Real estate managers explain why a tenant-focused approach to managing properties is crucial to enhancing value in these difficult times.
Commercial real estate debt returns improve relative to other asset classes during periods of crisis and sustained economic uncertainty, says Wayne Lasky, co-founder and managing director of MaxCap Group.
The covid-driven need to improve or convert assets alongside increased dry powder in the value-add space has created the perfect storm for lenders.
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Insufficient staffing and a lack of opportunities are cited as key obstacles.
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Although the strategy is not front of mind for most investors, a new type of manager-led deal is set to attract more institutional capital.
The use of these facilities is expected to grow and, while most investors accept their use, a significant cohort have concerns.
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Although starting from a relatively low base, more investors now see ESG as a priority. Awareness on diversity issues has a long way to go, though.
Managers’ performance history is still top of mind for investors, and key-person clauses have overtaken fees as the most contentious issue.
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Investors are less likely to take a chance on new manager relationships amid market uncertainties.
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The pandemic has made investors embrace virtual communications and rethink their sector strategies to navigate the crisis.

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