The pandemic has transformed the domestic real estate sector with strong investor interest in the logistics segment, while retail and hospitality properties took a back seat last year. Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, office buildings have proven to be the most popular investment asset according to the Real Estate Intelligence Report 2022, the seventh edition in the series, in which the experts of DLA Piper Hungary give an insight into the prevailing legal practices in the Hungarian real estate market and provide an indication of the current balance of power between sellers and buyers.
According to DLA Piper Hungary’s annual real estate market analysis, office buildings continued to be in high demand despite the increase in the popularity of remote and hybrid work arrangements. Office properties accounted for around 57% of the law firm’s transactions, which represents a mere 3% decline compared to the previous year’s figure.
Source: DLA Piper Hungary
Logistics properties became the second most attractive asset class in 2021 with a share of 14%, despite the fact that the majority of logistics parks are owned by just a handful of players. Furthermore, interest in retail and hospitality properties has almost completely disappeared due to the pandemic.
– added Szilárd Kui, Local Partner and Head of Real Estate at DLA Piper Hungary.
Domestic investors accounted for 73% of all purchases (which is 12 percentage points higher than in 2020), which may be explained by COVID-19-related concerns and travel restrictions among other factors. At the same time, we have seen continued interest from clients both from the Far East and the Middle East; however, a limiting factor for them was that large ticket size assets are few and far between on the Hungarian commercial real estate market.
ESG considerations in the real estate market
In recent years, sustainability has made its presence felt in the real estate market as well, with environmental, social and corporate governance considerations playing an increasingly important role in the decisions of investors and tenants year after year. Developers are practically forced to obtain green certifications for new Class ‘A’ office buildings, such as LEED and BREEAM, two internationally recognized certifications.
Real Estate Intelligence Report 2022 – Hungary
DLA Piper Hungary published its first Real Estate Intelligence Report in 2016, showcasing the prevailing domestic real estate market trends based on the firm’s transactions of the previous year. The real estate law experts of DLA Piper Hungary provide a summary of the real estate market situation and an outlook for the future from a buyer, seller, investor and insurance perspective. The data used in the study is not publicly available and is based on deals where DLA Piper Hungary advised the seller or the buyer in transactions where the net asset value of the property was over €10,000,000.
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