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Super-rich shaping world property market

London/Singapore, January 15, 2014

Private wealth is increasingly shaping the world’s real estate markets and the use of private equity in major property deals worth at least $10 million has nearly trebled since 2009, said a report.

Real estate now accounts for around a fifth of the invested wealth of the nearly 200,000 ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) in the world, according to new analysis from international real estate advisor, Savills, in association with Wealth-X, the world’s leading UHNW intelligence provider.

"In Around The World In Dollars And Cents" published today, Savills estimates that the total value of the world’s real estate is now around $180 trillion, some 72 per cent of which is owner occupied residential property.

Of the $70 trillion that is ‘investable’ and therefore traded regularly - including $20 trillion of commercial property - over half is being bought by private individuals, companies and organisations.

Investing institutions, listed companies and publicly owned entities are becoming relatively less important to world real estate as a result.

Around 3 per cent, or $5.3 trillion, of the world’s total real estate value is owned by the super rich. This wealthiest 0.003 per cent of the world’s population has real estate holdings which are worth an average of $26.5 million each.

“Global real estate is mostly residential and held by occupiers, but private owners are becoming more important in the world of traded investable property,” remarked Yolande Barnes, the head of Savills world research.

"Since the ‘North Atlantic debt crisis’ of 2008, sovereign wealth funds, wealth management companies, private banks and family offices have stepped into the property deals that corporate bankers have deserted," said Barnes.

“In the world’s leading cities, the willingness of private wealth to take the place of debt finance or to take a higher-risk development position is now making the difference between deals done or schemes mothballed,” she added.

As per Savills estimates, around 35 per cent (or 6,200) of global big ticket (greater than $10 million) deals in 2012 were only possible because of private funding.

Mykolas D. Rambus, the CEO of Wealth-X, confirms the growing importance of private wealth: “We forecast that the UHNW population will grow by 22 per cent by 2018, its combined wealth - currently $27.8 trillion - is expected to total over $36 trillion by 2018. This presents huge opportunities for those involved in global real estate investment to create the right product in the right locations.”

The European and Asian super-rich hold by far the biggest share of all privately-owned real estate, together accounting for almost 80 per cent by value. European UHNWIs hold about 31 per cent of their wealth in real estate and Asians 27 per cent, with a total value of around $4.2 trillion, according to Savills.

The firm has also analysed the way private money moves around the real estate world and found that the majority (92 per cent) of investments are within the ‘home’ global region.

North America stands out as uniquely domestic, with 99 per cent of all UHNWI investment coming from US citizens themselves.
Meanwhile, mature and emerging nations have seen much more cross-border inward investment.

Just under half (44 per cent) of the super rich investors in Africa and two-thirds (66 per cent) in Latin America are from outside the home region.

According to Savills, European real estate markets are the largest and most international, having attracted the most global inward investment, relative to size, with London the standout global destination for private inward real estate investment from virtually every corner of the globe.

“In recent years there has been a tendency for UHNWIs to focus on ‘safe haven’, trophy properties for capital growth and wealth preservation”, revealed Barnes. "In future, we anticipate that some will begin to seek more productive, long-term income-producing positions," she stated.

“UHNWIs will be competing more directly with institutional investors in future but, being more opportunistic and less constrained by formal criteria, are more likely to become pathfinders and pioneers than corporate investors are,” she added.-TradeArabia News Service




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