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Office properties continued to be both the most abundant and attractive investment assets on the Hungarian commercial real estate market of 2020, according to the “Real Estate Intelligence Report 2021 – Hungary” publication. In its latest annual report, DLA Piper Hungary showcases the latest domestic real estate market trends based on the firm’s 2020 transactions, covering the aspects of purchasers, sellers, investors and securities.

The annual real estate market analysis of DLA Piper Hungary shows that investor confidence in office properties remained unbroken in 2020 and accounted for 60% of the firm’s transactions. The vast majority of these office transactions involved Class A office buildings in central locations of Budapest: the law firm states that they will be important long after the COVID-19 epidemic as a workplace and as an investment asset, according to market participants.

Due to the challenges and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, investment volume decreased by 20% compared to 2019; however, the Hungarian commercial real estate market continued to attract domestic and foreign investors.

Although it was expected that COVID-19 would make it harder for foreign investors to transact and domestic investors would have an advantage, the market share of domestic investors dropped in 2020 to 61% from 72% in 2019.

„The arrival of the pandemic in March 2020 affected the entire Hungarian real estate sector – however, it had vastly different effects on the different market actors and asset classes. During the transactions we managed, we saw a virtually instant disappearing of investor interest in retail and hospitality related assets, while logistic and industrial properties came into the focus” – said Szilárd Kui, Local Partner and Head of Real Estate at DLA Piper Hungary.

Further information can be found in the DLA Piper Real Estate Intelligence Report 2021 – Hungary publication, which is available in interactive and PDF format HERE.

Source: DLA Piper

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