Global REIT Recovery Led by Asia-Pacific Region: BNY Mellon

Rapid growth in region drives global recovery for cross-border investments

Results of a recent paper giving BNY Mellon Asset Management's global outlook for 2011 included comments by Urdang, a real estate investment manager and part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, that the Asia-Pacific region is leading the REIT recovery because of rapid growth in the region.

Citing the strong economies of China, Hong Kong and Singapore as drivers of that growth, Urdang also said that REIT markets in Canada, Australia and South America were particularly attractive due to their offerings: a mix of higher-yielding and higher-growth assets prompted by commodities exports in those regions that bolster their economies.

The report also said that strong-performing REITs should benefit investors with a blend of appreciation and dividends.

Urdang expects, according to the paper, that overall REIT returns will diverge in different markets; it added that real estate fundamentals in most markets are on the rise as the largest urban centers see increases in apartment occupancies and a rise in office property rates.

Todd Briddell, president and chief investment officer for Urdang Capital Management, said in a statement, “Overall, we see REITs as well capitalized and gaining favor as a vehicle for cross-border real estate ownership. REITs are attractive to investors seeking reasonable yields, and we expect that to continue until rates on savings deposits increase.” He also noted that REITs have been able to raise capital in 2010 and are in good stead to make property acquisitions—something that should fuel further growth and give them an advantage over other types of real estate investments.

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