As an overview of 2020, global real estate securities ended the year down 10.5%, lagging most other sectors. Within commercial real estate, the pandemic created headwinds for some property types but tailwinds for others, thus making its recovery look more K-shaped than V-shaped.
Looking ahead to opportunities in 2021, COVID-19 has left room for investors looking to own high-quality real estate at prices that are unattainable in the private market. Hospitality, office, senior housing, multifamily and retail are just some of the property types trading at large discounts to intrinsic value. Over the next 12-24 months, as markets and economies recover, we believe there will be a subset of companies from these sectors that will generate significant outsized returns.