Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Real Estate on the Rise in Select Emerging Markets
While much of the world's property markets are grappling with a drop in prices and the global credit crisis, a few markets, among them Brazil, Mexico and Turkey, are on the rise, according to a recent series of Knowledge@Wharton (KW) reports. Markets that tend to be less dependent on credit are faring better with the global credit crisis, whereas much of Western Europe, the U.S. and Japan, where there was easy access to debt, are being most hard hit. Investors should not assume, however, that all markets with a low debt ratio are good for investment. A lack of transparency and corruption both ranked high as reasons to avoid particular markets by participants in the 2009 KW Real Estate Emerging Markets Forum. Other factors included poor infrastructure, unhealthy regulatory environment, bureaucracy and a deficient legal environment. Knowledge@Wharton is an online resource providing access to the thinking of some of the top business minds on issues including finance, marketing, business ethics, and real estate. Read comments by participants on markets to avoid as well as healthy markets, or read a summary article from the Forum on Where the Deals are in Emerging Real Estate. Regardless of opportunity, Forum participants agree that investors should not try to enter a market without a trusted local partner who understands the local environment and business norms. Search for a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) in more than 50 countries to assist with outbound investments.