As more countries lift distancing restrictions and move towards re-opening their economies, some early data points provide an idea of how real estate investment has been impacted by the virus outbreak.

While transaction volumes have fallen, certain sectors are experiencing a strong pick up in investment interest. Notably, logistics and alternative sectors like student accommodations have benefited from this trend. Meanwhile, UK house prices and rental payments for US multifamily homes have remained resilient so far, despite softening market fundamentals.

Each week, we will share with you the best reads on industry news & trends.

What caught our eyes this week

Real Estate Investment Falls in Q1, Tracking Pandemic Spread
JLL - Direct investment in commercial real estate dropped 5 percent year-on-year to US$200 billion, according to figures from JLL. The spread of the coronavirus has had an abrupt and widespread impact on financial markets around the world. Mounting evidence suggests that global economic growth contracted in Q1, marking the first quarter of contraction in 11 years.

Asia Logistics Attracts Billions As A Post-Pandemic Winner
Nikkei Asian Review - As China shakes off the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, investors have flocked to funds focused on logistics facilities there and elsewhere in Asia, anticipating that growth in e-commerce will drive strong demand even after the pandemic.

Scape Seals A$2b Urbanest Student Digs Deal
Brisbane Times - Evergreen, M3 Capital Partners' principal investment vehicle, has sold its 6875-bed Urbanest Australia student accommodation portfolio and platform to global operator Scape. The sale, which won Foreign Investment Review Board approval in March, is valued at more than $2 billion and is the largest ever student accommodation transaction in Australia.

UK House Prices To Fall On Coronavirus, But Analysts Don't Expect A 2008-like Collapse
CNBC - U.K. house prices will fall "modestly" in the coming months, but are unlikely to drop as dramatically as in 2008, two analysts told CNBC. Some key differences between the current situation and 2008: the banking system is more resilient; there's a lot of support from the government to help households weather the current crisis; and interest rates are very low - all these factors should support demand across the U.K.

US Build-To-Rent Payments Pick Up In May
The Urban Developer - From a survey of 11.4 million apartments in the country 80.2 percent of households made a full or partial rent by 6 May according to the National Multifamily Housing Council rent payment tracker. The drop was only 1.5 points compared to May 1 - 6, 2019 where 81.7 per cent of households had paid. This result came despite more than 20 million people losing their jobs in April.

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