With remarkably low property valuations, Berlin holds a great deal of potential for investors.
This time last year we were investors in the Japanese Residential Investment Company (JRIC). As the name suggests, it was a company that invested in residential condominiums located in prime locations across Japan.
It was an exciting area of the global property market with valuations coming from a low base and a healthy yield of more than 6 per cent – albeit assisted by debt. The vehicle offered great diversification away from UK commercial property, which tends to be the ‘go to’ trade when seeking property exposure.
But in the latter stages of 2015 it was taken out at a significant premium to the market value by a private equity group. The vehicle as a whole was deemed to be worth a great deal more than the effort of anyone building their own portfolio from scratch.