Global Real Estate Assets Rose 5% In 2020
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Global Real Estate Assets Rose 5% In 2020

Residential appreciation fueled the overall growth.

By Liz Lucking
Thu, Sep 23, 2021 11:02amGrey Clock 2 min

The insatiable appetite for home buying last year saw the world’s real estate assets—the most significant store of wealth globally—jump 5% in value to a record high in 2020, according to a report Wednesday from Savills.

Last year’s price appreciation left the total volume of global real estate assets at $326.5 trillion, a figure that’s more than all global equities and debt securities combined, and worth almost four times that of global GDP,  the estate agency said.

“Government stimulus in the wake of Covid-19 means there is plenty of capital at large, and real estate is viewed as a safe store as global investors search for income in a low-interest-rate environment,” Paul Tostevin, director of the Savills world research team, said in the report.

“While real estate’s capital value annual growth of 5% in 2020 is lower than those seen in securitized debt, equities and gold, at 17%, 20% and 29% respectively, it is the extra income component of property which makes it such a compelling purchase for many buyers,” he added.

The gains were driven by the residential property sector—which accounts for 79% of all global real estate value—a market that has thrived amid the pandemic as homeowners rush to larger homes better suited for working from home and lockdown living.

The sector saw its value increase 8% last year to US$258.5 trillion, pushed up in particular by activity in China.

China is home to 30% of the world’s residential wealth, and the segment recorded gains of 13% in 2020, driven by “strong price growth coupled with the delivery of new supply,” Savills said.

After China, the U.S. accounts for 11% of the global residential wealth, and the two countries along with Japan, Germany, the U.K., France, South Korea, Canada, Italy and Australia, make up 75% of the global residential total.

The value of global commercial property, meanwhile, fell 5% in 2020 to US$32.6 trillion, and is expected to rebound in 2021 and hit a new peak by the end of the year.

Reprinted by permission of Mansion Global. Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication: September 22, 2021.



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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have officially put their massive Los Angeles mansion on the market for $68 million.

The lavish Beverly Hills property hit listing sites on Thursday, months after rumours began that the couple, who are reportedly estranged , were shopping the home around only a year after buying it for nearly $61 million.

The roughly 5-acre property—which is in a gated community and spans a massive 38,000 square feet—includes an indoor sports court with an adjacent gym and games room, according to the listing with Santiago Arana of the Agency. The firm declined to comment.

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Built in 2000, the house has 12 bedrooms and a whopping 24 bathrooms. The resort-sized property has the amenities to match, including a V-shaped pool with views over the surrounding hills, a detached two-bedroom guardhouse and a 5,000-square-foot guest penthouse, according to the listing.

Listing images of the house show that Lopez and Affleck have spent the past year warming up what were fairly white-washed interiors when they purchased the home. There’s now a rich, green-painted dining room, hardwood floors and carpeted over cold, polished-stone flooring.

The couple, who got married in 2022 after reuniting some 20 years after they called off their engagement in the early 2000s, purchased the megamansion following a house hunt that went on for several months, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

Representatives for Lopez, 54, and Affleck, 51, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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