COVID-19'S MAJOR IMPACT ON INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND INVESTMENTS THEMSELVES.
"RYK VAN NIEKERK: What is happening with the valuations of those properties, because the property sector around the world is under immense pressure? Are you seeing slightly declining valuations of those properties in the portfolio and those you may look to acquire?
MARTIN FREEMAN: In our portfolio, we have not seen any decline. In fact, there are people looking to purchase [one of our buildings right now] from us at an inflated price. The reason why is that money in the world is now trying to seek a safe haven. And so what happens is that it is moving towards healthcare, given its resilience, its stability, long leases, profitable tenants. So off the back of that, our portfolio certainly is very resilient.
Also in the United States, people purchase properties based on the net operating income. So if your income is staying the same or it is increasing, the value of your building will go up. That’s notwithstanding the fact that some people have geared themselves too heavily in the United States or they just need to offload their properties given the fact that they’ve held him for a long period of time. So there’s always movement in the United States; there’s always opportunity. And what we do is we help people around the world invest and become real estate owners and landlords in the United States in a very seamless manner."
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