Fears of a slowdown in Europe’s economy have fed concerns in the real estate sector that one of the longest periods of expansion on the Continent would come to an abrupt halt. But despite a fears of a global trade war, the passage of Brexit and a downwards blip in German GDP, what remains of the European Union now seems poised for economic stabilitzation. Underlying tension remains, however, including record-low interest rates, a critical lack of labor and skyrocketing residential prices. Developers and investors must take these structural imbalances into account when formulating their long-term strategies. HOF Forum’s schedule will tackle these questions head-on, confronting the needs of today’s tenants and end users with tomorrow’s real estate projects.
HOF Forum 2020 will feature in-depth discussions on key issues facing the property sector in Central & South Eastern Europe. The HOF Forum takes advantage of the incoming top management from around CEE & SEE for the HOF Awards and presents them in discussion in each of the panels representing Office, Retail, Logistics and Investment. The HOF Forum offers insight into the state of the markets as a whole.
The HOF Forum 2020 program will be made up of a mix of presentations, moderated panel discussions and debate togther with ample networking-focused coffee breaks to meet panelists and delegates.
Developers have been designing office buildings to meet the new demands of their tenants’ employees. But this could change as labor scarcity across Europe threatens to hurt office take-up levels. The newfound popularity of flexibility and wellness could not have been better timed given the current global health scare. But will they continue to prove attractive in an economic downturn if we’ve reached a market inflection point?
Screens have taken a dominant place in consumers’ lives with astonishing speed and made it possible to shop without ever stepping into a shopping center. But it’s also given mall owners and retailers a powerful new set of digital tools to bring in customers and drive footfall. Which are the most effective at building the sort of loyalty needed when times get tougher? And would an economic downturn punish or reward major investments in F&B at the expense of traditional tenants?
The threat to further development from community and activist-led opposition to industrial development is becoming alarming. If municipalities could gain more from such investments through tax policies and other incentives, they could become more willing partners in the process. This panel will compare the experiences of developers from a variety of locations and focus on strategies for creating better policies and procedures. Panelists will also discuss lessons learned from recent supply chain disruptions and impact this could have on future logistics and production planning.
Ultra-low financing costs have spurred enormous investment volumes in CEE, but how vulnerable is the market now to even minor interest rate hikes? At the same time, competition is increasing just as supply is dwindling, meaning alternative assets could attract a growing number of investors still looking to deploy capital. The panel will also discuss the potential consequences of the U.S. and Chinese central banks’ emergency rate cuts in response to the global health crisis.
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