Such a good first half of the year was not achieved even in record 2019. July also had a strong beginning, although investors' sentiment in the following quarters is still uncertain.
Under normal circumstances, such a good result would be an excellent forecast for entire 2020, but the current global crisis may be impact the results for the second half of the year. The expected yearly volume will probably be lower than a year before and will probably come close to the amount of transactions concluded 3 years earlier.
We are cautious about the forecasts for the next two quarters and the closing of 2020. Despite the good results in H1 2020, which were significantly influenced by transactions concluded in the first months of the year, we expect a slowdown in the investment market. Investors certainly need some time to analyse and assess the current economic and financial situation. Many of the transactions planned for this year will be postponed
Mateusz Skubiszewski, Head of Capital Markets, BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland
In Q2 alone, office properties located in regional markets were slightly more popular among buyers than those in Warsaw. In Kraków, for instance, office buildings in the Equal Business Park complex purchased by a consortium managed by Apollo - Rida have changed their owner, while the Philippine based ISOC Holding has expanded its Polish portfolio by two office buildings in Silesia Business Park in Katowice. In the same period, the largest value transactions finalised in Warsaw included the sale of Nowogrodzka Square (Yareal to Amundi) and of DSV's headquarters (DSV Group to Corum)
dr Piotr Goździewicz MRICS, Director Capital Markets BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland