In 2020, the total volume invested in real estate assets in Romania reached €914 million, a 28% increase compared 2019, according to Cushman & Wakefield Echinox.
The most active segment was by far the Office sector, with estimated transaction values of approximately €784 million, representing 86% of the total investment value.
The Industrial segment attracted 9% of the capital, while the remaining 5% were split between the Retail and Hospitality sectors.
In total, a number of 24 income-producing properties were transacted in 2020, an average of €38 million per property, one of the highest such values in the last decade on the local real estate market.
Biggest transactions of 2020
The six largest transactions pertained to office projects, including the disposal of NEPI Rockcastle’s office portfolio to AFI Europe. The transaction consisted of four office buildings in Bucharest and Timisoara totaling 118,000 sq. m GLA, which were sold for €307 million, the largest office deal ever signed in Romania.
Moreover, the €100 million threshold was exceeded by a number of other office transactions, the most relevant for the market being the purchase of Floreasca Park, a landmark 38,000 sq. m GLA office project, by a joint venture between Zeus Capital Management and Resolution Property (Fosun), marking the entry of Chinese investors on the Romanian office market.