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March 2021 |Foreign Investors in the Korean Real Estate Market

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Overseas investors to focus on Korea in 2021

Insights & recommendations


With global private equity firms (PEFs) and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) successfully closing large APAC focused funds, we expect more active investment by foreign investors in the Korean real estate market.


  • Compared to North America and Europe, the APAC region should recover more rapidly from COVID-19.
  • Hence, we expect more dry powder to be deployed in the Korean market in 2021, as funds invest undeployed capital lingering from 2020.
  • We expect foreign investors to continuously seek to acquire logistics assets, depressing yields as prices rise.
  • We recommend foreign investors focus on value-add and opportunistic strategies as opportunities for prime office buildings are decreasing in 2021.
  • We recommend investors diversify both their investment geographies by focusing on emerging office markets such as Pangyo and Magok.
  • We also recommend investors diversify their investment sectors by focusing on the data center and logistics sectors.


Please kindly contact Judy Jang if you have any question on the report.



March 2021 |Foreign Investors in the Korean Real Estate Market

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Judy Jang




Judy Jang has joined Colliers Korea as Associate Director of Research & Advisory Services in March 2018. 
She is responsible for research outputs and play a major role to drive a more client-oriented research approach to support business win rate.

Judy has over 15 years of experience in real estate business and 6 years in IT industry. Prior to joining Colliers, she has served as a Head of Research for 7 years in Cushman & Wakefield Korea. She also had worked at Golden Bridge Property Management (Vanguarz Asset), Polaris HQ, LAN bird Technology Company, and Alibaba Korea.


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Robert Wilkinson

Managing Director


As Managing Director of Colliers International, Rob is responsible for the strategic direction of the Korea business, to lead the growth and diversification initiatives and develop leadership talent. He oversees all service lines as well as shared services including investment sales, office leasing, project management, valuation and advisory, research, marketing and communications, human resources and finance.

Rob is also a member of the Colliers International Asia Leadership team.

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