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The Up-and-Coming Heavyweights

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When talking about Romanian real estate market, the most frequent concern of investors is lack of liquidity. While this can be a drawback, there should be a shift of perspective, because real estate is per se illiquid. It takes time to market and complete the sale of a property, but the situation is slowly changing.

The focus, in the end, should be turned towards the elements that can create and build up liquidity in an office market:

1. job growth, especially in industries that are heavy users of office space, such as IT services;
2. new space supply versus demand, which is still unbalanced in regional cities;
3. population growth pattern that regional cities (like Cluj-Napoca, for example) are witnessing.

Thus, current income, capital appreciation and hedging inflation are all strong reasons that real estate investment in regional cities can offer. The new real estate heavyweights have just come under the spotlight. 


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Silviu Pop

Director

Bucharest

Before joining Colliers mid-2017 as Head of Research for Romania, Silviu Pop worked with ING Bank for close to three years as an economist, covering macroeconomic/financial market themes for Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia. As of October 2022, he holds the position of Director for Research for the CEE and Romania. His previous professional experience includes working almost 7 years as a financial journalist at various media outlets in Romania, including the sole business-oriented TV station in Romania, where he hosted a daily show for a period of time; during this interval,  he won a number of scholarships, including a stint with Reuters. He holds a BSc in economics at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

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Anca Merdescu

Director Investment & Debt Advisory

Bucharest

Anca  has more than 15 years’ experience in financial and real estate business. 

Before joining Colliers, at Raiffeisen Bank Romania she worked closely with major developers and players on the Romanian real estate market, being involved in various financing transactions.

Starting with May 2015 she joined Colliers as a Senior Associate for Debt Advisory within the Investment Services team, where she set up a new business line. 

Anca holds a Degree from the Doctoral School of Finance and Banking (DOFIN) from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and passed CFA Level 1. At present, Anca acts as Associate Director for Investment and Debt Advisory services:

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