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Niel Harmse

Niel Harmse
Senior Associate, Research

About the Contributor

Niel is a Senior Associate in MSCI’s global real estate research team. He focuses on performance measurement, portfolio management and risk-related research for asset owners and investment managers. Prior to joining MSCI, Niel was an investment analyst at Old Mutual Property and research analyst at Investment Property Databank (IPD). Niel holds a B.Com in Economics and a B.Com Hons (Econometrics) from the University of Johannesburg.

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  1. BLOG

    COVID-19’s Uneven Impact on Office Vacancy 

    Jul 26, 2021 Niel Harmse

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    What was the precise impact of the COVID-19 crisis on office properties? While the overall vacancy rate at the end of 2020 was lower than the previous cycle’s peak, the percentage of fully leased office buildings reached an all-time low.

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    Translating Climate Goals into Action in Real Estate Portfolios 

    Jun 28, 2021 Will Robson , Niel Harmse

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    Many investors have made bold commitments to transition their real estate portfolios to net-zero carbon emissions and are now developing and implementing plans to achieve this goal. But what could this transition look like in practice for property portfolios?

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    How Office Real Estate Performed amid COVID 

    Apr 27, 2021 Niel Harmse

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    COVID-19 disrupted real estate across countries and property segments. The biggest initial impacts were felt in retail, leisure and hotels. But more recently, the performance of listed offices has lagged.

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    Was Infrastructure Solid During COVID-19? 

    Oct 27, 2020 Will Robson , Niel Harmse

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    Infrastructure investments have not been spared the effects of the pandemic. A closer look across investment types, subsectors and risk levels over time may provide useful perspective as private-capital firms and their investors manage through.

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    Could COVID-19 Topple Global Cities' Dominance? 

    Oct 13, 2020 Niel Harmse

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    Property investors turned to global gateway cities to diversify portfolios and generate capital growth in the years since the 2008 global financial crisis. We assess whether COVID-19 could jeopardize the relative dominance of these power cities.

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    Missed Rents’ Impact on Real Estate 

    Sep 11, 2020 Bryan Reid , Niel Harmse

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    Some commercial tenants have stopped paying rent amid COVID-19. Without rental income, property funds are not able to pay distributions to shareholders and borrowers cannot service their debt. We analyzed property-fund data to assess the impact on investors.

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    COVID-19 and Real Estate: The Devil Is in the Dispersion 

    Jun 23, 2020 Fritz Louw , Niel Harmse

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    Many real estate markets were showing signs of a slowdown even before COVID-19’s negative impact on property portfolios. Has this correction been similar to previous ones? We looked at dispersion of returns, within and across real estate sectors, for the answer.

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    Real estate is about more than location during uncertain times 

    Mar 18, 2020 Niel Harmse

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    With real estate now occupying a greater slice of multi-asset-class portfolios, factors such as lease length, may be more systematic drivers of return than previously thought. 

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    Don’t confuse capital growth and asset-value growth 

    Mar 21, 2019 Niel Harmse

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    Measuring real estate growth is not a simple exercise; we run through it highlighting some common confusions

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    Brexit, Black Wednesday and Real Estate's Currency Risk 

    Feb 25, 2019 Niel Harmse

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    When investors buy overseas real estate, they inevitably take on foreign-exchange exposure. The resulting currency-market dislocations resulted in near-term losses for some investors, but also created attractive opportunities for investors to buy real estate exposure in the U.K.

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