Blackstone’s contrarian bets on real estate

Distressed real estate across the pond holds promise, Joan Solotar of Blackstone said Thursday.

"We are still cautious on economies in Europe, but if you look at asset pricing, huge discounts to replacement value," she said. "Banks are starting to sell. So, if you think about corporate M&A as being incredibly slow, that's not the case in real estate."

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Solotar, who is senior managing director of external relations and strategy, said her strategy was: "Buy it, fix it, sell it."

One of the areas she was focusing on was Spain.

"Prices are much, much lower, and if you can take a four- or five-year view, improve the assets – we're very much buy it, fix it, sell it mode – Spain's interesting."

Asked what potential risks her thesis could face, Solotar turned to pricing.

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"There's always something that could go wrong, but at the pricing that we're at now, the basis is so low," she said. "And real estate is the kind of asset that if you don't have it over-leveraged situation, you can hold."

The number of buyers vs. available properties was an important factor, she added.

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"It's all about supply and demand," Solotar said. "At the moment you haven't had any building over a protracted period of time, so supply is much less than it is. There aren't a lot of buyers with capital to move.

"There are assets that today are of real value that maybe 12 months ago, you know, wouldn't have felt as good."

By CNBC's Bruno J. Navarro. Follow him on Twitter: @Bruno_J_Navarro.

— CNBC's Stephanie Landsman contributed reporting to this article. Follow her on Twitter: @StephLandsman.

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