Demand for U.S. commercial real estate assets from high-net-worth individuals — those with more than $1 million in liquid assets — rose in 2016 to $10.3 billion, according to the latest research from global property firm CBRE Group.
This marks the highest level since 2013.
Multifamily was the property sector with the highest investment volumes from HNW investors in 2016, with a total of $3.5 billion, overtaking retail at $3.2 billion, which was the most favored sector in 2015. In 2017, 37 percent of HNW investors show a continued preference for multifamily, according to CBRE Research. This was followed closely by industrial at 33 percent, with both retail and office at 12 percent.
“While the HNWI real estate activity only comprises approximately 2 percent of the total U.S. commercial real estate volume, their overall appetite for real estate product remains strong as they search for overall returns,” said Revathi Greenwood, Americas head of investment researc