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Research - JANUARY 18, 2022

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Global residential investment outstrips offices

by Andrea Zander

Residential and industrial property will be the strongest real estate asset classes globally in 2022, and that total investment volumes bounced back very strongly in 2021 as an increasing number of funds looked to invest into real estate, according to Savills World Research.

In an update to Impacts, its global research program, Savills said that in the 12 months to November 2021 global real estate investment volumes rose 38 percent on the same period in 2020 to $1.3 trillion.

While global investment in the offices sector remains below pre-pandemic levels, volumes in the highly sought-after industrial sector rose 54 percent; this is likely to continue throughout 2022. Residential (namely multifamily, but also student and senior housing) became the largest sector for investment globally in 2021, overtaking offices for the first time (see chart). The international real estate advisor says that investors are increasingly attracted to residential’s secure, income generat

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