Research - MAY 5, 2015

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Investors plan to increase real estate acquisitions in 2015

by Loretta Clodfelter

A majority of investors plan to increase their acquisitions of commercial real estate this year, according to a new survey of global real estate investors by CBRE. The firm’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015 found 53 percent of investors plan to increase their real estate investment this year — down from 61 percent in the 2014 survey. CBRE surveyed approximately 700 organizations globally, including asset managers, property companies, institutional investors, REITs and banks.

The biggest obstacle to increasing purchasing activity is asset pricing, according to 50 percent of respondents, followed by availability of assets (21 percent) and competition from other investors (19 percent). Taken together, the results paint a picture of a real estate market experiencing strong demand from investors.

“The appetite for global real estate investment is increasing as more investors intend to deploy capital outside of their own region this

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