2012 ends with buying spree
Investment managers pushed to get transactions closed and on the books during fourth quarter 2012, completing acquisitions totaling $12.1 billion during the quarter, according to Institutional Real Estate, Inc.’s Investment Manager Capital Flows Survey. The fourth quarter total was a substantial jump from the third quarter figure of $4.7 billion, and it was significantly higher than the fourth quarter 2011 mark of $7.7 billion.
In addition, investment managers were active on the sales side, reporting asset dispositions of $8 billion during the fourth quarter, up from $7.3 billion in third quarter 2012.
For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2012, investment managers were net buyers, recording $29.5 billion of property acquisitions, while selling assets totaling $25.4 billion.
Acquisitions during the fourth quarter 2012 were primarily focused on U.S. properties, which accounted for