- February 2012: Vol. 4 No. 2

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Building Investor Confidence: Real Estate Investors Are Demanding Greater Transparency and Better Information

by Peter Hobbs, Tim Horsey, Kevin Swaddle and Jim Valente

The global financial crisis of 2008 changed everything.  Almost overnight, investors moved from a world of apparent certainty and stability to a world of great uncertainty and potential instability. Few would now argue against the conventional wisdom that uncertainty is here to stay, for the foreseeable — or unforeseeable — future.

As its name suggests, the crisis has left no one around the world — and certainly no investor or asset class — untouched. Real estate, for all its local roots, is now an unashamedly global investment asset, open to the free movement of capital seeking to optimize riskadjusted returns.

In this brave — or, many would say, fearful — new world, most investors are looking for solidity rather than excitement; possible losses frequently loom larger in their imaginations than possible gains. Real estate professionals can justifiably argue that their asset class has an important role in this kind of envi

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