- March 1, 2016: Vol. 8, Number 3

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Change equals opportunity: The regional and global outlooks for real estate present investors with options

by Bastian Wolff and Pieter Nelissen

The amount of private equity capital focused on real estate investment has reached levels not seen since peaks registered in 2007 and 2008, according to Partners Group’s semi-annual report H1 2016 Private Markets Navigator. This has driven investment volumes in key first-tier cities to their highest levels since 2006, compressing yields in these markets at the strongest pace in five years. The quantity of global capital pursuing real estate investment is projected to continue to fuel all-time pricing highs in gateway cities throughout 2016. Many major metros now are considered to be “priced to perfection”, and steady demand for real estate has stimulated a spillover effect into secondary markets. Despite this, the balance between leasing activity and underlying economic fundamentals moved in greater lockstep with capital markets in 2015. The narrowing of this gap has left many major commercial real estate markets on sounder footing than at any point since the global financial

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