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- November 2011: Vol. 23 No. 10

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Finding Your Niche: More Investors Consider Noncore Property Types

by Denise DeChaine

Yields on core properties in top-tier markets aren’t as attractive as they were earlier in the cycle due to intense competition, so some institutional investors are looking at other income-generating, high-yield vehicles. And while it may not be a stampede yet, more investors are devoting their attention and capital to alternative real estate assets, such as student housing, seniors housing, healthcare properties, medical office properties and self-storage facilities

When it comes to defining the word “niche,” there are so many different possible answers that one could use. It could mean a place, employment, status or activity for which a person is best fitted, or on a scientific level, the ecological role of an organism in a community, especially in regard to food consumption.

One definition that fits when referring to niche markets in institutional real estate investing is “a habitat supplying the factors necessary for the exist

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