- November 1, 2010 Vol. 4 No. 10

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Heading Down Route 66: How Do the 66 Investable Real Estate Markets Around the World Measure Up for Institutional Investors?

by Karsten Lieser and Alexander Peter Groh

Institutional investors in international commercial real estate have one key objective: to perform transactions with satisfactory risk-return ratios. They look globally to achieve their goals and in many cases set their sights on emerging regions, attracted by high growth expectations and diversification prospects. In fact, a substantial number of investors have exposure to foreign markets either through direct property investments or through fund manager intermediaries. Especially for investors in countries that have only a limited real estate market in terms of size, international investing becomes a necessity.

Building an international real estate portfolio often means venturing into the unknown, where one meets unfamiliar political, legal and economic environments, difficulties in finding deal partners and potentially illiquid exit markets alongside different cultures and languages. Although the expected economic growth and advantages of diversif

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