- July/August 2012: Vol. 24 No. 7

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Opportunities Found: Favorable Demographics and a Healing Economy and Job Market Are Fueling Modest Growth and Better Prospects

by Will McIntosh

Shaken by stock market volatility and low bond yields, investors have been gravitating toward equity real estate but have become concerned about what appears to be limited property availability. Despite these concerns, significant opportunities do exist and can be identified by considering demographic, economic and real estate market trends.

There are several themes affecting global real estate markets and shaping U.S. investment opportunities. They include: uncertainty, slow growth, high unemployment and deleveraging.

Uncertainty has caused investors of all types to hold off on their investment activities, or to focus on more conservative investments with current income and stable cash flows. Only recently have we seen the uncertainty start to wane. As investors, both corporate and individual, start to feel more comfortable with where the economy is headed, we should see more investing and an improving economy.


The U.S. economy, after

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