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- December 1, 2014: Vol. 6, Number 11

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The domestic response: How are Australian institutional investors responding to the increasingly competitive domestic real estate investment landscape?

by Leonie Wilkinson

Much has been written about the inflow of capital from offshore sources to Australia. But what of Australia’s domestic investors? Clearly, Australian institutional investors represent a large and growing capital pool, but what are the unique challenges and opportunities facing this investor set? Some key themes are emerging from the Australian institutional investor market, and a number of strategies are being developed to ensure this group remains able to meet its real estate investment objectives in an increasingly competitive landscape.

The Australian property squeeze

For investors constructing a global real estate portfolio during and after the global financial crisis, Australia provides indirect exposure to the keenly sought robust Asian markets. It also provides relative value as, consistent with previous cycles, the domestic market lags cap rate trends abroad. Accordingly, demand for quality Australian real estate remains elevated, with many i

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