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The four food groups: A closer look at the four main institutional property types

by Denise DeChaine

1 No matter where you go these days, nutrition importance is all around. From social media to children’s programming to the White House, eating right remains a hot topic. Many of us remember learning about the four basic food groups: vegetables and fruits, dairy, proteins and cereals/breads. Real estate has four basic “food groups” as well: office, multifamily, retail and industrial. These four sectors make up a majority of real estate investing today. According to USAA Real Estate Co.’s U.S. Property Market Outlook 2016: House View report, the U.S. economy and real estate markets delivered another solid performance in 2015. Annual GDP growth was on pace to finish above 2 percent for the second consecutive year. The labor market moderated from its record-breaking pace of nearly 3 million jobs in 2014, but still the unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent at year’s end. And real estate fundamentals were healthy, with the exception of a few pockets of ove

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