- July 1, 2018: Vol. 12, Number 7

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The threat of tech: Investors are rightly concerned about tech disruptors. But which advances will have the most impact on real estate and how can their associated risks be controlled?

by Jennifer Bollen

Know technology or you’re out of the game, says Emmanuel Lumineau, chief executive of real estate investment platform BrickVest.

His comment underscores a growing realisation within real estate that managers need to embrace technological disruption in order to gain an edge in today’s crowded investment market.

Globally, real estate fundraising hit a first quarter record this year. In the first three months of 2018, investment managers raised $32.8 billion (€28 billion) based on 25 fund closings, establishing a record for most capital raised in a first quarter, according to Institutional Real Estate Inc’s FundTracker database. The first quarter 2018 total was $16.1 billion (€13.7 billion) more than the amount raised in first quarter 2017 and $100 million (€85.3 million) more than the previous first quarter record high set in 2015. And by all indications, investors’ appetite for real estate remains strong.

Late last year, a global report pub

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