Institutional Real Estate Americas

July/August 2012: Vol. 24 No. 7

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From the Current Issue


Women's Work: Real Estate Investment Management Continues to Be a Male-Dominated Field

The real estate fund management business is dominated by men, especially as you look at the more senior ranks. Reasons for this disparity include latent sexism, women’s higher responsibility for childrearing and a lack of supportive mentors. Diversity is good for business, and increased scrutiny by institutional investors could push general partners to be more supportive of women’s careers.


Much Ado About Nothing: The Tale of the Scorpion and the Turtle

There seems to be a debate raging amongst investors today about the optimal way in which to access the markets — through allocators, who partner with operating partners to produce the desired results, or by partnering directly with the operating companies themselves, eliminating the so-called middle man.


Parades and Charades

Starting this issue, the Market Perspective column will be authored by a rotating panel of four industry experts — Ted Leary, president of Crosswater Realty Advisors; Nori Gerardo Lietz, founding partner of Areté Capital; Randy Zisler, CEO of Zisler Capital Associates; and Stephen Roulac, founder of Roulac Global Places. We trust that you will find these articles to be insightful and thought-provoking. As always, your comments and feedback are encouraged. Send them to me at We kick things off with Ted Leary. Enjoy the read. — Ed.


Global Warming: Investment Sentiment May Have Been Weakened by Recent Events, but Real Estate Investors Know Where the Opportunities Are

After fears heightened following the sovereign debt events in Europe and the United States during the summer of 2011, economic sentiment has since shifted in different ways across the major global regions. Economic growth for the United States has gradually improved, yet remains mild. Asia Pacific has entered a period of weaker growth, and monetary loosening is expected to put a floor under economic growth levels there. In Europe, continued debt issues and political uncertainty are driving a weaker short-term outlook.


REITs post impressive returns in 2012

Despite economic uncertainties characterized by a fiscal cliff and shaky global economy, REITs recorded a strong return of 19.7 percent in 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year that equity REITs have outperformed other asset classes, according to the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index.


Vermont seeks new noncore real estate manager

The Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) is currently accepting proposals from investment firms to manage a noncore real estate mandate (value-add, opportunistic and/or real estate debt) for the system.

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