Institutional Real Estate Americas

June 1, 2021: Vol. 33, Number 6

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A global dialogue: Editors share takeaways from 2021’s virtual Editorial Advisory Board meetings

During the past few months, investors, managers and consultants joined the virtual Editorial Advisory Board meetings for each of Institutional Real Estate, Inc.’s regional publications, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the real estate investment industry. The 2021 editorial board of Institutional Real Estate Europe met virtually Feb. 15–18; the editorial board of Institutional […]


Industrial market continues to attract attention

U.S. industrial properties have seen leasing and sales velocity exceed pre-pandemic levels, as changes wrought by COVID-19, as well as investors’ flight to safety, have accelerated pre-existing trends in the segment. Experts note industrial leasing has continued to experience strong momentum throughout the pandemic. Unlike other property types, the industrial market has seen strong absorption […]


Retail may be poised for recovery, though investors remain cautious

After a challenging 2020, retail market conditions improved in the first quarter of 2021, according to Cushman & Wakefield. As the quarter unfolded, government stimulus payments were distributed, the pace of vaccinations accelerated, shoppers became more active, and the retail sector began to improve. Cushman & Wakefield tracked negative net absorption of –740,000 square feet […]


Proptech has become ‘business imperative’ for real estate

Technology has become increasingly crucial for commercial real estate firms, according to Zain Jaffer, the founder and CEO of Zain Ventures, an investment firm with more than $100 million in assets under management. “Proptech used to be a value-add in the commercial real estate space,” says Jaffer. “Now, it’s a business imperative. Property technology as […]


Investors target distressed properties for conversion plans

Real estate owners selling some of the underperforming properties and streamlining their portfolios are finding plenty of buyers, with an increasing number converting distressed assets into new uses that are in high demand, such as affordable housing, behavioral health facilities and student accommodation, according to JLL. “The trend of opening up these distressed properties to […]


30 funds reach final close in Q1 2021, raising $26.5b

During first quarter 2021, the final closing of 30 real estate investment funds was recorded, representing an aggregate dollar volume of $26.5 billion. This is the highest number of fund closings since second quarter 2020’s 37 fund closings and the highest fundraising volume since second quarter 2020’s fundraise of $48.3 billion. It seems investors were […]


April job growth falls short of expectations

In April, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 266,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.1 percent, though the labor force participation rate also increased to 61.7 percent. Employment remains 5.4 percent below its pre-pandemic February 2020 level. Overall, recent employment activity fell short […]


Institutional real estate gets back to pre-pandemic returns

The return for institutional investors as measured by the NCREIF Property Index (NPI) increased again during first quarter 2021, reaching pre-COVID-19 levels. The NPI reflects investment performance for 9,442 commercial properties, totaling $717 billion of market value. The quarterly total return was 1.72 percent, up from 1.15 percent in the prior quarter, higher than first […]

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