Institutional Real Estate Americas

November 1, 2013: Vol. 25, Number 10

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From the Current Issue


New York tops U.S.

New York City is not only the largest global real estate market for the third consecutive year, but it also experienced the highest degree of growth, with volumes rising 39 percent to $49.2 billion.


ULI makes hurricane-force recommendations

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy bludgeoned the Northeast and reminded all in its path that even the most fortified edifices and infrastructure facilities are no match for Mother Nature scorned.


U.S. foreclosure rates continue steady drop

The home is apparently open for business again. September marked 36 consecutive months that U.S. foreclosure activity declined when compared to the same month the year before, according to numbers released by RealtyTrac. The company’s latest U.S. Foreclosure Market Report notes 131,232 homes were foreclosed during September, a 2 percent increase from August, but a 27 percent decrease from September 2012.


The money talks: Investors and managers wrestle with persistent issues at fall conclave

There were two overriding — and seemingly contradictory — sentiments at the fall Editorial Advisory Board meeting produced by Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI). On the one hand, participants in the Sept. 3–5 gathering in Southern California exuded optimism about the global fiscal situation and its near-term outlook. On the other hand, there was clear concern about the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program, interest rates and cap rates. In particular, how the inevitable rise in interest rates will affect cap rates.


Global investment sentiment: American, Asian investors jumping back into the pool, but water still too chilly for Europeans

Members of the IREI staff and I have just finished a grand tour of the globe, consulting our Editorial Advisory Boards in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, as we always do at this time of year. In the process, we heard from 75 investors collectively controlling $3.5 trillion in total assets under management, $326 billion of which represented their collective investments in real property holdings around the globe.

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