Institutional Real Estate Americas

September 1, 2013: Vol. 25, Number 8

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From the Current Issue


Missteps: Private equity GPs have failed to evolve and are more often wrong than right when predicting real estate trends in Latin America

During the past 18 months, private equity real estate GPs in Latin America appear to have missed the mark in the identification and pursuit of opportunities throughout the region. During roadshows and public forums, GPs repeatedly called attention to numerous real estate trends that failed to materialize and grossly underestimated the role of local capital in meeting financing demand.


I beg to differ: Consolidation of investment firms will promote inevitable creep toward mediocrity

I listened to The Dohrmann Report podcast for July and heard Geoffrey Dohrmann make several interesting comments, but I want to focus on the ones he made regarding the indisputable consolidation in the investment management industry. Geoff quoted some fairly startling statistics, one of which was that the top 10 firms in terms of assets under management account for 53 percent of all investable institutional real estate assets. The top 25 firms account for 76 percent of total assets. He also mentioned that the number of firms sponsoring Institutional Real Estate, Inc. publications shrank from 48 to 13 between 1990 and 2000 because of consolidation.


Global asset management revenue hits 32 percent

Median pre-tax operating margins rose to 32 percent, the highest since 2007, according to a new survey of 101 money managers worldwide who invest an aggregate $23 trillion for institutions and individuals. The new high in profit margin was driven by market appreciation, which also lifted 2012 revenue in the global asset management industry past the previous 2007 peak.


The need for a common data submission process

Within the business world today, there are tremendous demands to share and transmit data between multiple organizations. This demand requires distribution of accurate and relevant information in a timely manner. In addition, as technology continues to evolve, more tools and firms are attempting to analyze this data and turn it into pertinent information. That increases the need even more for smooth data flows. Within the commercial real estate investment industry, this demand is no different and continues to grow at a rapid pace.


Fundraising activity perks up as mega-funds join the fray

While the second quarter fundraising volume was not earth shattering, the number of funds that contributed to the total was noteworthy. During the period, 31 private equity real estate funds wrapped up their marketing efforts, raising a total of $14.9 billion, according to Institutional Real Estate FundTracker. It was the largest number of fund closings recorded since third quarter 2008 when 39 funds were finalized. The $14.9 billion sum represents a substantial increase from the first quarter figure of $7.9 billion and the second quarter 2012 total of $9.5 billion. 


U.S. single-family housing market gains momentum

Home is where the heart is — and, perhaps, a mother lode of profits for institutional investors who have banked on the single-family housing sector. They have to be feeling pretty good about their strategy after receiving a spate of positive housing reports. Among the numbers provoking exuberance:

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