Institutional Real Estate Americas

September 1, 2021: Vol. 33, Number 8

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Green living: How the apartment industry is engaging with ESG

The apartment sector has been among the most attractive property types for investment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And given that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are of increasing importance to investors, ESG in the apartment sector deserves particular attention. Residential assets have unique challenges when it comes to implementing ESG, especially on the environmental […]


Are gateway markets overpriced? An investigation of fiscal challenges facing gateway markets

The conventional wisdom is that gateway markets offer superior returns and liquidity — at least in comparison to their non-gateway counterparts — due to a number of perceived advantages, including the difficulties of permitting new construction, physical supply barriers such as mountains, concentrations of credit tenants, and the locales of leading “knowledge” companies and institutions. […]


Positive trends: Post-COVID-19, middle-income housing is even more essential

The record-long economic expansion came to a sharp halt with the COVID-19 crisis, causing record drops across various economic indicators. The labor market lost more than 22 million jobs, while unemployment swelled to nearly 15 percent, some 500 basis points above prior financial crisis peaks. While the economic recovery has cooled after an initial burst […]


The future of commercial real estate: Nontraditional property types are no longer niche

Historically, real estate institutional investors have allocated capital to five property types in the U.S. — office, retail, multifamily, industrial and, decreasingly, hotel. In recent years niche and emerging property types (herein referred to as nontraditional) have seen a significant increase in investor interest and capital allocated in both the public and private real estate […]


The countdown: The top 10 issues affecting real estate, 2021–2022

In June, The Counselors of Real Estate released the results of its annual survey of members to identify the current and emerging issues expected to have the most significant impact on real estate for the foreseeable future. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic was the leading concern of the 1,000-member organization — and many of the […]


Potential problem analysis: A nonquantitative approach to risk management

We’ve been on a mission here at Institutional Real Estate, Inc. to help build on and enhance the body of knowledge surrounding risk and risk management within the realm of real asset–related investing. Much of our work on this topic, led by Randall Zisler, chief investment strategist and research director of the Institute for Real […]


Self-storage sector is well-positioned for post-pandemic growth

The self-storage industry has performed well amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and is well positioned for the post-pandemic environment, given its inflation-resistant leases and a moderate slowing in new supply. According to Yardi Matrix, the self-storage sector has been one of the best performing property types during the past 18 months. As of June, rental rates […]


Full-service restaurant foot traffic increases

With many states planning to fully reopen, diners are returning to date night or family nights outside the home. Dining out is a return to pre-pandemic life, and there is pent-up socialization. Restaurants are opening dining rooms to various degrees. More than 22,000 restaurants and food businesses reopened in the second quarter, according to Yelp […]


Record return for industrial propels NPI to 10-year high

The total return for the NCREIF Property Index (NPI) increased again during second quarter 2021, taking it to the highest return in the past 10 years. The NPI has grown to 9,513 commercial properties, totaling $742 billion of market value. The quarterly total return was 3.59 percent, up from 1.72 percent in the prior quarter, […]

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