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Investor appetite for real estate funds shows no signs of slowing down

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors are planning to their allocations to real estate funds according to a new investor survey from global research firm, Preqin. The firm's latest survey of over 100 private real estate investors reveals an increase in the proportion of investors planning to commit to the asset class in the next 12 months, compared to the 36% that planned to invest in the 12 months following January 2012.

In addition to demonstrating interest in new investments, 37% of investors interviewed stated that they would deploy more capital to private real estate funds in the next 12 months than they have in the last 12 months. This is an increase compared to January 2012, when only 26% of investors stated that they would commit more capital throughout 2012 than they had in 2011. Big investors seem to the the center of that investment activity, 70% of investors with $10bn or more are likely to invest in the next 12 months, compared to only 26% of investors with less than $1bn in assets under management.

In the next 12 months, 52% of investors are taking an opportunistic approach, 27% expect to commit to 1-2 funds, 10% are considering commitments to 3-4 funds, and another 10% will commit to five or more funds. The survey data seems to track with other activity in the area, as Pensions & Investments, repo......................

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