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$78.9bn new capital planned for deployment in global real estate in 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global real estate is set to attract about €64.6 billion ($78.9 billion) in investments this year, with European real estate set to gain the lion's share of institutional investor commitments, said a study.

According to the 2021 Investment Intentions survey published today by ANREV, INREV, and PREA, institutional investors plan to invest a minimum of €55.4 billion in global real estate in 2021, with a strong emphasis on Europe.

Funds of funds expect to invest a further €9.2 billion into global real estate this year, bringing the total expected minimum new capital to €64.6 billion ($78.9 billion), it revealed.

Of the expected €55.4 billion of investments, nearly half (€26.5 billion) will be committed to European real estate compared with €17.5 billion for North America and €9.7 billion for the Asia Pacific, with the remaining €1.7 billion targeting Americas ex-US and Africa. These results might be partially skewed due to European respondents accounting for a large share of the sample size.

Across all three global regions, investors cited the diversification benefits of real estate in a multi-asset portfolio as one of the most important factors in their decision to invest in the asset class. All regions recorded inflation hedging as the least important factor influencing their decision to invest.

Despite the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the majority of respondents, regardless of investor domicile and......................

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