The highest level of real estate investment on record was achieved in 2017 with a global total of $1.62 trillion (US), compared to $1.43 trillion (US) in 2016, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s “The Global Investment Atlas 2018” report. The investment climate is anticipated to further improve in 2018.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Carlo Barel di Sant’Albano, says, “Global real estate performed exceptionally well in 2017 with volumes up sharply and increasing valuations. This has provided good momentum going into 2018, and the balance of pricing, supply and demand all point to a further healthy year.”
Asian investors were the major driving force behind the record levels of real estate investment, with money from the region accounting for more than half of all capital deployed, and 46% of all cross-border activity. What is more, with the range of sources of capital within the region still increasing, this is likely to signal a period of sustained dominance.
Global investors from APAC increased their exposure to most markets, with the U.S. a notable exception. North America’s loss was Europe’s gain however, as investment from Asian sources grew by 96% year-over-year, primarily a result of several very large-scale transactions.
Sources: Hutchings, David. "Global Investment Atlas 2018". Cushman & Wakefield. Mar 14, 2018. Web Apr 30, 2018.