Global Investment Trends in Commercial Real Estate


Welcome to CBRE Global Capital Insights. In this six-part series, our CBRE capital markets and research experts explore where global capital is migrating today, identify key players in the marketplace and shed light on significant trends transforming the commercial real estate landscape.

Ebb and Flow

Chris Ludeman and Chris Brett sit down with Hiroshi Okubo to discuss the evolving global investing landscape.
Global investors are increasingly focused on political instability and sluggish economic growth, and their potential impact on commercial real estate demand. But capital remains abundant. Here are the top countries, markets and assets attracting investment, and critical mega trends fueling cross-border capital flows.
Chris Ludeman and Chris Brett sit down with Hiroshi Okubo to discuss the evolving global investing landscape.

Capital Profusion

Brian Stoffers and Hiroshi Okubo examine market dynamics fueling the flood of debt and equity in the market.
An abundance of capital, rigorous underwriting standards and technologies that optimize capital structures for borrowers are just three of the trends transforming the commercial real estate lending terrain. We look at what’s driving new players to enter the market, and how negative central bank interest rates in countries like Japan are affecting lending trends.
Brian Stoffers and Hiroshi Okubo examine market dynamics fueling the flood of debt and equity in the market.

Double Whammy

Richard Barkham and Wei Luo look at two factors weighing on cap rates and why CRE investment will continue.
Commercial real estate cap rates have been compressed significantly over the last decade. Yet capital continues to pour into real estate amid positive global demographics and rising investor demand. We look at what’s driving real estate prices, and why the economic cycle may have room to run.
Richard Barkham and Wei Luo look at two factors weighing on cap rates and why CRE investment will continue.

The Owner-Occupier Boom

Richard Barkham and Darcy Stacom discuss what’s motivating occupiers to buy and the flex-space revolution.
Large occupiers, particularly technology companies, are increasingly buying office space rather than leasing. They are driven by a low cost of capital and the power to deploy real estate to respond to business needs, improve productivity, drive employee recruitment and retention, and reinforce their brand and cultures.
Richard Barkham and Darcy Stacom discuss what’s motivating occupiers to buy and the flex-space revolution.

What’s Driving The Industrial and Logistics Boom?

David Egan, Jack Fraker and Simon Blake discuss why the warehousing wave has more room to run.
The industrial and logistics sector is quickly moving into a new phase of globalization, offering sovereign wealth funds and pension funds the opportunity to invest at scale. For every $1 billion in additional e-commerce sales, businesses require 1 million square feet of warehousing. As robust consumer demand continues to drive e-commerce, investors are looking to Europe, where penetration rates remain low compared to the U.S.
David Egan, Jack Fraker and Simon Blake discuss why the warehousing wave has more room to run.

How Investors Benefit From Digital Transformation

Courtney Noll talks with Kevin Aussef about how technology is driving superior decision-making for investors.
Commercial real estate has seen an explosion of investment in software, artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality, among other technologies. Data management, enablement technologies and digital marketplaces are delivering a more sophisticated value proposition to clients, empowering them to make better strategic decisions in real time.
Courtney Noll talks with Kevin Aussef about how technology is driving superior decision-making for investors.
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