CRE Investors Make Fewer Big Deals, But Raise More Money
The amount of uncalled or undrawn real estate investment capital, or “dry powder,” has grown to staggering levels. This increase has come at a time when the investment climate remains decidedly mixed, with top-quality assets in core markets commanding high valuations after a sustained up-cycle. As a result, investors are increasingly searching elsewhere for properties that offer potentially higher yields.
The effects are showing up in deal volume. The total dollar volume for real estate sales of $100 million or more in the commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – was 19.5 percent lower in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. However, the deal volume for properties at prices of $100 million or less was just 2.3 percent lower, according to CoStar COMPs data.
Meanwhile according to Preqin, a leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, investors in U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties are finding it increasingly challenging to find attractive opportunities for allocating that raised capital, according to Oliver Senchal, head of real estate products for Preqin.
This report on the disruption of new capital flowing into existing investment funds in relation to national and Philadelphia commercial properties is being offered through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.
“This [trend] places pressure on less-stablished fund managers, who are facing greater competition for the remainder of investor commitments and will have to find ways to stand out from one another to attract capital,” Preqin’s Senchal added.
Even as the volume of big real estate deals drops in the U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets, CRE continues to attract more institutional capital allocations. In fact, 2017 represents an important milestone in this regard, according to Cornell University’s fifth annual Institutional Real Estate Allocations Monitor survey.
The survey revealed that for the first time, global institutional investors’ average target allocation involving national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings surpassed the 10 percent threshold.
Over the past five years, institutional portfolios throughout the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – have increased their exposure from 8.5 percent to 9.1 percent invested. This implies that real estate portfolios have increased by approximately $0.5 trillion in total value, through a combination of capital appreciation and new investments.
Although real estate has enjoyed a steady uptick in target allocations, the report reveals the pace of target allocations is moderating among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings. Approximately 22 percent of institutional investors surveyed indicated they expect to increase their target allocations over the next 12 months, down from 30 percent in 2016.
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