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Comparing the Real Estate Market in 2015 to 2016 and Making Predictions

Jim Groch, Chief Financial Officer, CBRE
January 15, 2016

Jim Groch, Chief Financial Officer, CBRE, discusses global capital flows and investment outlook


Executive Summary

Jim Groch of CBRE, recently related that global events are introducing increased risk and volatility which will impact real estate investing in 2016. However, he expects the volume of transactions to increase year over year although at a slower pace. Specifically, he expects the volume of transactions to increase in the Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, but to decrease in the Asia Pacific region, with Japan as the exception. The decline in oil prices is impacting Middle Eastern investors yet a couple of very large sovereign wealth funds are expecting to increase their investment in real estate outside of their own markets. Overall, expect significant flows of private capital out of this heavily oil dependent region.

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