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Institutional Real Estate Americas

September 2009: Vol. 21 No. 8

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  • The Dawn of a New REIT Era?

    Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been hit particularly hard in the current bear market, and commercial real estate fundamentals aren’t expected to improve for years. So why are industry insiders so hopeful?


  • The Recession's Global Reach: Transaction Markets Across the Globe Grind to a Halt

    In 2007 real estate transaction volumes reached historic highs fueled by cheap debt, strong fundamentals and the appeal of a decreasing yield. Since that point in time, deals have stalled amid the global financial and economic crisis.

  • How Do You Price a Secondary?

    Ronald Dickerman, president of Madison International Realty, answers this month’s reader’s question: “How do buyers price illiquid joint venture interests held by institutions in the changing economic environment?”

  • Shop Talk: A Conversation with Howard Kaplan

    When the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) passed in 1974, it opened the door for pension fund investing in alternative assets. Among those new alternative assets were agricultural land and timber, which investors identified early on as a steady, relatively safe long-term investment that could deliver equity-like returns with bond-like risk. Today, with the growing momentum behind biofuels and continuing demand coming from emerging markets, timber and agricultural land investments are once again proving their strength as alternative core investments.