The number of real estate deals involving private equity have slowed according to new research from analytics firm Preqin.

Globally deal volume was 5,191 in 2017, roughly in line with 2016; but deal value reached a new record of U$287 billion.

“Despite sluggish deal activity in the beginning of the year, levels picked up in H2, driving 2017 to be a banner year for the private equity real estate deal industry,” commented Oliver Senchal, Head of Real Estate Products at Preqin.

North America still accounts for the majority of deal activity, with 3,489 deals announced, representing two-thirds of global transactions and 54% of total deal value in 2017; but the region’s proportion of global deals and aggregate value has declined from 81% and 72% respectively in 2012.

Europe and Asia have both seen increases in their share of deal activity.

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