With the new year approaching Colliers International has been gauging the sentiment of investors globally. The survey of more than 600 investors including REITS, private equity firms and institutions with a collective U$1.5 trillion in real estate assets. Sentiment remains high with more than half of those polled expecting to increase property assets in 2016. The US is the favoured market with global gateway cities also on the shopping list. A large proportion of the investors highlight the additional risk that investing in real estate will bring due to factors such as China’s flagging economy.

The most popular choice for the investors polled are offices followed by industrial, developments and shopping centres. Although globally there is less interest for 2016 in residential real estate, this sector has a higher profile for Canada and the US.

Overall Colliers’ survey suggests that investors will be cautiously growing their real estate portfolios but will be keen to ensure that they are not overpaying for acquisitions. There will be a greater focus on selling, bringing new supply to markets.

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