Real Estate Investment Worldwide to Reach $180 Billion Per Year

Posted on 22 September, 2012 by Jodee Redmond

Jones Lang LaSalle has released a new report, entitled “Redefining Retail Investment,” and the information is being presented at a time when the industry is focused on the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) 2012 Retail Real Estate World Summit. The summit is being held in Shanghai, and the results could prove to be very interesting.

Over the last 10 years, over $1 trillion in retail real estate has been bought and sold worldwide. On average, global direct investment has accounted for over US $1 billion in activity per year since 2004. Annual volumes hit US $122.5 billion in 2011.

  • Annual investment in retail commercial properties worldwide could reach US $180 billion by 2020 based on increasing cross-border activity.
  • China and India rank highest on Jones Lang LaSalle’s Real Estate Momentum Index. It is used to indicate the countries that have the strongest global real estate momentum. Russia sits at No. 9, and the Ukraine is No. 13 on the list.
  • Retail’s contribution to investment will increase over to the year 2020, and will reach close to 30 per cent by that point. This level represents an increase from 24 per cent in the last decade.
  • Growth markets will account for approximately 25 per cent of retail investment worldwide by 2020, in contrast to the current level of less than 10 per cent. Established markets are expected to decline from 83 per cent to just over 60 per cent.

The report identifies China, Brazil, and Turkey as being growth markets for global investors. The Chinese market is an especially enticing one for investors, as it will be the largest consumer market on the planet. The country is projected to become a US $15 billion per year real estate investment market by the year 2020. According to Jones Lang LaSalle, this is the country to watch.

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