A majority of real estate industry leaders polled plan to increase their U.S. investments this year, as they expect continued growth in the U.S. real estate market in 2017 and beyond, according to KPMG’s 2017 Real Estate Industry Outlook Survey: Real Estate Expansion Lives On.
Fifty-two percent of real estate executives polled believe that improving real estate fundamentals in 2017 will be the biggest driver of their company’s revenue growth. Ninety-one percent of investors are bullish on access to equity capital, with 25 percent expecting an improvement in 2017 and 66 percent believing that the positive trend will remain the same. Fifty-one percent of survey respondents also indicated that foreign investment in U.S. real estate will increase in 2017.
“A growing U.S. economy, coupled with healthy real estate fundamentals and strong access to financing and capital, make real estate leaders optimistic about a continued ‘boom’ in the U.S. market,” said Greg Williams, National Sector Leader, Building, Construction & Real Estate, KPMG LLP. “Although prices of Class A assets in the U.S. are high and yields are lower, the promise of reliable returns leads to sustained interest in the sector overall, especially when compared to other global markets.”
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According to the survey, 41 percent of real estate company executives are planning for a significant investment in organic growth in 2017, including product development, pricing strategies and geographic expansion.
“We anticipate continued growth in the open-ended fund and debt fund spaces, as these vehicles may enable investors to obtain a stable yield, diversification, and, if they invest in an open-ended format, higher levels of liquidity,” said Phil Marra, National Real Estate Funds Leader, KPMG LLP. “We also expect to see an influx of new investment in real estate, both from existing investors as well as new entrants.”
Fifty-eight percent of survey participants also indicated that they are pursuing cost-related strategies to improve bottom-line results, including the implementation of new technology to address inefficiencies and process improvements.
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