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THINK 2017: Five things you should know

THINK 2017

In our latest research report, we highlight the five areas of focus for future real estate investment: big picture trends, cities to watch, leading sub-sectors, technology trends and sustainability.

1 - Big picture: The report examines broad trends that will impact global investment and outlines expectations for another year of transformation, with political disruption and globalisation continuing to take centre stage.

2 - Cities to watch:  Five cities which are expected to undergo significant changes in the coming year are identified, as are specific factors that will impact them - for better or worse. Identifying and analysing cities poised for long-term growth is becoming more critical as this approach is overtaking country-level investing. Every city is impacted by unique, long-term trends that impact risk, diversification, pricing, volatility and returns.

3 - Leading sub-sectors: Data storage, outlet malls, co-working space and other niche, or ‘structural’, sectors are considered, as interest in real estate alternatives continues to gain momentum in institutional investor portfolios. These sectors can offer performance, attractive yield profiles and liquidity, and align investors with the megatrends shaping TH Real Estate’s Tomorrow’s World investment philosophy.

4 - Technology: Technology impacts all real estate sectors, but the retail, logistics and office sectors are likely to see the greatest change as driverless cars, online shopping and open source data platforms become mainstream. Furthermore, the PropTech movement is creating efficiencies across the critical services that are used by the real estate industry, whether from the transaction, asset management or property management perspective.

Alice Breheny, Global Head of Research, comments: “The impact of PropTech innovations may not have as significant an impact at property level, but they will certainly reshape large segments of an industry that, until now, has not witnessed the large-scale disruption that most other major sectors of the economy have had to learn to live with.”

5 – Sustainability: Lastly, sustainability remains a critical consideration for real estate investment and is poised to play a broader role in years to come. A focus on sustainable factors can distinguish growth opportunities, while minimising the risk of obsolescence within a portfolio.  The report highlights the focus on science-based carbon reduction targets and the increased emphasis on the health and well-being of individuals who interact with properties.

Abigail Dean, Global Head of Sustainability, said: “Monitoring these sustainability trends in 2017 and beyond is crucial to help us anticipate and respond to changes in the investment market, to mitigate risk, and to protect and create long-term value. We also anticipate impacts on occupier demand, legislative and fiscal regimes, client expectations and energy supply.”

THINK 2017 report 

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Alice Breheny

Alice Breheny

Global Head of Research

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