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Real Estate Private Equity Fund - Third Quarter 2015


Third Quarter 2015

Capital Flows: Higher Prices No Deterrent as Capital Keeps Flowing In

Current trends paint a powerful picture of abundant, readily available capital and fierce competition for both investor dollars and high-revenue generating deals.

But the real story isn’t the size of the overall market, but, rather the size of individual funds. This trend is accelerated by the ongoing inclination of investors to consolidate their portfolios.

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Fundraising: Even in Good Times, It's a Relationship Business

Real estate funds continue to flourish on the fundraising front. In addition to generally positive fundamentals, funds are benefitting from two macro trends — the continued (and predicted) withdrawal of banks from the real estate market in light of regulations involving alternative investments — and the ongoing enthusiasm of both foreign investors and domestic pensions and endowments for the U.S. real estate market. But while the overall fundraising picture is very positive, distinctions become apparent on closer view.

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Multifamily: Property Management Continues to Be Key

The multifamily sector has continued to outperform the predictions of those who have expected a pullback based on overbuilding. According to fourth quarter 2014 data from CBRE for the country’s 64 largest markets, absorption is at a four-year high, even though new units coming on line is at the highest level since 2008.

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Foreign Investing: Small Funds Can Have a Global Following Too

It’s well known that a sizable proportion of the capital being pumped into U.S. real estate funds comes from foreign investors. What’s less well known is those foreign investors aren’t all massive sovereign wealth funds—some are high net worth individuals abroad who are attracted to the safety and potential returns of the U.S. real estate market.

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One on One: Taking "Big Data" from Catchphrase to Reality  at Transwestern

Big Data — the ability to harvest powerful insights by uncovering patterns and connecting dots—is remaking industries from retail to healthcare. Real estate, too, has begun to explore the possibilities, although a bit more tentatively than elsewhere, given the industry’s traditional reliance on experience and “gut feel.”

Howard Barash, a principal specializing in commercial real estate in CohnReznick’s Advisory Group, spoke with Steve Harding, Chief Financial Officer of Transwestern, the real estate services firm, about his own experience in helping to lead his firm to a more analytical future.

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