June 9, 2021

With an improving global economy, investors appear more willing to move out on the risk curve, displaying increased appetite for opportunistic and distress strategies. More global investors are placing priority on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations when executing their investment strategies. The search for yield in a persistently low interest rate environment is prompting more investors to seek out opportunities in Alternative assets, such as data centers, seniors housing and health care assets. Read our Global Investor Intentions Survey insights to learn more about where and how investors plan to deploy their capital this year.

9 Key Trends Shaping Investor Strategies in 2021 & Beyond

CBRE’s 2021 Global Investor Intentions Survey shows improving investor sentiment amid the global economic recovery. Many occupiers are rethinking their occupancy strategy following widespread remote work adoption during the pandemic. Investors are responding by placing more emphasis on amenities, tenant safety, wellness and flex and collaborative space offerings.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are playing an increasingly central role in investor and occupier decision-making. The alternatives sectors are gaining favor around the world, especially data centers, seniors housing and health care assets.

Read on for more information and analysis from CBRE leaders across the globe.


“If your asset doesn’t provide high-quality amenities, collaborative environments and flex space, it becomes difficult to compete. Without those features, low rents will be a property’s primary appeal. That’s going to cause a real bifurcation in the value of assets.”
– Chris Ludeman, Global President, Capital Markets, CBRE

Americas Investor Intentions Survey 2021

As widespread vaccinations aid the economic recovery, CRE investors are showing increased appetite for risk and a preference for secondary markets.

Asia Pacific Investor Intentions Survey 2021

Pent-up demand and a substantial volume of dry powder are set to translate to strong buying momentum in 2021, with 60% of investors intending to purchase more real estate this year, the highest level since 2016.

EMEA Investor Intentions Survey 2021

European-based investors show a preference for core strategies amid an uncertain environment, and offices remain the most-preferred asset type, despite the adoption of flexible work plans.