June 4, 2021
  • Despite a tumultuous 2020, a degree of investor optimism has returned as 60% of investors expect to step up purchasing activity in 2021, according to CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey.
  • Multifamily/residential was the second most preferred investment asset class after industrial & logistics in the Americas and after offices in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region (EMEA). It ranked third in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).
  • Multifamily/residential is well established in the U.S., where it has been the largest investment asset class for the past six years. In some other parts of the world, multifamily/residential housing is a newer but rapidly growing asset class that is becoming increasingly attractive to investors.
  • In the Americas, a majority of multifamily/residential investors expect no pricing discounts this year, while 11% expect to pay above the asking price.
  • Student housing and seniors housing both remain popular among alternative real estate sectors, but less so than in 2020. Four multifamily/residential alternatives were added to this year’s survey, reflecting the broadening appeal and diversity of multifamily/residential assets.