Real estate remains a force as the Fed awakens

Real estate outperformed other asset classes in 2015 as record investment in the U.S. helped drive global transactional volumes throughout the year.

Early indications from 2015 data showed that global real estate investment in USD terms is likely to finish the year around US$689 billion, 3 percent below 2014 volumes, with the final quarter of US$194 billion, 15 percent below the record-breaking final quarter of 2014. However, based on fixed exchange rates, volumes reached US$748 billion, 5 percent above 2014 and close to a new record. The strengthening dollar has reduced the dollar value of local market activity. The U.S. was a standout with transactional volumes reaching a record of US$294 billion, 9 percent growth over the year.

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