Florida SBA places $375m into opportunistic real estate funds

Florida State Board of Administration | May 05, 2020

Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) is investing $375m (€344.1m) in opportunistic real estate funds. The pension fund told IPE Real Assets that it is committing $225m to the Cerberus Institutional Real Estate Partners V fund and $150m to the Trigate Property Partners IV fund. According to Florida SBA, Cerberus Partners V, which is planning a $2bn fundraise, has now raised $640m of equity. The fund targets investments that can produce gross annual internal rate of return of 17% to 20% over a one- to five-year holding period. TriGate IV has so far raised $414.75m and targets a $500m hard cap. The fund seeks investments where a net return of 15% and gross return of 18% can be achieved.

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In the 2014 edition of The Wealth Report, almost half of the wealth advisors who took part in our annual Attitudes Survey said that their UHNWI clients would potentially increase their investment allocation to property during the year. In this year’s survey, almost 40% of respondents said that had actually happened. Property is definitely back on the agenda for private investors, who accounted for around a quarter of all commercial property deals last year, as well as residential investments. Tracking the exact proportion is difficult because many transactions, while essentially funded by an UHNWI, are fronted by a family owned fund, company or private office. The tangible nature of property.

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In the 2014 edition of The Wealth Report, almost half of the wealth advisors who took part in our annual Attitudes Survey said that their UHNWI clients would potentially increase their investment allocation to property during the year. In this year’s survey, almost 40% of respondents said that had actually happened. Property is definitely back on the agenda for private investors, who accounted for around a quarter of all commercial property deals last year, as well as residential investments. Tracking the exact proportion is difficult because many transactions, while essentially funded by an UHNWI, are fronted by a family owned fund, company or private office. The tangible nature of property.

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