International Gateway Cities Enjoy a Worldwide Resurgence of Office Investment in 2019

CBRE | August 02, 2019

According to commercial real estate advisor CBRE, global commercial real estate investment volume increased from Q1 2019 across all regions but overall fell by 7.5% year-over-year in Q2 2019, including entity-level deals. Only the Americas region reported year-over-year growth (0.7%). Activity was down from last year by 17% in EMEA and 14% in APAC. Global investment volume totaled $428 billion in H1 2019, down by 10.6% from H1 2018. Nevertheless, with some slight improvement in the U.S. economy and central banks cutting interest rates, prospects for the second half of the year are good.

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Berkadia is amongst the largest, highest rated and most respected primary, master and special servicers in the industry.As a Freddie Mac Program Plus lender, Fannie Mae DUS®  Multifamily Seller/Servicer, insurance company correspondent, and HUD, MAP and LEAN originator and servicer, Berkadia provides access to capital and flexible, customized lending and servicing solutions for the acquisition, construction.

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Doma Holdings | July 28, 2022

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Invesco Real Estate Income Trust Inc. | May 24, 2022

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SkySlope and Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS | August 05, 2022

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