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Will building skyports for flying cars become the latest “must have” feature for luxury residential buildings? Will there be human settlements on Mars? Despite decades-old predictions, it doesn’t appear that they will revolutionize real estate any time soon1. However, there are key global real estate trends for 2020 that are likely to impact investors in the near term, ranging from climate risk to improved data availability and transparency.

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5 Real Trends for 2020

Top 5 Real Estate Trends for 2020

  • Climate risk: Getting to the bottom line 

  • We now see physical climate risks materializing within real estate portfolios today. As a result, investors realize that mitigating and managing these risks are likely to be today’s problems, not tomorrow’s.

  • Places are for people: Social impact investing  

  • No building is an island, cut off from all around it. They are inextricably linked to the built environment, community and society that surround it. Investors want to understand these impacts in more detail.

  • The many dimensions of real estate risk

  • As a complex asset class real estate has a great many dimensions of risk to consider that combine in a myriad of different ways and more than ever we need new ways to coherently analyze these risks.

  • Beyond ‘location, location, location’

  • The drivers of real estate value have almost always been more diverse and complicated than the adage “location, location, location” would suggest. Outside of sector and geography, what emerging drivers can we start to consider in a systematic way?

  • Everything is relative, and only that is absolute

  • As real estate has become a larger part of investment portfolios there is increasing need to formally wrap its analysis into overall portfolio management which may require a new level of data and analytics. Relative market comparisons can help place performance in context and provide insight into drivers of return, for fixed and absolute-return portfolios.





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Numerous technological barriers stand in the way of these innovations. See, for example:“Brown, D. “Possibility or pipe dream: How close are we to seeing flying cars?” USA Today, Nov. 4, 2019.
Clifford, C. “Elon Musk defends plans to build a community on Mars after downbeat NASA report.” CNBC, Aug. 2, 2018.

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