NREI recently interviewed Joel Moser, founder and CEO of New York City-based Aquamarine Investment Partners. The global institutional investor and manager of private equity targets equity investments in real assets in real estate, energy and infrastructure in the U.S.
The voracious appetite of investors for more commercial real estate has certainly dominated headlines in recent years. But that strong demand and favorable pricing are also accelerating disposition strategies among some owners.
U.S. equity REITs are coming off a stellar year with total returns for the sector at nearly 30 percent—double that of the S&P 500. Yet with valuations for many REITs already at pre-recession levels, industry analysts are skeptical that REITs will be able to keep up that pace for much longer.
Crowdfunding firms focusing on the real estate sector appear to be gaining momentum in their online fundraising. The question investors have is whether or not they are also delivering results on targeted returns.