The latest results from the NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Survey show that investor confidence is not only surging forward, but investors also are preparing to accelerate their commercial real estate buying in the coming months. After taking a slight step back in second quarter, the Investment Sentiment Index moved five points higher to 171 in third quarter. That is a significant milestone as it marks the highest level the index has achieved since the survey first began in 2004. The Investment Sentiment Index measures investor views on key fundamentals such as improving occupancies, rising property values and plans to increase commercial real estate holdings. The index and broader survey results reinforce views that investors are gaining confidence in both the economic and commercial real estate recovery.