Do you see what I see?
There is a gargantuan player in this game of whom some of us may be unaware. Recall the “Defined Contribution Real Estate Council”? It was originally created to assist sponsors/participants get better results via institutional quality properties. According to the Urban Land Institute, 2014 was monumental for US retirement assets achieving the 23 trillion mark. A good portion of those funds were in defined contribution or IRA funds.
As of first quarter 2014, it was reported that there were $6.6 trillion dollars in IRA funds and 6 trillion in defined contribution 401k’s. Our industry is being propositioned to produce improved selections for real estate investing. Institutional allocations can potentially mean billions of investment capital. Because liquidity is imperative to retirees, REIT’s may outshine direct investing options.
Urban Land Institute & PWC, “Emerging Trends in Real Estate – US and Canada 2015″