What are the sentiments among real estate investors in the current market conditions? What plans and strategies can we expect to see? CBRE released their 2024 U.S. Investor Intentions Survey outlining what the investment activity outlook is for the new year. Below we highlight some of our key takeaways from the report.


Concerns Over Market Conditions

The CBRE survey for 2024 points to persistent worries about prolonged high interest rates and tighter credit environments, coupled with the differences in expectations between buyers and sellers, as the main issues for real estate investors.


Easing of Recession Worries

Investors are showing less apprehension about a potential recession this year compared to the previous one.


Growth in Investment Plans

A significant shift is observed with more than 60% of respondents indicating their plans to increase their real estate investments in 2024 over 2023, a marked rise from the mere 16% who intended to buy more from 2022 to 2023.


Attractive Markets for Investing

The large Sun Belt cities and some high-performing secondary markets continue to remain attractive locations for investors to consider such as Dallas, Miami, Raleigh and Nashville. Other top-performing markets include some large gateway cities such as Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. Check out the full list of cities below.

Source: U.S. Investor Intentions Survey, CBRE Research, January 2024.


Varied Investor Strategies

Developers, private equity funds, real estate funds, and REITs are showcasing a higher percentage of plans to buy more assets in 2024 compared to other investors.


Plans to Sell Assets Increase

Even with a decline in property values, 40% of those surveyed show an intention to sell more properties in 2024 than in 2023.


Anticipation of Transaction Activity Recovery

Around half of the investors are hopeful for a revival in both their personal transaction activities and the broader market by the latter half of 2024, possibly sooner if the 10-year Treasury yield decreases more rapidly than forecasted.


Source: 2024 U.S. Investor Intentions Survey

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