Real Estate 2020: Building the future

As confidence returns to real estate, the industry faces a number of fundamental shifts that will shape its future.

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The real estate investment community faces a number of fundamental shifts that will shape its future …

While many of the trends are already evident, there’s a natural tendency to underestimate how much the real estate world will have changed by 2020.

Real Estate 2020 – Building the Future, sets out how the operating landscape for asset managers will change by 2020 and explains how real estate players can prepare for the challenges ahead and turn them into competitive advantages.

The report includes a series of predictions to provide guidelines for real estate investment community participants to prepare their operating models, people and processes for the changes ahead.

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Key findings

  • By 2020, investable real estate will have grown by more than 55% compared to 2012
  • By 2025, there will be 37 ‘megacities’, up from 23 today, and 12 of these will be in emerging markets
  • By 2025, emerging markets will host 60% of global construction activity
  • By 2050, the number of people over 60 will exceed the number under 15 for the first time

Six predictions for 2020 and beyond

1. The global investable real estate universe will expand substantially, leading to a huge expansion in opportunity, especially in emerging economies. 2. Fast-growing cities will present a wider range of risk and return opportunities. 3. Technology innovation and sustainability will be key drivers for value.
4. Collaborating with governments will become more important. 5. Competition for prime assets will further intensify. 6. A new and broader range of risks will emerge.