Industrial investors buoyed by strong economy and e-commerce, but wary of tariffs and interest rates
By Alex Nitkin | October 15, 2018 02:00PM
Boosted by e-commerce and steady economic growth, investors are shaking off their doubts over the staying power of the country’s industrial development boom.
Nearly half of investors surveyed in Real Capital Markets’ annual Industrial Investor Sentiment Report said they believe investment activity will remain steady headed into next year, and another 43 percent said they expect investment to accelerate. That’s a direct flip from last year’s survey, when 48 percent of respondents predicted an increase in investment and 43 percent said it would stay the same.
Two-thirds of investors also said they expect prices to rise on industrial properties, about the same as last year. But 38 percent of respondents said they’re bracing for price increases of 5 percent or more, up from 34 percent of those surveyed in 2017.
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