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  • Global capital to the U.S. multifamily sector decreased by 27.3% to $10.7 billion in 2019, largely due to a sharp decrease in portfolio deals from an exceptionally high level in 2018. For single-asset deals—a better measure of investment momentum because of less volatility from year to year—inbound capital increased by 3.8% to $6.1 billion.
  • Canada, the perennial leader, remained the biggest foreign capital source last year, accounting for more than half of inbound multifamily investment volume. Bahrain, Israel, the Netherlands and the U.K. rounded out the top five, but were distant followers.
  • Investment managers were the largest buyers, accounting for 33% of global investment in U.S. multifamily assets in 2019. Property companies took a 22% share, while equity funds and institutional investors followed with 20% and 17%, respectively.
  • Orlando was the highest growth market for global capital, with an annual gain of 231%. The top five markets by total volume were Washington, D.C. ($780 million), Atlanta ($711 million), Austin ($627 million), Houston ($607 million) and Los Angeles ($591 million).
  • Global investors have a distinct preference for large assets. Almost half of cross-border capital for U.S. multifamily last year targeted assets priced at more than $200 million.


Note: All data presented is based on real estate transactions valued at $2.5 million and above. Volume includes direct multifamily property acquisitions only (as opposed to other types of investment such as land acquisitions and new development, REIT stock purchases, capital partnerships, etc.). Portfolios include assets acquired through entity-level deals. All figures in U.S. dollars. Sum may not total due to rounding.
Source: CBRE Research, Real Capital Analytics, Q4 2019.


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