Cushman & Wakefield leader expects high investment activity in 2012

American commercial real estate may witness a high amount of investment activity.

A recent interview by CoStar Group with Cushman & Wakefield CEO Glenn Rufrano found that the industry expert expects improvements for commercial real estate companies in the United States.

Rufrano told the group that the highest volume of commercial real estate sales will occur chiefly in the U.S. This is a trend that has continued from past years, as in 2011, $235 billion was invested in North and South America, with $200 billion of it being spent in the U.S. Furthermore, the expectation is to have a slow improvement during the first half of the year, with transaction volumes picking up later in 2012.

There also may be increased development throughout the U.S., though it may not be a significant rise, Rufrano told the news source. In addition, there is likely to be more activity from foreign investors in the American market during 2012, compared to 2011.

Rufrano added that pricing is still considered to be too high for many investors, but with many of these properties the risk is proportional. There are some investors satisfied with the prospect of purchasing higher-risk properties, so that can help the market, as well.

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