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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pent-up demand for scale and yield will benefit office investment into 2018.

After lagging throughout the cycle, investors are focusing more on large portfolio and entity-level transactions in 2017, which are lagging prior cycle levels on average by $2.5 billion each quarter. On the sell-side, built-up value by national to regional platforms and volatile, underperforming public real estate markets are creating pent-up demand for capital. On the buy-side, this demand is met by strong investor appetite for scale and yield. Selectivity will remain commonplace.​ 

To learn more about portfolio transactions, download our most recent Office Investment Outlook. ​

Average quarterly volumes lagging prior cycle by $2.5 billion

Excluding the impact of Equity Office-related investments in the prior cycle, quarterly portfolio volumes remain below historical norms.

Source: JLL Research, Real Capital Analytics (transactions larger than $5.0M)

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