U.S. Quarterly Real Estate Figures | Q3 2021

Source: CBRE


Executive Summary



  • Investment volume surged to $176.9 billion in Q3—the highest quarterly total since at least 2005.

  • Including $9.1 billion in confidential deals, total volume (excluding development sites) was $186.0 billion in Q3, up by 159.9% from the pandemic-depressed total of Q3 2020 and 18.1% from pre-pandemic Q3 2019.

  • Volume increased significantly across all sectors. In percentage terms, growth was strongest for hotels (318%)—given the extreme decline in activity last year—and weakest though still very sizeable for industrial (124%), highlighting the sector’s resilience during the pandemic.

  • Volume for the 12 months ending Q3 2021 was up year-over-year in all but one of the top 20 markets (Chicago), led by San Diego and South Florida.

  • Cross-border investors registered the strongest year-over-year Q3 growth in investment (506.5%), while REITs/public companies had the greatest increase over the quarterly average of the three years prior to the pandemic (23.6%).

  • Cap rates fell over the past year for all major property sectors. Multifamily (-39 basis points), hotel (-34 bps) and industrial (-29 bps) had the largest declines from Q3 2020. However, these changes were based on a relatively low level of transaction volume in Q3 2020.

  • Total annualized NCREIF return accelerated to 12.1% in Q3, the strongest increase in nearly six years. All sectors posted positive returns except hotels, although the decline in that sector was much smaller than in recent quarters. Annualized industrial returns were up by more than 32% in Q3.

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