Joseph Fisher, president of Indianapolis-based Real Estate Investment Services Corp. specializes in developing, leasing and managing investment real estate through the Midwest. He just ended a one-year term as president of the CCIM Institute, a Chicago-based affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Last year, Fisher represented CCIM at the World Congress of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) in Barcelona. Fisher talked about the ways technology can enhance transparency in the international real estate market and help investors make more informed and effective decisions. Why is transparency important in real estate transactions?

Fisher: The velocity of global real estate investment is increasing. Capital in the form of real estate is moving quickly around the world seeking the highest risk adjusted return available. As the investment horizon expands internationally, the investment capital faces potential added risk. The ability to quantify risk leads to more effective real estate investment decisions. The more transparent the marketplace and the individual investment the more accurately the investor is able to quantify the risk and make effective real estate investment decisions.

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