SAN FRANCISCO-The spigot really got turned on Q4 last year saidpanelists at the recent the ULI Real Estate Finance andInvestment 2013 conference here. “The momentum on theacquisition side has picked up steam and now everything that is forsale has many quality bidders,” explained panelist CharlesMalet, chief investment officer of ShorensteinProperties

Many of those bidders, according to Malet, are REITs, but themoney sources are coming from all over the world, he said. “REITsfor us haven't really created more competition. They have grownover time and will continue to grow.”

There will always have tough competition from somewhere, whetherit is REITs or a variety of other sources, added panelistDonald Wise, president and CEO of MetzlerReal Estate, who recently did an in-depth Q&A on thesubject. Wise noted that “It doesn't matter who the competitionis…You don't want to be stupid, but you want to be the mostdetermined and most equipped and if you do that well, you willserve your clients well.”

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