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Retail investment activity is ticking up, slowly. In the first half of the year, investment activity increased 3% nationally, over 2017, and the second quarter alone increased 41% year-over-year, according to research from Newmark Knight Frank. The Western US has lead the increase in activity, increasing 33% year-over-year and 96% for the second quarter alone. Despite the headlines, investment activity has grown steadily since early 2015.

“With the country coming off of ten straight quarters of decline, investor uncertainty due to a combination of interest rate speculation and volatility, continued retailer consolidation, bankruptcies and general uncertainty coupled with a lack of refreshed pricing data points seems to have calmed,” Glenn R. Rudy, senior managing director of retail investments at NKF Capital Markets, tells GlobeSt.com. “With the increased volume the surge in data points is leading to realistic pricing discovery and abundant capital is ready to continue this positive trajectory.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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