Private equity fund activity will likely increase next year. Low investor confidence in the public markets is driving an increase of investment in commercial real estate assets. In 2020, the trend will only gain momentum as investors are looking to place capital in hard assets.

“We believe private equity fund activity in commercial real estate is only going to increase during and throughout the coming year,” John Carrick, co-founder of Integrated Capital Management, tells “Although public markets have certainly performed well recently, the lack of underlying fundamentals has eroded investor confidence over the medium to long term. Moreover, Integrated’s current investor base is primarily comprised of family offices, registered investment advisors, and other private wealth relationships that appreciate the ability to invest in a brick-and-mortar asset.”

As for where this capital will land in 2020, the trends are less clear. Integrated won’t be looking at broad asset classes in the coming year, but rather, will consider opportunities on a case-by-case basis. “At the recent PERE Americas conference in New York, investor discussion centered on asset class-based niche investment strategies and megatrends,” says Carrick. “Integrated, however, never invests based on headlines.  We have a comparatively modest amount of capital to invest, and we are able to put it to work in any asset class or geographic market across the country. This mandate affords us broad latitude and the ability to be hyper-selective. As a result, our underwriting is extraordinarily granular, and our investments to be in projects with accomplished sponsorship and a unique confluence of circumstances.”

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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 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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