Los Angeles has been ranked the top real estate investment market in the world. According to Schroders’ Global Cities Index, Los Angeles is the top investment market for the fourth year in a row, based on economic, environmental and education platforms. London and Hong Kong also retained their ranking as the second and third top cities for real estate investment.

Los Angeles simply has the scale, growth and skill base that makes it a global hub and the center of one of the most important industries—entertainment,” Hugo Machin, Co-head of the Global Cities at Schroders, tells GlobeSt.com. “The data bears this out. The index is a relative assessment of where, in terms of city locations, we think capital would be best deployed.”

This year, the index included an assessment of environmental impact, which was new from years past. The inclusion of the environmental score caused L.A.’s ranking to drop from 8.6 last year to 8.1 in 2020. “L.A.’s Environmental score did cause its overall score to slip, but not enough to see it drop down the rankings,” says Machin. “L.A. scores poorly on areas of physical risk in the EIS such as seismic hazard, carbon policy and air quality, but that is balanced out by a decent environmental policy score—again, we stress that this is a relative assessment. We use a composite data source for policy risk within the EIS score.”

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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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