Capital investors are beginning to play ball again after months of waiting through the sudden uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. While strategies have shifted, investors are starting to look at and consider opportunities, according to Khalif Edwards of CityView, who has witnessed the shift in investor attitudes.

"During the first few months of the pandemic, investors were mostly playing defense," Edwards, managing director of capital raising and investor relations at CityView, tells "They were trying to get an understanding of the potential impact of COVID-19 on their respective portfolios, including what parts of their portfolio were most at risk and how that risk could be mitigated. Now, it appears as though investors are looking to play some offense and get their arms around what opportunities are available moving forward. I do think there is a bit of shift to non-core strategies, but investors are really trying to understand the risk involved and what the appropriate return is for that level of risk."

Investors like CityView have also played an active role in getting investors comfortable with the new environment and building more transparency into the fundraising process. "We remain very focused on providing our clients with frequent updates as it pertains to collections, leasing and insights on the market, as things seem to change weekly, if not daily," says Edwards. "Investors appreciate the transparency and constant communication regarding the investments they have with us. It is our fiduciary responsibility to be as proactive as possible and respond in a timely manner to any information requests that we receive."

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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.