Fred Pierce Pierce: “I predict that in the foreseeable future, it will be the norm for institutional investors to establish dedicated asset allocations to both student housing and senior housing within their multifamily allocations.”

SAN DIEGO—The success of the student-housing sector follows a significant trend of institutional investors diversifying away from the four “food groups” of CRE and allocating a portion of their real estate capital to less-correlated niche asset classes, Pierce Education Properties’ founder, CEO and president Fred Pierce tells GlobeSt.com. We spoke with Pierce for an update on investment in the sector, how it compares to other types of multifamily properties and his expectations for its future.

GlobeSt.com: The volume of commercial-property sales overall is decreasing, although student housing is doing better than other kinds of multifamily. How long can this continue? 

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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