LOS ANGELES-The Americas was the best-performing region globally for real estate investment value, according to the first-quarter 2012 CBRE Capital Value Index—which marks a shift from 2011, when Asia-Pacific set the pace for global real estate investment performance.

“There has been a marked increase in investor interest in the Americas’ prime properties over the last year, and this is reflected in the CBRE Americas Capital Value index,” says Dr. Raymond Torto, CBRE’s global chief economist. “Last year at this time, the Americas was showing respectable gains, but were far behind the 19% annual performance witnessed by the Asia-Pacific Capital Value Index. The year-over-year change in capital values for the Americas in first-quarter 2012 was 9.6%.”

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