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When considering the institutional investor universe, endowments are not often top of mind. However, these educationbased money managers are among the elite group of institutions that invest in commercial real estate, so their movements, simply put, matter.

Did you know: The top 100 US endowments account for a total of around $300 billion in total assets. According to researcher Preqin, endowment plans had invested an average of 6.4% of their total assets in real estate as of September 2011. So by simple calculation, that represents a $19-billion investment source, not shabby by any measure.

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