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Global real estate investors are cautious today. They favor class A property investments due to the European economic slowdown and its impact on the broader global economy. From a regional perspective, the relatively high-growth emerging markets such as Brazil and the Asia Pacific continue to develop and interest foreign investors looking for higher growth and returns.

Global transaction volume declined 23.4% year-over-year to $306.3 billion in the first half of 2012 from $399.7 billion in the first six months of 2011. This is due to the economic uncertainty in Europe and its impact on the global economy more broadly. The Asia Pacific continues to lead among regions in absolute volume terms in the first half of 2012 at $128.6 billion, although it declined by 34.9% year-to-year. The Americas sales volume was $102.3 billion in the first half, compared to $105.6 billion during the same period last year, a modest decline of 3.2%. In fact, Americas sales as a percentage of global activity has improved consistently over the past few years and was at 33.4% in the first six months of this year, compared to 26.4% during the same period in 2011, due primarily to the strong Brazilian and Canadian markets and improved US markets.

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