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Real Estate Economists Remain Positive on U.S. Economy and CRE Industry

Real estate economists continue to have a generally bullish outlook for the U.S. economy, capital markets, and real estate fundamentals. These results are based on the semiannual ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast, prepared by the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. Overall, expectations have improved since the prior forecast in March 2018, and the strong second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 4.2 percent was fresh in forecasters’ minds as they weighed in on future years.

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Rising Sea Levels Pose Risk to Institutional Real Estate Investment

Some $360 billion of U.S. institutional real estate is in the top 20 percent of locations vulnerable to sea-level rise. Given significant portfolio allocations to gateway markets, institutional real estate portfolios have considerable exposure to climate change. This raises the question as to whether investors have factored in the challenge of rising sea levels alongside the perceived positives of gateway markets.

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In Brief: Singapore Retakes Lead as Asia’s Largest Outbound Investor, Says CBRE

Asian outbound capital deployment remains robust amid a recent slowdown of Chinese outbound real estate investment. In the first half of 2018, outbound investment activity totaled US$25.3 billion, led by Singaporean capital, which accounted for 36 percent of the region’s total, according to recent data compiled by CBRE.

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Developers Still Exploring Possibilities of Opportunity Zones

One of the more bipartisan aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed last December was the creation of the Opportunity Zones Program. ULI South Carolina invited tax and government affairs experts to help demystify the Opportunity Zones Program at an event held in September on Kiawah Island.

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