Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate

Participants in the Transatlantic Capital Markets Forum at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Participants in the Transatlantic Capital Markets Forum at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Founded in 2009, the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate promotes understanding of the real estate capital markets and broader economic trends and identifies emerging risks and opportunities within real estate. The Center develops and guides activities and programs that leverage the expertise and insights of senior ULI members specializing in capital markets, development, and investment. The Center produces forecasting publications, webinars, and forums that educate and inform real estate and policy decision making around the world. In FY 2016, the Center produced a wide range of resources aimed at sharing knowledge of global and region-specific investment trends among the Institute’s membership and the real estate and land use industry broadly.

Transatlantic Capital Markets Forum at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting.
A participant speaks at the Transatlantic Capital Markets Forum held at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2016

Emerging Trends in Real Estate® is an annual series of reports published jointly by the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate and PwC that forecasts trends in real estate development and investment, debt and equity flows, property sectors, and metropolitan areas across three global regions—the United States and Canada; the Asia Pacific region; and Europe. Each report offers the real estate and land use industry a closer look at what to expect in the year ahead, opportunities and risks in the market, and broader economic issues that are likely to inform near-term decision making.

The release of Emerging Trends serves as a major touchstone for district and national council programming each year, with councils hosting in many cases sold-out panels and roundtables to discuss the report’s findings. In FY 2016, 36 district councils in the United States and Canada held events devoted to Emerging Trends; in Europe, events were held in 19 cities to discuss Emerging Trends Europe; and in Asia, nine events were held to launch Emerging Trends Asia Pacific in different markets.  Learn more about the 2016 series of reports and the broader themes identified for the Americas, the Asia Pacific region, and Europe.

Number of the Week

Sponsored jointly by the Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate and Allen Matkins, a California-based law firm with a strong real estate practice, the “Number of the Week” provides a weekly snapshot and commentary of the real estate sector and the economy through a variety of data points, including the latest housing starts, demographic trends, and other timely metrics. The feature is published weekly as part of an Urban Land email newsletter. Read an archive of Number of the Week features.

An expert panel discusses Emerging Trends 2016 at the 2015 Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
An expert panel discusses Emerging Trends 2016 at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Real Estate Consensus Forecast

The “ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast” is a semiannual forecast of commercial real estate trends in the United States based on surveys of top real estate economists and analysts. The September 2015 forecast predicted a healthy level of expansion for commercial real estate markets, yet was less bullish than the previous forecast. Six months later, in April 2016, the forecast offered a less optimistic outlook in regard to commercial real estate transactions expected over the next three years. Learn more about the Center’s semiannual Real Estate Consensus Forecast.

McCoy Symposium

2015-china-cities-survey-coverThe annual McCoy Symposium was held in December 2015 in New York City. More than 60 leaders in investment, development, and finance gathered for a candid discussion of the state of the economy and the real estate markets. This invitation-only forum is supported by Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy, who is president of Buzz McCoy Associates in Los Angeles. The 2015 forum noted the positive environment of the current real estate cycle but warned of an impending downturn as well as labor shortages in key sectors.

2015 China Cities Survey

Published annually, the ULI Chinese Mainland Real Estate Markets survey provides a snapshot of the investment and development prospects for China’s most populous cities. ULI Asia Pacific collaborates with the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate to survey and interview top real estate development and investment professionals to understand the market forces and policy trends affecting real estate development in China. The information provides the basis of a new ranking each year of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 cities in China, and an analysis of sector-specific trends. In FY 2016, the report reflected a cautious optimism toward Tier 1 cities such as Shanghai and Beijing as well as certain leading Tier 2 cities due several trends: a burgeoning tech sector, demand for new housing and office spaces, and expansion of high-speed rail and subway lines in more cities.

Learn more about the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.