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NCREIF Property Index (Q3)

The NCREIF index recorded a huge 5.2% quarterly return in Q3 thanks to further improvement in all sectors. With no sign of any let-up in investment demand, that puts annual returns on course to exceed 15% for the first time since 2007. Meanwhile, with a return of 10.9% q/q, the industrial sector is set for record performance of well over 30% this year, reflecting its status as the darling of the industry.
Kiran Raichura Senior Property Economist
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