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NCREIF Property Index (Q4)

The NCREIF index saw its strongest ever quarterly price appreciation in Q4, with values up by 5.1% q/q, driving a quarterly return of 6.2%. That took annual returns to 17.7%, led by industrial, where returns exceeded 40%. Meanwhile, improvements in the retail and hotel sectors point to better years ahead in 2022, but there are signs that returns in apartments and offices may be topping out.
Kiran Raichura Senior Property Economist
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