An estimated 80% of our lives are spent in buildings. But more than providing protection, places of employment, sport and entertainment, buildings also represent the world’s largest single asset class. The combined value of all our homes, offices, retail sites, theatres, stadiums and other forms of buildings have been estimated at a total of $228 trillion by Savills (2016). This exceeds by a third the total value of all stocks, shares and securitised debt combined. It is 12 times the annual GDP of the US and far exceeds the value of all gold ever mined ($7.5 trillion, World Gold Council 2017). Real estate is also deeply personal. Residential housing makes up by far the largest share of property ($168.5 trillion). For most people, a home represents the single largest financial investment they will ever make.
For more than a decade, estatements magazine has comprehensively examined issues associated with real estate, property investment and management. Based on the highly regarded work of PATRIZIA Research, estatements provides real estate investors and investment professionals with unique access to industry knowledge, derived through a unique network of expertise. As well as looking at the sector from all investment angles, we also examine opportunities and risks, consistently raising issues or sharing ideas and insights to explore new avenues and enter new realms in this most important of global industries.