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Sunny side of the country
For a number of years, America’s fastest growing cities have been found in the Sun Belt. But the pandemic accelerated the trend, and those people on the move will have implications for the commercial real estate market.
Many people are seeking to escape from densely populated cities in pursuit of more space, according to U.S. migration data, with top destinations including Arizona, Texas and Florida. This shift favors suburbia and the Sun Belt cities, and fuels demand for alternative housing, such as single-family rental homes and manufactured housing.
Similarly, major employers like Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis are relocating their offices from higher-priced cities to more affordable options in the Sun Belt.
This migration increases demand beyond housing to touch nearly every real estate sector: industrial fulfillment centers, health care offices, construction warehouses, grocery-anchored retail, etc. We believe this presents investors with a significant opportunity to capture the power of Sun Belt growth.
The megatrends of demographics, technology and sustainability will continue to drive global demand for real estate. Additionally, we expect softer factors, such as well-being, culture and leisure to play a greater role going forward. Identifying resilient cities that can thrive amid these structural changes remains at the heart of our global cities approach.
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