Global Real Estate Investor Survey 2018: Budgets, Priorities And Tech Preferences

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Executive Summary

This report helps real estate investors to benchmark their technology strategies within their firms and funds over the next 12 months. It also helps providers of real estate investor technology solutions to align their business and product plans with market demand. This data set is the first in a series of annual surveys conducted by Verdantix with investment decision-makers that have oversight of capex. We interviewed fund managers on their budgets and priorities for technology used in-house to assist in investment and property management decisions as well as technology strategies within their portfolio of buildings.

Table of contents

Global Real Estate Investor Survey 2018: Budgets, Priorities And Tech Preferences
Global Survey Of Real Estate Investors

Real Estate Investors Identify Technology Principally As A Source Of Opportunity

Plans For Investment In Technology Solutions Targeted At Real Estate Investors
Real Estate Investors Are Pragmatic Towards Technology That Improves Investment Processes
Investors Expect To Increase Technology Investments 

Plans For Investment In Building Technology Solutions
Investors Want To Be Involved In Technology Decisions For Their Properties
Technology Investments Are Motivated By A Search For Higher Yields And High-Quality Tenants
Investors See Plenty Of Potential For Technology-Led Improvement Of Building Portfolios 
Actual Investment Plans Are Biased To Tried And Tested Solutions
Ambitious Plans Are Not Always Backed By Significant Budget Increases

Table of figures

Figure 1. Geographic Location Of Respondents
Figure 2. Investment Categories Of Respondents
Figure 3. Real Estate Investors’ Perception Of Risks And Opportunities From Major Market Trends
Figure 4. Real Estate Investors’ Attitudes To Tech For Investment Decision-Making
Figure 5. Investment Processes Supported By Technology
Figure 6. Changes In Expenditure For In-House Software
Figure 7. Barriers To Implementing Tech For Investment Decision-Making
Figure 8. Real Estate Investors’ Awareness Of Software Vendors
Figure 9. Real Estate Investors’ Attitudes Towards New Building Technologies
Figure 10. Real Estate Investors’ Influence Over Building Tech Implementation
Figure 11. Real Estate Investors’ Drivers For Building Tech
Figure 12. Impact Of Building Tech On Portfolio
Figure 13. Investors’ Demand For Building Technologies
Figure 14. Changes In Budget For Building Technologies
Figure 15. Structures Used To Invest In New Building Technology
Figure 16. Barriers To Implementing Building Technology Within Portfolio

About the author

Sebastian Winter

Industry Analyst
Sebastian is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. His research agenda covers digital twins for industrial facilities, asset management software, and connected worker platforms. Sebastian also delivers market strategy, voice of the customer, thought leadership, CDD, and digital strategy advisory pieces. Prior to joining Verdantix, Sebastian worked for Trucost, a division of S&P Global, and held positions in China, Brunei and Kenya. Sebastian holds an MSc Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

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