Private real estate investments are ownership stakes in properties that have the potential for income generation and/or capital appreciation. Private market real estate investments can be attractive for investors in search of better returns, as well as those seeking a robust stream of income. Real estate can offer predictable cash flows, low correlation to other asset markets, relatively low volatility and a large investment universe.

Types of real estate investments

Potential benefits of real estate investments

The potential for private equity returns

Real estate can offer net returns of 8-11% when backed by a strong and consistent track record.

Highly-diversified cash flows

Real estate offers a diversified income stream from leases and ancillary income.

Potential for alpha-generation

Robust due diligence and manager selection can help identify the best ideas with the highest long-term potential.

Three main categories we address with real estate investing

  • Thematic-driven strategies, primarily driven by demographics and consumer behavior
  • GDP-driven strategies, influenced by the economics of the region
  • Event-driven strategies, influenced by larger phenomena like the pandemic or weather events.

Our approach identifies three areas for return generation

Secular trends


Capitalize on growth profiles with an emphasis on thematic trends:


  • Demographics
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Evolving consumer
  • Urbanization, population growth and migration
  • ESG.



Valuation anomalies caused by temporary dislocations:


  • Public-to-private arbitrage
  • Distressed investments
    • distress caused by macroeconomic cycles i.e. COVID-19, travel and leisure
    • Capital structure distress.

We construct unique, diversified, downside protected portfolios that produce stable growth across cycles.

We have been helping clients with real estate investments for over 20 years’. Talk to us to see how we could help you.

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1 Source: PitchBook, Bloomberg, National Center for the Middle Market.

2 As of June 30, 2021.


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