REITs will increase the pace of acquisitions this year, according to investment bankers queried on the subject. "With their cost-of-capital advantage, listed REITs are going to be in a very good position to be the winning bidders," says Scott Schaevitz, chairman of Americas real estate banking at Barclays. Health care, in particular, has been active to date, and that activity will likely continue this year, they also say. REITs will also continue to shore up balance sheets with deleveraging, they predict.
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