A number of metrics capture the growing interest by U.S. investors in overseas commercial real estate. U.S. investors placed $2.6 billion in funds that invest in overseas commercial property in the first quarter of 2013, according to Lipper. Real Capital Analytics reports that last year U.S. institutional investors placed $38.71 billion in foreign-based properties, a year-over-year increase. The FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed ex-U.S. Index rose 38.6% in 2012.
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