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Global Real Estate a "Wild Ride"

For commercial real estate investors, Brazil is a dream and Spain is a nightmare, Michael Pralle, president of real estate private equity firm J.E. Robert Cos, said on Wednesday.

"I'd avoid Spain and Italy right now, and be patient in the United States," Pralle said at the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit in New York. "It's going to get worse before it gets better."

The credit crunch has walloped the U.S. commercial real estate market as borrowing costs soared and lenders have reduced the amounts they will loan. But in developing countries, a dearth of modern office and apartment buildings and shopping centers offers investors lucrative opportunities.

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