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10 Best Markets for Retail Investment

A look at the current Commercial Property Price Indices (CPPI), as well as the outsize growth of rental rates in certain markets, shows that the retail sector continues to be an attractive place for real estate investors and developers to park their money. The annual “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” survey by consulting firm PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) gets more specific about which markets might be the safest bets for such investment, based on buy/hold/sell recommendations from hundreds of commercial real estate industry professionals. The survey included responses from 1,465 participants who work for real estate ownership and development companies (34.3 percent), real estate services firms (26.5 percent), institutional investment and management firms (11.5 percent), lending firms (7.4 percent), real estate brokerages (6.5 percent) and other real estate-related outfits. Here are their thoughts on the most favorable markets for retail.

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