Global property delivered a total return of 9.9% in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of strong returns since the financial crisis, and the best performance since 2007. The cyclical and structural dynamics of real estate have attracted a wave of capital and this has supported the continued strong performance of the asset class. The cyclical appeal came initially from the depressed prices following the financial crisis and more recently from attractive yields compared with bond yields and financing costs. The structural attraction has been spurred by the increasing recognition of the way real estate can support performance and diversify risks for pension and sovereign funds as well as for high net worth individuals.
Source : MSCI