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Investors in Retail Real Estate Seek Safety in Quality for 2023

Due largely to uncertainties around the Federal Reserve’s course with interest rates, many investors in retail real estate are viewing 2023 as a transitional year requiring changes in near-term investment tactics, writes Cox Castle Nicholson partner Gary A. Glick.  Accordingly, “a significant amount of capital likely will remain on the sidelines until there is greater clarity on pricing and future market conditions.” 

However, Glick writes in a Cox Castle report, Capital Markets For Retail In 2023 – Searching For More Economic Certainty, “retail investors actively seeking opportunities likely will pursue the safety of top-quality retail assets that are better positioned to withstand expected headwinds due to favorable demand fundamentals or strong demographic support.”

Investment will get underway on a broader scale “once it becomes clearer that the Fed is scaling back on its interest rate increase program, and it becomes clearer that inflation is heading in the right direction.” 

Glick writes, “Over the past decade, grocery-anchored assets and net lease retail opportunities have dominated the retail investment landscape. Even with interest rate challenges, many observers predict that this should not change in 2023.” 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).