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Real Estate Diversification Benefits

Author: Dirk P.M. De Wit

Start Page: 117
End Page: 136
Volume: 14
Issue Number: 2
Year: 1997
Publication: Journal of Real Estate Research

Abstract: Diversification benefits are shown to vary inversely with the correlation between asset returns. The present study estimates average correlation coefficients between real-estate returns from property-specific data of an internationally diversified real estate and in the Netherlands. It is found that diversification benefits within the United States are much larger than on the European Continent. The low correlation found between U.S. real estate returns implies that portfolios of small numbers of U.S. properties would require large return premia. Also, the study helps to explain shy financial intermediaries exist in the real estate industry and when investors should consider employing them.

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