Real Capital Markets surveyed its database of retail investors to gauge their sentiment on investing in today’s market, the greatest threats, the influencing factors and the greatest opportunities.
- Approximately 75 percent of respondents said the current and future challenges in the retail sector are impacting their acquisition plans.
- Interest rates are not a great motivating force for acquiring real estate now to lock in rates.
- More than one third of investors identified shifting consumer buying habits as the greatest threat to retail investing.
- Anchored shopping centers, including grocery-anchored, are viewed almost across the board as the most attractive retail investment opportunity, a category cited by more than 40 percent of investors.
While there remain challenges in the retail sector, investors are generally optimistic and are reshaping their investment decisions to adjust to the new age of retail. As the retail sector continues to evolve, investors are focusing on anchored retail centers as one positive path for future growth.