A Different Look at Commercial Real Estate Returns

AREUEA, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 403-430, 1990

Posted: 26 Feb 2008 Last revised: 12 Oct 2010


Commercial real estate makes up a relatively small percentage of most institutional portfolios, even though the existing literature has consistently reported attractive risk-return characteristics that would suggest much larger allocations. The discrepancy has been explained by a perceived lack of comparability between return series calculated for real estate and those calculated for other asset classes. Just as investors actively involved in the futures markets do not consider individual common stocks to be traded continuously, those active in the stock market do not consider real estate to be traded continuously. In both cases, adjustments to reported returns are necessary to achieve a degree of comparability. This study makes such adjustments, using sales data from the properties that help comprise the National Council of Real Estate Fiduciaries/Frank Russell Company (NCREIF/FRC) Index to generate a transaction-driven commercial real estate return series. Examination of the risk-return characteristics of this series shows that it is quite different from traditionally reported real estate return series and is far more consistent with risk-return characteristics that have been reported for other asset classes.

Keywords: commercial real estate, efficiency, hedonic, transaction index

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G22, G23, G31, G39

Suggested Citation

Cole, Rebel A., A Different Look at Commercial Real Estate Returns. AREUEA, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 403-430, 1990. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1097480

Rebel A. Cole (Contact Author)

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

College of Business
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