Investment research can utilize NCREIF data and analytical tools to support more informed decisions about real estate investment strategy, portfolio construction and asset positioning.

- Mark Roberts, Managing Director, Global Head of Research and Strategy, Deutsche Asset Management Alternatives Real Assets

Facilitating commercial real estate research is central to NCREIF’s mission as its provision of data products and analytical tools to the investment and academic community allows for improved understanding of the performance of this asset class. NCREIF supports the investment community with guidance on using its detailed property database and portfolio of fund indices to further thought leadership in the industry. Academics are encouraged to utilize NCREIF information to advance real estate research literature. 

NCREIF Insights

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Using Brinson Attribution to Explain the Differences Between Time-Weighted (TWR) and Money-Weighted (IRR) Returns

Published in the Summer 2016 Journal of Portfolio Management, this paper uses Brinson attribution to explore and explain the differences between the TWR and IRR for measuring investment performance. The TWR is an industry standard for performance reporting and lends itself nicely to liquid investments, although an IRR can be a more appropriate fit for alternative asset classes and some investment structures. Author Joe D’Alessandro.

Published Date: Aug 01, 2016
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RERI Summary - Which Factors Determine Liquidity Across US Metropolitan Office Markets

NCREIF Director of Research, Sara Rutledge, provides an overview of this 2016 Real Estate Research Institute-funded research paper and its implications for investors.

Published Date: Jul 01, 2016
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New NCREIF Indices – New Insights: Part 2

NCREIF Consultants Mike Young and Jeff Fisher provide a follow-up to January’s article on three new metrics formally released by NCREIF during the first quarter of 2015 with an in depth discussion on the methodolgy and use of the Free Cash Flow Yield (FCFY) and Capital Expense Ratio (CXR).

Published Date: Jun 01, 2015
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New NCREIF Indices - New Insights

NCREIF Consultants Mike Young and Jeff Fisher introduce three new indicators, the Market Value Index (MVI), Free Cash Flow Yield (FCFY), and the Capital Expense Ratio (CXR).

Published Date: Jan 02, 2015
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Distributions over Time

Discussion of the distribution and property type composition of properties in the NPI over three time periods – 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Published Date: Oct 01, 2014
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Discussion of the composition and returns for NPI-Plus, which consists of non-NPI properties classified in the “Other” property type, such as senior living, self-storage and parking.

Published Date: Jun 01, 2013
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Why Do ODCE and NPI Returns Differ?

Discussion of ten main reasons the core fund-level benchmark (NFI-ODCE) and property-level index (NPI) differ in methodology and composition.

Published Date: Sep 01, 2012
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Is Core Over-Valued?

NCREIF Consultant, Jeff Fisher, explores pricing and income data for core and non-core NPI properties to shed light on valuations in the recovery from the Great Recession.

Published Date: Jun 01, 2012
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Open-Ended Fund Indices

Comparison of the composition and performance of NFI-ODCE funds and non-ODCE open-end funds tracked for the NFI-OE.

Published Date: Dec 01, 2011
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Cap Rate: Please Explain

Discussion on capitalization rate calculations available in the NCREIF database and how to interpret/apply each measure.

Published Date: Oct 01, 2011
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Properties Returned to the Lender: Does it Matter?

During the Great Recession, some “underwater” properties were returned to their lender. This piece explores whether or not this practice was impactful to the NPI.

Published Date: Jul 01, 2011
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A Simplified Transactions Based Index (TBI) for NCREIF Production

David Geltner reviews the original TBI as it has been produced at MIT from 2006 through 2010, and explores a simplified average-price-based alternative version for possible NCREIF production and publication, including detailed operating instructions for such production.

Published Date: May 02, 2011
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Note to Investors: In a Rising Market, New Acquisitions May Lag

NCREIF Executive Director, Doug Poutasse, examines NPI total returns by acquisition year cohorts and their relative performance to the overall NPI.

Published Date: Nov 01, 2007
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Member Contributions

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New Note to Investors: In a Rising Market, New Acquisitions May Lag, at Least in Year‐One

TIAA Global Real Estate's Senior Director, Fabiana Lotito, explores if newly acquired product, in a rapidly rising market, will tend to lag as they generally price at the top of market.

Published Date: Jul 01, 2015
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Making Sense of Counterintuitive Results in NPI Data Analysis

Jeff Bean and Richard Kleinman of LaSalle Investment Management discuss how custom analysis of the NCREIF property database can occasionally produce counter-intuitive results that are not the outcome of errors in the query or data, but statistical quirks.

Published Date: Apr 01, 2014
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Economic and Demographic Characteristics of the ODCE Index

This paper examines the NCREIF-Open End Diversified Core Equity Index’s (ODCE) exposure to different employment sectors through its geographic allocation. Authors and contributors from LaSalle Investment Management include: Jeff Bean, Bill Maher, Richard Kleinman, Daniel Mahoney

Published Date: Feb 01, 2013
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Vintage Year Returns Higher in Gateway Markets Over Past Decade

Nathan Kane of LaSalle Investment Management compares vintage year returns for core properties between the six 'gateway markets' and the rest of the NCREIF universe between 2000 and 2011.

Published Date: May 01, 2012

Academic Papers

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Real Estate Returns by Strategy: Have Value-Added and Opportunistic Funds Pulled Their Weight?

Working paper. An empirical examination, based on the 17-year period examined, indicates that the net investment returns from indices of value-add and opportunistic funds have – on a risk-adjusted Basis – under-performed the net returns available from an index of core funds. Author Joseph L. Pagliari, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Published Date: Sep 06, 2016
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New NCREIF Value Index and Operations Measures

This paper introduces three new and refined series derived from NCREIF property data: the Market Value Index (MVI), Free Cash Flow Yield (FCFY), and Capital Expense Ratio (CXR). While the NPI was designed to measure the risk and returns of the real estate asset class, these series optimize the property-level data in the NCREIF database to provide better indications of real estate value changes and operating performance. Authors Michael S. Young, Jeffrey D. Fisher, and Joseph D’Alessandro.

Published Date: Aug 28, 2016
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Efficient Capital Market with Predictable Returns

This RERI funded paper tests the hypothesis that investors’ ex ante discount rates help predict ex post investment returns and ex post investment risk. Author Liang Peng.

Published Date: Feb 01, 2016
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A New Method to Estimate Risk and Return of Commercial Real Estate Assets

This RERI funded paper builds on existing methods to estimate abnormal performance of real estate assets from cash flows to strengthen the position that open-end core real estate funds earn high returns. Authors Jin Man Lee, James D. Shilling, and Charles Wurtzebach.

Published Date: Jan 01, 2016
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Which Factors Determine Liquidity Across US Metropolitan Office Markets?

This RERI funded paper seeks to identify the causes of market-specific transaction activity and liquidity risks across US metropolitan office markets. Authors Steven Devaney, Pat McAllister, and Anupam Nanda.

Published Date: Jan 01, 2015
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Commercial Real Estate Price Volatility: Credit Policy vs. Property Market

This RERI funded paper investigates the disconnected roles of credit policy versus property market fundamentals in producing volatility for commercial real estate prices. Author Jonathon A. Wiley.

Published Date: Jan 01, 2015
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The Impact of Capital Expenditures on Property Performance in Commercial Real Estate

Chinmoy Ghosh and Milena Petrova used a sample of 56,144 annual property observations during 2000 – 2011 to analyze the determinants of capital expenditures and their sub-components at the property level when accounting for uncertainty.

Published Date: Apr 01, 2014
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Do Value-added Real Estate Investments Add Value?

This paper compares the unlevered returns on value added and core investments of private commercial real estate equity in the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) database. This paper is authored by Liang Peng and Thomas Thibodeau

Published Date: Sep 03, 2013
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Commercial Real Estate Market Property Level Capital Expenditures: An Options Analysis

This RERI funded paper tests the option pricing theory that capital improvement expenditures are positively linked with high or increasing market lease rates and the conjecture that capital expenditures are fully capitalized into market value. Authors Shaun A. Bond, James D. Shilling, and Charles H. Wurtzebach.

Published Date: Aug 29, 2013
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Finding Cap Rates: A Property Level Analysis of Commercial Real Estate Pricing

This RERI funded paper empirically analyzes how individual property cap rates are affected by macroeconomic conditions, local market conditions, and property characteristics and then analyzes what drives uncertainty in property cap rates. Author Liang Peng.

Published Date: Jan 26, 2013
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Interest Rate and Investment under Uncertainty

This RERI funded paper empirically analyzes the non-monotonic influences that interest rate changes have on irreversible investment in income producing properties. Authors Liang Peng and Thomas G. Thibodeau.

Published Date: Apr 02, 2012
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Real Estate Risk and Hedge Fund Returns

This RERI funded paper explores hedge funds’ investment strategy relating to their exposure to the real estate market by introducing a real estate source of variation to proxy for investments in the securitized and direct real estate markets. Authors Brent W. Ambrose and Charles Cao.

Published Date: Jan 29, 2012
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Exploiting Property Characteristics in Commercial Real Estate Portfolio Allocation

This RERI funded paper uses a parametric portfolio to estimate optimal commercial real estate portfolio policies. Authors Alberto Plazzi, Walter Torous, and Rossen Valkanov.

Published Date: Apr 22, 2011
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Funding Constraints and Commercial Real Estate Pricing Spirals

This RERI funded paper examines the relation between the availability of credit, market liquidity, and asset price movements in both public and private commercial real estate markets. Authors David C. Ling, Andy Naranjo, and Benjamin Scheick.

Published Date: Apr 01, 2011
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How Accurate are Commercial Real Estate Appraisals?

This RERI funded paper provides new evidence on the performance measurement and reporting of commercial real estate returns by examining the accuracy of property appraisals prior to sale. Authors Susanne E. Cannon and Rebel A. Cole.

Published Date: Feb 06, 2011
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Commercial Real Estate Rental Index: A Dynamic Panel Data Model Estimation

This RERI funded paper seeks to complement the NPI by developing a rental index based upon the property-level rent data collected by NCREIF. Authors Xudong An, Yongheng Deng, and Jeff Fisher.

Published Date: Feb 01, 2011
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Market Timing and Investment Selection

This RERI funded paper explores fund managers’ abilities to generate abnormal profits in the real estate market, a market characterized by relative inefficiency compared to the publicly-traded market. Authors Yael V. Hochberg and Tobias Muhlhofer.

Published Date: Jan 01, 2011
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Is Value-Add and Opportunistic Real Estate Investing Beneficial

This RERI funded paper investigates whether value-added and opportunistic real estate investing has resulted in appropriate risk-adjusted returns. Authors James D. Shilling and Charles Wurtzebach.

Published Date: Apr 11, 2010
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