Summit Journal


Summit Journal is the official, award-winning publication of AFIRE, the association for international real estate investors focused on commercial property in the United States. Readers stand at the intersection of real estate, institutional investing, data science, and economics.

Published multiple times per year in digital and print formats, Summit features articles and original ideas and research from investors, executive leaders, and academics from around the world, focused on the research and analysis of real estate capital markets, cross-border issues, policy, demographics, technology trends, and management topics.

Summit is a free, open access trade journal.

ISSN 2689-6249 (Print) / ISSN 2689-6257 (Online)


Gunnar Branson
Publisher, Summit Journal
CEO, AFIRE | +1 202 312 1401 LinkedIn

Benjamin van Loon
Editor-in-Chief, Summit Journal
Communications Director, AFIRE | +1 202 312 1405 LinkedIn

Lexie Miller
Sponsorships, Summit Journal
COO, AFIRE | +1 202 312 1403 LinkedIn


The publisher of Summit is not engaged in providing tax, accounting, or legal advice through this publication. No content published in Summit is to be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell any asset. Some information included in Summit has been obtained from third-party sources considered to be reliable, though the publisher is not responsible for guaranteeing the accuracy of third-party information. The opinions expressed in Summit are those of its respective contributors and sources and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher.


The commercial real estate industry may not yet fully grasp the actual relationship between climate risk and asset pricing and value. But the knowledge is coming fast.
November 29, 2021
No matter your age or experience, 2021 has shaped up to be a year that no one can forget. Findings from the AFIRE 2021 Mid-Year Pulse Survey detail a cautious road ahead.
November 29, 2021
Taken together, the ideas discussed in the Fall 2021 issue of Summit Journal do not represent a new consensus—nor should they. Value is not derived from consensus, but from ingenuity.
November 29, 2021
editorial board, which will provide editorial guidance and peer review for the award-winning journal beginning in 2022.
October 13, 2021
As the global life sciences sector continues to grow, specialized skills will be the keys to success.
September 28, 2021
The rise of the creator economy spells big changes for the multifamily sector.
September 14, 2021
What environmental safeguards will be necessary to prepare cities for climate change?
September 9, 2021
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Even the real estate industry—one powered by leagues of smart people with innovative ideas—has its own tendencies towards groupthink. The pandemic has therefore served as a gut check on the established orthodoxies of our business.

Conscious investors and owners are taking a deeper look at the emergent and intersectional fundamentals that will generate long-term value as the world gradually emerges from convergent global crises into the “new normal.”

What we see in this newest issue of Summit Journal is less group think and more group problem solving. The authors here have eschewed standard predictions or calculated optimism about the standard asset classes—office, retail, residential, and industrial—and outlining strategies for movement into alternative sectors.


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