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.


Life sciences real estate has been a “hot” property type for the past decade—and even more since the pandemic. Will all the capital targeting the space be placed where it needs to go?
January 18, 2022
As investors look for sustainable sources of inflation-protected yield, real estate investment is increasingly blurring into a wider range of “digital” real asset investment strategies.
January 11, 2022
The mainstreaming of non-traditional property types is well on its way within institutional investing, which will materially broaden the real estate investment universe.
January 6, 2022
Real estate investments have historically coalesced around common property types—but it may make sense for investors to reconsider specialty property sectors in the post-COVID world.
January 2, 2022
Summit Journal, the official publication of AFIRE, is currently seeking abstracts, proposals, and submissions for the Spring 2022 issue, which will be published in March/April 2022.
December 22, 2021
As sustainable investing continues to grow in popularity, family offices have taken note.
December 14, 2021
Employees are increasingly demanding flexibility and choice for where (and when) they work. What strategies can landlords implement to adapt?
December 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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