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 2689-6257 (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 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
Urbanization, digitalization, and demographics are the key trends to watch for understanding the future of logistics real estate.
September 7, 2021
Though “impact investing” is no longer totally distinct from investing in general, investors still have a lot of work to do to fulfill the social and governance aspects of ESG expectations.
August 31, 2021
While most agree that the office sector has a difficult road ahead, there is less consensus about future demand in the sector. What are the indicators investors should be tracking?
August 24, 2021
With Brexit and pandemic resolutions coming into focus, pricing disparities could dissipate based on improved cross-border liquidity and cap rate compression in the London office market.
August 19, 2021
The evolution of global real estate education over the past three decades will be integral to developing a rich pipeline of talent for the future of commercial real estate.
August 17, 2021
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It is perhaps not surprising, then, that housing—single-family, multifamily, rentals, and everything in between—is front-of-mind for contributors to the real estate investment conversation being led by Summit and the broader AFIRE membership.

For this reason, we’re proud to declare this the first themed issue of Summit. Four unique perspectives from Aria, Berkshire Residential, Tricon Residential, and Square Patton Boggs detail the fundamentals, opportunities, and risks to watch for the sector—which is only growing in demand.

Welcome to the Housing Issue!