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.


With uncertainty remaining high in real estate, potential outcomes for big cities may upend the long-running megatrend toward urbanization.
July 29, 2021
Institutional investment in single-family rentals accounts for less than 5% of the segment, but that balance could start to change.
July 27, 2021
AFIRE’s Summit Journal seeks future-focused thought leadership across finance, investing, real estate, ESG, technology, management, demography, economics, and more.
July 22, 2021
Could an idea to “bring back” New York after the pandemic work in other cities? (Adapted from “Real Estate: A Love Story” by Joshua Benaim.)
July 20, 2021
This special four-part series presents key ideas that point towards possible futures for the housing sector and institutional investors.
July 19, 2021
The 2021 AFIRE International Investor Survey offers a sense of calculated optimism for CRE investment in the year ahead.
July 15, 2021
For commercial real estate investors, inflation fears are real—but are they rational?
July 15, 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!