Wall Street + Real Estate: A marriage made in hell?

Perspective: Practitioners, investors need to study each others' ways

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Whatever else may be learned from today’s housing markets, this much is clear: Real estate and Wall Street are now inextricably intertwined in ways that weren’t so prevalent a decade or more ago. Real estate companies depend on Wall Street, broadly defined, to fund startups, raise capital, create liquidity and hedge risk just as Wall Street, again broadly defined, relies on real property as an opportunity to diversify investments and earn solid returns on capital.