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Wealthy investors regain appetite for property

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Editor's note: This item is republished with permission from Global Edge Marketing Ltd. The original post can be viewed here. Confidence in the real estate sector is returning among high-net-worth individuals, according to a new survey from Barclays Wealth. Over the next two years, 35 percent of the survey's respondents said they plan to increase the proportion of their portfolios dedicated to real estate, excluding their primary residences. The average allocation to real estate among respondents was 28 percent internationally and 23 percent in the U.S. Investors in nine out of 10 countries expect to increase their allocation to real estate by 1 percent to 4 percent over the next two years, raising the global average allocation to 30 percent. Investors who plan to increase their real estate stakes believe that the asset class holds better long-term prospects than other more complex financial instruments, which many blame for igniting the financial crisis. Additionally, thank...