(Mar 20): Investors often think of their real estate exposure in terms of property type and geography, but there are many other potential factors that may help explain performance.

Our analysis shows lease length has historically been one such cyclical factor, with long leases having provided a performance boost during periods of weakening rental growth — an insight that may prove particularly relevant in today’s economic environment. Hence, investors may wish to benchmark more than just property type and sector exposure.

In 1956, California’s Van Nuys News proclaimed the three most important things about real estate to be location, location, location.

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