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Environmental, Social, and Governance In REITs and the Crossover to Property Managers

Environmental, Social, and Governance In REITs and the Crossover to Property Managers

Location! Location has always been the primary focus for both REIT executives and other property professionals. Now, three additional words are entering their lexicon with increased frequency--environmental, social and governance.

Due to a mix of drivers, environmental, social and governance (ESG) worries are gaining prominence among REITs and their own investors. ESG is becoming a critical point of focus from the perspective that failure or success may determine the long term of assets.

"The U.S. is rapidly catching up with the Europeans on ESG issues," says Sam Adams, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based based Vert Asset Management. In 2017, Vert Asset Management started the Vert Global Sustainable Real Estate Fund, a mutual fund investment in publicly-traded REITs which rely upon ESG metrics. Let’s start off by defining what ESG really means.

Urban and Suburban Lines

Urban and Suburban Lines

As time passes, the square footage of single-family home and flat houses shrinks and expands to adapt to the market’s economic needs. Land values rise and fall according to regional growth and job migration. Through each of these modifications, town planners have delineated places within larger metropolitan areas as suburbs and cities. Now, there's a new dynamic - the slowly disappearing line between suburban and city land lines.

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