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WMRE Common Area: Outlining the Latest Proptech Investment Trends with Sarah Liu (Ep. 76)



Commercial real estate has been a notorious laggard when it comes to adopting technology. But a surge of investment in proptech in recent years is helping to transform many business practices within the space. 

Fifth Wall is a major venture capital firm focused on the global real estate industry and property technology for the built world. With the backing of institutional partners within the sector it has helped fund dozens of proptech startups. 

In this episode, David Bodamer is joined by Sarah Liu, a Partner of the Real Estate Technology Investment Team at Fifth Wall, to discuss what kinds of technology the industry is adopting..

Sarah discusses:

  • How Fifth Wall vets their proptech investments.
  • Which sectors and processes are seeing some of the biggest effects by adopting technology and automating processes.
  • How the pandemic helped accelerate some proptech adoption and how changes like work-from-home and hybrid work schedules have created new challenges to navigate. 
  • How Fifth Wall positions its funds to help incubate proptech startups.
  • And more

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Sarah Liu is a Partner on the Real Estate Technology Investment team at Fifth Wall, where she focuses on early stage investing in the construction, fintech, insurtech, and residential sectors.

Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Sarah worked at McKinsey in San Francisco. Her work there spanned FIG, TMT, and retail and included private equity due diligence, M&A strategy, and corporate transformations.




Episode 71: A Look at the First Quarter Commercial Real Estate Investment Numbers with Darin Mellott



After a record breaking fourth quarter in 2021, the momentum continued into the first quarter of 2022 with a 45 percent year-over-year increase in U.S. commercial real estate investment volume. What has influenced these numbers and what does the rest of the year look like?

In this episode, David Bodamer is joined by Darin Mellott, Senior Director of Capital Markets Research at CBRE, in sharing key highlights from recent market activity, touching on different types of buyers, comparing the end of 2021 to the beginning of 2022, and discussing future outlook. They also talk about interest rates, the impact of the value of the dollar on cross-border flow and other takeaways from the first quarter numbers.

Darin discusses:

  • The impact of increased interest rates on buyers and sellers
  • How the pandemic has influenced investment decisions
  • Activity levels among different kinds of buyers
  • What markets and property types were the most active
  • And more

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Darin Mellott is a Senior Director of Capital Markets Research at CBRE. In this capacity, Darin leads a global team of Capital Markets Research Analysts and works with other members of senior leadership to provide analysis and develop “house views” on global markets and economic conditions, with a focus on their impact on real estate.

 

Beyond this, Darin leads and contributes to research and strategy efforts across the globe on behalf of clients, and has authored numerous white papers for the firm. He also represents CBRE with the media and at public forums on a frequent basis. Prior to his current role, Darin was CBRE’s Director of Research for the Americas.