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Climate risk and real estate prices: what do we know?

Clayton, J., Devaney, S. ORCID:, Sayce, S. and Van de Wetering, J. (2021) Climate risk and real estate prices: what do we know? Journal of Portfolio Management. ISSN 0095-4918

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3905/jpm.2021.1.278


There is a growing international consensus that climate change represents one of the most important structural forces and risks that long-term investors need to proactively consider in building resilient portfolios. Many institutional real estate investors have significant exposure to cities and regions that are economically important but increasingly susceptible to climate change impacts. In this article, we review and synthesize existing academic research on risk exposure to acute and chronic climate-related events and forces and their impacts on property asset values and lending practices. Evidence to date is dominated by studies focused on residential property, although some recent research has begun to examine the commercial real estate sector in a more rigorous way. We draw inferences from the residential studies for how these findings might apply to commercial real estate and highlight the more recent studies focused on commercial property. Recent research is published within both real estate and broader economics and finance journals; these articles indicate that awareness of climate risks is having a more sustained impact on pricing and on investor decision making, although the channels through which impact occurs are generally opaque and warrant further research.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:99751
Publisher:Institutional Investor Inc

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