Global Real Estate Market is Worth $326 Trillion

The new industry report made by DigiShares highlights real estate as the world’s biggest and most important asset class, representing a total value of $326 trillion.

To put this number into perspective, the aggregate value of stocks, shares, and bonds amounted to a mere $170 trillion in 2016.

With a combined valuation of $326 trillion, it should come as no surprise that the real estate market is packed with real estate investment entities (from developers, funds, and trusts to crowdfunding platforms and equity firms).

Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs):

There are a total of 865 REITs listed globally with a total market capitalization of $2.5 trillion. 27% (or 225) of these are U.S.-based and accordingly trade on U.S. stock exchanges.

Only 15% of all U.S.-registered REITs are traded on stock exchanges as of 2012, meaning that 85% of all U.S.-based REITs are privately held. Extrapolating the percentage of privately held U.S.-based REITs to a global scale affords us a very rough estimate of the total number of REITs currently in existence: 5766.

Real Estate Investments Funds (REIFs):

In 2019, there were approximately a total of 800 real estate investment funds (REIFs) seeking capital.

Real Estate Developers:

In aggregate, there are currently 200,000 real estate developers dispersed across China (99,554), the U.S. (53,000), India (37,555), the U.K. (4,626), and Australia (4,345). These countries represent some of the most active markets for real estate investment while also embodying nearly half of the world’s citizens; we estimate that there are a total of 300,000–400,000 real estate developers currently in existence.

DigiShares: World-leading tokenization software

DigiShares uses the most popular security token protocols and helps ensure that the tokens may later be traded on forthcoming security token exchanges. DigiShares is your trusted partner to ensure that your digital shares will be compliant and liquid.

RealEstate.Exchange is a platform that ensures smooth, liquid listing and trading of real estate assets on the blockchain.

The annual DigiShares Industry Report was authored by Jonas Lodahl, and contains 10 chapters about Real Estate Tokenization:
Innovation, tokenization, retail investing, infrastructure providers, regulatory.

Read the full report:



RealEstate.Exchange is a decentralized exchange (DEX) and DeFi lending marketplace that allows investors to buy, sell and borrow against real estate on the blockchain.

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