Real Estate Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 11/14/2022
SIC Codes: 6512, 6513, 6514, 6515, 6517, 6519, 6531
NAICS Codes: 531
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Companies in this industry buy, rent, or lease real estate, manage residential, commercial, and industrial properties, and provide other real estate related services, including appraisals. Major companies include Anywhere Real Estate, CBRE, Host Hotels & Resorts, and Simon Property Group (all based in the US); as well as FInatis (France), Mitsui Fudosan (Japan), Savills (UK), and Scentre Group (Australia).

Global investment in commercial real estate reached $10.5 trillion in 2020, according to Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI). Top cities in the US with the highest commercial real estate investing potential in 2020 are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville, and San Jose, according to Forbes.

The US real estate industry includes about 350,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $470 billion.


Demand for real estate is driven by population growth, personal income, employment rates, interest rates, and access to capital. The profitability of individual companies depends on property values and demand, which are both impacted by general economic conditions. Real estate companies also rely on the supply of investment capital. Large companies have competitive advantages based on their financial resources and broad geographic reach. Small companies can compete effectively by focusing on local or regional markets. The US industry is highly fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about 20% of revenue.


Major products and services include home, apartment, rooming house and other residential space rental, which account for ...

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