The private equity real estate fundraising market has seen significant growth in the past decade. In 2000, 50 funds reached a final close raising an aggregate $19 billion in commitments. By 2004 the number of funds to close had more than doubled, with 135 funds reaching a final close, raising $37.4 billion. In 2006, $100 billion was raised by 254 funds and $124 billion was raised by 279 funds in 2007. The following year saw the amount of capital raised increase to $136 billion, but the number of funds to close fell to 233. Fundraising declined dramatically in 2009, as a result of investor caution and inactivity. 117 funds reached a final close, receiving aggregate commitments of $47 billion.
Recent quarters have been particularly poor for private equity real estate fundraising, with just $9 billion raised in Q4 2009 and $8 billion in Q3 2009. At the height of private equity real estate fundraising, in the second and third quarters of 2008, fund managers raised $40 billion and $42 billion raised respectively.
The average size of private equity real estate funds grew from $174 million in 2003 to $583 million in 2008, as a result of the booming fundraising market. Fund managers struggled to reach their targets in 2009, however, and the average fund size fell to $405 million.
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