Due diligence in the virtual era

NAREIM Dialogues Fall 2021 issue

October 25, 2021


By Anh Duc Tran

NAREIM Fellow Class of 2020-21

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, MBA


I had the invaluable opportunity to attend NAREIM’s Executive Officer Meeting as a Barclay Fellow in October 2020. 


The Covid-19 pandemic was raging on and our meeting, like many others, was held virtually. A major part of the discussion centered around coping with the disruptions brought on by the pandemic, including restrictions on travel and in-person presence. 


As ‘walking the ground’ has been a critical, tried-and-trusted part of the due diligence process, how would managers navigate the new constraints to ensure they understand the assets? Would any new practices and innovations become a permanent part of due diligence? 


I spoke with four NAREIM members from major investment firms to hear their perspectives, and a few interesting themes emerged from our conversations. In the following article they discuss:

  1.  There is no substitute for walking the ground

  2.  Increasing importance of having strong partners

  3.  Increasing focus on data management and adoption of technologies


Anh Duc Tran is a Class of 2020–2021 NAREIM Jeff Barclay Fellow. He holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


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