Leaders in the global commercial mortgage market are positioning themselves for what is widely anticipated to be a burst of capital markets activity over the next few years. REIT regimes are to be introduced shortly in the U.K. and Germany, Europe's two largest property markets, just as a number of markets in the Asia-Pacific region are taking off.

The growth rates during the ensuing few years could resemble those witnessed in the U.S., where real estate listings shot up to $330 billion by the end of 2005, from practically nil in the early 1990s, according to NAREIT, a trade group.

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