The Inaugural Global Lease Count Study



April 2018 | Dallas, TX — How many commercial leases are there in the world?  The size of the global commercial real estate leasing market is one that has not received significant study to date.  It’s an interesting question to consider, and with the upcoming FASB lease accounting changes that will require the future value of commercial lease obligations to show on occupier balance sheets, it’s a timely one. 

In an attempt to put forth a defensible answer, RealFoundations founder David Stanford and Senior Research Consultant Ward S. Caswell worked together to estimate the quantity of leases for office, industrial and retails markets in approx. 90 countries.  What follows is an overview of the results and the methodology used to arrive at that number.  We hope this ‘study’ will spark a conversation – read it, think about it and then let us know what you think.

For questions, comments or to begin a dialogue about this study, please contact:

Naomi Souza  |  |  +1 214 292 7086 

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