Real Estate

Enabling clients to cultivate greater economic and societal returns in the built environment

Real estate is fundamental to the human experience. It’s where the world spends 90 percent of its time living, working, shopping, and playing. But society’s needs, expectations, and wants of real estate have permanently evolved, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and increasing economic uncertainty.

McKinsey's Real Estate Practice works with investors, property owners, real estate managers, and the world's leading organizations who are the primary occupiers and users of space to lean into these disruptions and generate sustainable growth opportunities that benefit the businesses, environments, and communities they serve.

With proprietary technology, global scale, and local expertise, we are uniquely equipped to embolden clients to embrace disruption, pioneer innovation, and shape a new future for themselves and for the industry.


of global GDP

is generated by real estate


of global greenhouse emissions

are generated from the real estate industry



is spent on rent by organizations annually

Featured Insights


Climate risk and the opportunity for real estate

– Real-estate leaders should revalue assets, decarbonize, and create new business opportunities. Here’s how.

Workplace real estate in the COVID-19 era: From cost center to competitive advantage

– Companies today should build workplaces that help them realize their strategies. Here’s why and how.

Americans are embracing flexible work—and they want more of it

– The American Opportunity Survey illuminates how many people are offered the option to work from home, who works flexibly, and... how they feel about it.

Reimagining the future of financial-services headquarters

– The stakes are high for financial-services firms to reorient their offices around learning, inclusion, and innovation.

The rebirth of workspace design: An interview with Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins

– As offices consider how to reopen after two years of disruption from COVID-19, Hoskins sees an opportunity to create better, more... human-centric workspaces.

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