The total value of all the property in the world is $217 trillion – 2.7 times the world’s GDP
Add up all the property in the entire world, and you get $217 trillion (£152.2 trillion) of assets, a new report has suggested – that's 2.7 times the world's GDP.
"To give this figure context, the total value of all the gold ever mined is approximately $6 trillion, which pales in comparison to the total value of value of developed property by a factor of 36 to one," said Yolande Barnes, head of Savills world research.
The research, by Savills, showed residential property makes up by far the biggest portion of real estate, worth $162 trillion.
Homes also have the largest "spread of ownership" – ie. the the largest number of owners – with approximately 2.5bn households.
Meanwhile, commercial property made up $29 trillion, while agricultural and forestry land was worth about $26 trillion.
By comparison, the total value of world equities is $55 trillion – while outstanding securitised debt is worth about $94 trillion.
Not surprisingly, China accounts for nearly a quarter of the total value (and a fifth of the world's population), while 21 per cent of the world's total residential asset value is in North America – despite the fact it only has five per cent of the world's population.
"Real estate is the pre-eminent asset class which will be most impacted by global monetary conditions and investment activity and which, in turn, has the power to most impact national and international economies,” added Barnes.