Strong appetite for retail properties and an active real estate investment trust sector has caused commercial real estate investment sales dollar volume in Canada to already exceed its 2009 year-end total. By the end of the third quarter of 2010, over $12 billion in commercial real estate assets had changed hands - up 57 per cent over the same nine-month period one year ago. While retail has been the most sought-after property type among investors, Toronto has been the most active and Vancouver the most expensive market.