Chinese investment in U.S. real estate

Chinese investment in U.S. real estate


August 2015

According to the 2014 Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) survey, more than two-thirds of respondents consider the United States the most stable and secure real estate investment destination. Going forward, 68 percent of respondents plan to increase their portfolio size in the United States. Chinese investors have been riding the U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) wave, perhaps motivated by the gradual shift in the Chinese government’s policy to promote outbound investments and their preference for investing in real estate that provides comparatively modest and stable returns. From January 2005 to March 2014, Chinese investors made direct acquisitions of $8.5 billion in U.S. CRE. Of this, $5.8 billion has been invested in the 15-month period, January 2013 through March 2014. Consequently, China has emerged as the second-largest foreign investor, after Canada, with an eight percent share of the total cross-border investments in U.S. CRE.

Keywords: China, investment, market, international, growth


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