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Chinese investment in US real estate

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Chinese investors have been riding the US commercial real estate 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. What does this mean for the US commercial real estate sector?

From January 2005 to March 2014, Chinese investors made direct acquisitions of $8.5 billion in US commercial real estate.  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 US commercial real estate.  Download our Closer Look analysis to learn about the Chinese investment strategy in US commercial real estate and ways in which US real estate players can benefit from the trend.

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