Research - SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

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Foreign investment in U.S. real estate trends lower

by Andrea Waitrovich

Direct foreign investments in U.S. commercial real estate accounted for 17 percent of total transaction volume during 2015, but cross-border activity has trended lower so far this year, according to Marcus & Millichap’s “Special foreign investment report.” International investors accounted for an estimated 11 percent of the investment volume of all U.S. properties sold in first half 2016.

Although cross-border investment made up a smaller share of commercial real estate sales in the first half of the year, global financial market volatility, weak foreign economies, low alternative investment yields and a variety of factors creating uncertainty have reinforced the advantages of direct investment in U.S. commercial real estate, reports Marcus & Millichap.

Canada is perennially the largest foreign buyer of U.S. properties and heads the list in first half 2016, followed by China. China’s growing purchasing power enabled it to execut

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