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- December 1, 2018: Vol. 10, Number 11

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Secondary notions: Foreign investors in US real estate are broadening their focus

by Jody Barhanovich

Chinese investment into US real estate has been significant in recent years, but it has declined since 2016, mainly due to Chinese government-issued capital controls. But even as Chinese investment in US real estate has seen a recent decline, overall cross-border investment in the United States continued to climb in second quarter 2018.

Other foreign investors have been filling the gap created by the Chinese pullback, and these cross-border investors seem to be looking more to secondary markets to place capital.

Chinese investment takes a step back

For the past several years, the United States has seen an increase in investments from China. Recently, however, capital controls have dictated a pullback by Chinese investors.

After hitting a high in 2016, Chinese investment
in the United States declined significantly in
2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s China-US Inbound Investment Capital Watch report. Chinese inves

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