Last year, foreign investment in U.S. com- mercial real estate markets totaled about $24
billion. By mid-year 2015, that notch had already
been breached, reports Jones Lang LaSalle, and by
some estimates, total foreign investment in U.S.
commercial property markets this year could end
up between $35 billion and $40 billion.
The trend line remains strong due to the lengthy,
but consistent, recovery of the U.S. economy as
compared to elsewhere around the globe: slump-
ing commodities blowing up third-world econom-
ics; a slowdown in China production and manufac-
turing; and myriad problems confronting Europe
ranging from Greece loan defaults to out-of-con-
trol immigration inflows.
Investors turning to U.S. property markets are generally seeking safety, stability, and decent opportunities for capital appreciation. Which is one reason
why Chinese investors, both institutional and individual, have been moving monies to the U.S. They
Commercial real estate investors from countries beyond U.S. borders have been
traveling a lot more lately. Major investors generally stick to a small group of
gateway cities in this country, but they are now finding compelling reasons to
buy buildings even in secondary metros not on any coast.
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