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Foreigners eye China real estate

Last Updated: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 17:57

Foreign investors are increasing their investment in China’s commercial real estate market, according to reports released by overseas leading commercial real estate services.

Last year’s total foreign investment in China’s major commercial real-estate projects surpassed 70 billion yuan (US$10.38 billion), up over 50 percent year on year, said CBRE Group, a leading global commercial real estate service.

In 2018, foreign investors were also active buyers of China’s office buildings. Foreign investment accounted for about 60 percent of Shanghai’s major property deals in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Savills, a leading international property agent.

Reports also indicate that foreign investment demand for China’s real estate market is expected to grow in 2019 based on recent studies on fundraising by overseas developers.
CBRE also predicts that the invested assets of property funds eyeing China will rise over US$35 billion from 2019 to 2024, with investment mainly in value-added and opportunistic projects.

On January 7, Singapore’s CapitaLand announced it would acquire about 70 percent of Pufa Tower in Shanghai’s central business district through a joint venture for 2.75 billion yuan.

“The acquisition underscores CapitaLand’s increasing confidence in China’s future economic development,” said CapitaLand President Luo Zhenyu. “China’s opening financial sector will further meet the growing demand of foreign investors’ business and office expansions.”

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