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U.S. Top Country for Asian Outbound Property Investment, London Top City -

Of the $19 billion of outbound property investment coming out of Asia in the first half of 2015, China leads as the largest source of Asian outbound capital, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong. Outbound property investment by Asian investors continues its steady momentum, with quarter-on-quarter growth in Q2 2015 at 8.9%, amounting to $10 billion in capital flows. This brings overall Asian outbound investment in H1 2015 to $19 billion. International flows outside Asia rose 13% year-on-year in H1 2015 while intra-regional flows within Asia fell 40% reflecting more challenging conditions presented by limited product availability and reduced liquidity. Key Asia Outbound Capital Highlights:

  • China maintains its lead as the largest source of Asian capital, investing $6.6 billion in global real estate in H1 2015, followed by Singapore with $4.4 billion and Hong Kong with $2.2 billion.

  • In terms of country destination, the United States replaced the United Kingdom as the top country for Asian investors with $6.1 billion of investments in H1 2015, as opposed to $4.4 billion for the UK.

  • London continues to be the top city for Asian investors with an inflow of $3.8 billion, followed by New York ($3.7 billion) and Sydney ($2.2 billion).

  • There was a notable increase in hotel investments, which accounted for $5.8 billion or 30% of total Asian investment globally in H1 2015. This was largely supported by a number of major acquisitions by Chinese insurance firms, including the $1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf Hotel in New York by Anbang Insurance Group.

Marc Giuffrida, Executive Director of CBRE Global Capital Markets said, "This year we have really seen Asian outbound investment broaden with the US overtaking the UK as the preferred destination-US inflows this year are already at 90% of last year's total. While the headlines readily report the trophy sales in New York, about 40% of the capital has flowed into Boston, Washington, Seattle and LA--all markets with very positive fundamentals and availability of opportunities. London still maintained its position as the world's leading city. It received around 85% of UK inflows so far this year, and we are now seeing investors taking advantage of positive sentiment in the leasing and capital markets by looking at value enhancement strategies and development. Elsewhere in EMEA, core investors have been active right across Germany, particularly within the office and logistics sectors."

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