Investors eye real estate market

08:14, July 22, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

China's property market has seen soaring investment from foreign institutional investors, driven by strong expectations of renminbi appreciation this year.

According to international real estate advisor CB Richard Ellis, the value of en bloc property transactions in 15 Chinese cities has hit 49.9 billion yuan ($7.36 billion) in the first-half of this year, among which 19.4 billion yuan came from foreign institutional investors, 10.2 billion yuan from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao, and the remaining 20.3 billion yuan from mainland investors.

Total investments in the first six months of this year were almost five-fold of those from the same period of last year.

"Affected by the financial crisis, foreign investors were inactive last year and domestic investors dominated the market. But due to better liquidity and expectations of renminbi appreciation, the situation is just the opposite this year," said Danny Ma, senior director of CB Richard Ellis Research China.

Industry experts say the renminbi will probably appreciated 3 percent this year.

LaSalle Investment Management, a US-based real estate fund, for instance, has been actively seeking opportunities in China, particularly in second-tier cities. Though the fund raised $2 billion last year, it made no investments at all in 2009. But top management said that they will definitely reach a deal in China this year.

"We are now in talks with several projects in the commercial and industrial sectors," Eric Au, China director of LaSalle told China Daily on Thursday.

For Matt Brailsford, Deputy Managing Director of Savills Beijing, their foreign clients have shown much stronger interest in investing in China's properties, mainly in the office and retail sector.

"But there is no big increase of new faces in market, most of them remain those from Hong Kong and the United States," said Brailsford.

Eric Pang, head of Beijing Investment at Jones Lang LaSalle, said investments will be much more active in the second half.

"At the beginning of May, 12 commercial plots located in the core Central Business District area opened to public bidding, and a large number of reputable institutions and developers are expected to participate in the tendering process," said Pang. "To us, this therefore indicates a strong rebound in sentiment in the Beijing commercial investment market."

Source: China Daily


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao watches the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are also present. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows strong wind blows trees in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Typhoon Nesat heads towards south China and is moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)
Hot Forum Discussion