The influx of Chinese investment in U.S. commercial real estate continues at record levels, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s inaugural China-US inbound investment report. China’s deal volumes reached $19.2 billion in 2016, a record high, making the country the top U.S. foreign investor.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Marc D. Renard anticipates the iconic Union Bank Plaza and development site in Los Angeles will attract considerable interest from Chinese investors. He said, “U.S. commercial real estate offers current yield, diversification and an intrinsic hedge against inflation. In addition, the historical performance of U.S. commercial real estate has demonstrated superior returns and lower volatility than most other asset classes. As result, we expect to see a continued acceleration of capital from Asia into the U.S.”
Two California markets, the Bay Area and SoCal, are ranked among the top five U.S. markets for cross-border investment activity. The top five U.S. markets account for 76% of total investment.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.