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Chinese Cross-Border Investment Pull-Back Filled by Canadians

The volume of Chinese real estate investment in the U.S. ebbed during the first half of 2017, though Canadian investors reclaimed the lead as the largest source of cross-border investment capital. RCA’s latest report of capital flows showed declines coming in from China, mainly as a result of newly-approved regulations aimed at controlling overseas CRE outflows.

RCA real estate economist Jim Costello notes, capital flows from Asia were up for H1 2017, as investors from Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong stepped up allocations, though capital from the Middle East continued to decline.

Capital flows overseas were driven by higher average yields on offer in the U.S., and excess savings at home. Chinese capital was the largest source of cross-border capital into the U.S. in 2016.

Cross-border investors represented 13% of all U.S. transaction volume by mid-year 2017, a decline from 16% a year earlier.

H1 2017 Top Cross-Border Countries
– Canada: $8.8 billion
– China: $5.4 billion
– Singapore: $3.5 billion
– Germany: $2.3 billion
– Japan: $1.4 billion

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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.

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