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Cross-Border Investment in U.S. Multifamily Recovers in 2020’s Second Half

International investors bought $5.7 billion of U.S. multifamily assets in 2020’s second half, just 5% below the year-ago period, CBRE reported. The sector’s strength—it commanded the largest share of overall investment since 2001—prevailed despite international travel restrictions and heightened market uncertainty.

For the full year, the impact of the pandemic on cross-border investment was felt more acutely. International investment in U.S. multifamily assets fell by 22% to $9.7 billion. “Considerably lower hedging costs made global capital more competitive, helping to mitigate the decline from 2019 levels,” according to CBRE’s Richard Barkham, Spencer Levy and Jeanette Rice.

Canada, the perennial leader in U.S. inbound multifamily capital, accounted for 64.1% of international U.S. multifamily investment in H2. The U.K., Switzerland, Germany, Bahrain, South Korea and Japan were distant followers.

For 2021, CBRE expects overseas investment in multifamily to pick up, especially in the year’s second half. “Strengthening market fundamentals and an easing of international travel” will be drivers.

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