Chinese investors prefer European to US property

Europe has replaced the US as the preferred destination for real estate investment by Chinese buyers. Loosened restrictions could extend that trend.
London's Royal Exchange was acquired by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International this year
London's Royal Exchange was acquired by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International this year

Europe has become the preferred destination for Chinese real estate buyers as American properties fall out of favour in the wake of the growing US-China trade spat. Going forward, Chinese investments in European real estate are expected to increase, with a recent relaxation of Chinese regulations restricting investments in overseas property. 

Chinese real estate investment in Europe totalled $1.08 billion in the first half of this year compared with just $380 million in the US, according to Rhodium Group, a US consultancy that tracks Chinese outbound investments.

Although Chinese property investments declined in both the US and...

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