Chinese investors shifting focus in global realty purchases

Updated: 2015-02-12 08:30

By Wu Yiyao(China Daily)

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"Many Chinese individual investors have been looking into opportunities in eurozone countries including Portugal and Spain amid the renminbi's appreciation against the euro," said Liu Feng, senior vice-president of CreditEase, a wealth management and credit management services firm.

Exchange rates, interest rates, yields and rental growth are all taken into consideration by Chinese investors when making a decision about where to buy overseas, said analysts.

Researchers said that although China's outward investment has surged, buyers from China are sometimes facing fierce competition from buyers from other countries and regions.

In London, Chinese buyers account for about 20 percent of the properties sold to foreign buyers, but clients from the Middle East are taking a larger share, according to Yolande Barnes, a director at Savills World Research.

Paul Guest, head of research and strategy for the Asia-Pacific region with LaSalle Investment Management, said Chinese investors are also looking at opportunities in Asian cities including Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.

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