Chinese Foreign Real Estate Investment

In the past few years, Chinese buyers have started to make their presence felt on the global property market, snapping up everything from luxurious trophy homes and vineyards, to more modest condominiums and investment opportunities. For many Chinese, global property investment is an emerging opportunity which until recently was out of reach.

Chart 1: China’s out ward FDI* and foreign investment in China during 2003-2015(USD billion)

*A foreign direct investment (FDI) is an investment in the form of a controlling ownership in a business in one country by an entity based in another country. It is thus distinguished from foreign portfolio investment by a notion of direct control. The origin of the investment does not impact the definition as an FDI: the investment may be made either "inorganically" by buying a company in the target country or "organically" by expanding operations of an existing business in that country.(From Wikipedia)

Chart 1: China’s out ward FDI* and foreign investment

China’s outward FDI was ranked third in the world for the third consecutive year – with an increase of 15.5% on a year-to-year basis for a total of USD $116 billion.

Chinese Government Encourages Investment Overseas

Outbound Chinese investment in global real estate sector

With the endorsement of Chinese government outbound investment policy, Chinese nationals are encouraged to go global. Domestic support and external demand has driven a new wave of overseas investment.

Emergence of Global Chinese Buyers

In the past few years, Chinese buyers have started to make their presence felt on the global property market, snapping up everything from luxurious trophy homes and vineyards, to more modest condominiums and commercial buildings. For many Chinese, global property investment is an emerging opportunity which until recently was out of reach. China's investment in the world is increasing, not soaring.


Benefiting from China’s great population and strong economic growth, China will become the most influential country in the world with the largest number of wealthy people across the globe. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2013 Chinese who have liquid assets estimated to be between $100,000 and $1,000,000 reached 10.26 million.


It is estimated that this number will exceed 12 million in 2018. By the end of 2013, the total amount of capital for domestic investment exceeded 83 trillion yuan, which is an increase of 13.7% from 2012.


Currently there is a tendency for wealthy families in China to try and achieve their immigration process through property investment. It is estimated that at least 1 million wealthy Chinese are willing or prepared to move overseas. The preferred destination of the wealthiest Chinese is the United States (52%) followed by Canada (21%), Australia (9%), Europe (7%), New Zealand (4%), Singapore (3%), Hong Kong (2%), and Japan (2%).


RICH CHINESE FAMILY RELOCATION DESTINATIONS