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SF Report Launch: Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On May 24, 2016, Asia Society Northern California convened a high-level panel to launch our new report, “Breaking Ground: Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate.” The sold-out event featured speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds: Arthur Margon ...

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On May 24, 2016, Asia Society Northern California convened a high-level panel to launch our new report, “Breaking Ground: Chinese Investment in U.SReal Estate.” The sold-out event featured speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds: Arthur Margon, a partner at Rosen Consulting Group, one of the report authors; Darlene Chiu Bryant, Executive Director of ChinaSF; Zhengyu Huang, Chairman and Founder, ImmCapital; Li Chen, Chief Financial Officer, Oceanwide Center LLC, a Chinese developer; Alan Pomerantz, Senior Counsel, Pillsbury LLP; and Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute. MrMargon began the program with a discussion of the highlights of the reportHe noted that Chinese nationals are now the biggest foreign buyers of American homes, purchasing homes valued at $93 billion in the past five years, including $28.6 billion in 2015 aloneCommercial property purchases have surged as well, to $8.5 billion last year, a 15-fold increase from 2010And, at nearly $208 billion, China is the biggest foreign holder of U.S.-government-backed real estate bonds. His presentation was followed by a panel discussion, which covered the differences between Chinese investment now and Japanese investment in the 1980s; the role of the EB-5 program in investment; and what the United States can do to promote Chinese investment. Zhengyu Huang commented that Chinese investment is characterized by “long-term strategic investing coupled with momentum driven investment” and Alan Pomerantz noted that one barrier to entry is the complex web of U.SlawsMrHuang predicted that despite some challenges for Chinese investors, they see the United States as a long-term destination, and in 2-3 years, will be much more savvy and well-educated investors.   GA_googleFillSlot("Center_SOCAL_Article_Left_Top_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_SOCAL_Article_Left_Middle_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_SOCAL_Article_Left_Bottom_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_NORCAL_Article_Left_Top_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_NORCAL_Article_Left_Middle_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_NORCAL_Article_Left_Bottom_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_INDIA_Article_Left_Top_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_INDIA_Article_Left_Middle_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_INDIA_Article_Left_Bottom_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_TX_Article_Left_Top_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_TX_Article_Left_Middle_Rect_180x150"); GA_googleFillSlot("Center_TX_Article_Left_Bottom_Rect_180x150"); We Know Asia, Get to Know Us Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.--> Visit Us New York | Museum Hong Kong Houston Global Network Los Angeles Manila Mumbai San Francisco Seoul Shanghai Sydney Washington, DC Zurich Resources Arts Education Policy Current Affairs Asia Blog Video ChinaFile For Kids AsiaStore Initiatives Arts & Museum Summit Asia 21 Young Leaders Asia Society Policy Institute Center on U.S.-China Relations China Learning Initiatives Creative Voices of Muslim Asia Global Cities Education Network Global Learning Beyond School Global Competence Certificate Global Talent Initiatives Int'l Studies Schools Network Pacific Cities Sustainability Transfuze: The Asia Arts & Museum Network U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum U.S.-China Dialogue Young Scholars About Asia Society Mission & History Our People Career Opportunities Become a Member Corporate Involvement Connect    Email Subscriptions For the Media

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