Foreign Investors Test U.S. Markets

From 2005 through 2008, foreign buyers claimed at least $100 billion of US commercial property, a significant sum, according to Real Capital Analytics as noted in an AFIRE News article. In recent years, foreign investment in United States real has accounted for less than 10 percent of all property acquisitions. However, foreign investors are starting to take interest in the U.S. again though origins of the capital are changing and actual acquisitions so far have trended on the low side.

Through third quarter of 2009, acquisitions by non-U.S. investors have totaled just $2.1 billion. However, the market share of foreign buyers is up slightly overall, as a percentage of all U.S. acquisitions, and with notably higher investment for office, hotel and apartment sectors.

Foreign Investment into U.S.