3 Reasons International Investors Love U.S. Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate is attracting the attention –and capital- of investors from all over the globe. Interest in the U.S. commercial market is driving up prices in major cities and creating intense competition, as well as capital for new development, something that is not necessarily forthcoming from U.S. banks.  Money is coming from high net worth individuals and pension funds, and perhaps most significantly from Sovereign Wealth Funds.

These government treasury funds manage a staggering amount of capital globally. Their value is over $6 trillion, and 60% of those funds are invested in real estate. Of the $8.7 billion that Asian investors spent on commercial real estate in the first quarter of last year, the U.S. market took in 40%.

Many of these large investors favor deals involving multiple properties, since the discount that comes with buying additional properties offers an opportunity for greater returns. Foreign investors have participated in major NYC development projects over the last few years, including the massive tower at 55 Hudson Yards, primarily funded by Japanese firm Mitsui Fudosan.

With about a quarter of all commercial transactions in NYC involving foreign capital, we might well ask: what is behind this intense international participation in our CRE market? Various factors draw foreign investors to U.S. commercial real estate, but chief among them are these three.

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An Inside Look At Off-Market Real Estate Investments

Many investors recognize the advantages of off-market real estate over listed properties, for a number of reasons. I have dealt with off-market sales for over six years and eventually built an online marketplace around private offerings, so I’ve heard every question and answer you can imagine. Let’s take a look at some of the specifics of what separates listed and private real estate deals.

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Living Walls are Breathing Life into Urban Real Estate: Here’s How

The most exciting trend in real estate is a growing, living thing – literally. Living walls are at the forefront of today’s most compelling design trends, and there are many reasons for this. You’ll see them at any number of places – high-end shops, trendy spas, upper-crust restaurants and hotels, intimate clubs, and pretty much anywhere looking to add some distinction to their design.

Here we’ll look at some of the benefits, the applications (both residential and commercial), the value that is added by using living walls, and how you – yes, you! – can create one easily, along with some of the best examples of living walls out there.

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Best Email Marketing Campaigns and Document Sharing Services For CRE

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Email may no longer be the darling of the techy set, but for business there is no single more effective marketing tool. Utilizing email marketing for real estate services and apps boosts the impact of your marketing plan and saves time in the bargain. Tools have been developed specifically for CRE that let you dazzle and fascinate your clients without spending your entire week on the task.

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4 Tips for Growing Your CRE Network

The commercial real estate market offers the potential for excellent returns, and it’s increasingly becoming a game in which investors of any size can participate. Certainly major REITs and other investment groups have some advantages over the “little guy,” but with a few smart moves and tools, it can be easy to create the network you need to get in on up-and–coming deals that might be right for you.

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