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FEB 2018

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68 February 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE Again, U.S. at No. 1 for Foreign Investors in Real Estate F oreign investors in real estate assign high importance to the potential for wealth and security—and according to new research, the U.S. is expected to offer both more than any other country in 2018. by Suzanne De Vita The U.S. was named the No. 1 na- tion for foreign investment in real es- tate in the annual survey by the As- sociation of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), with 58 percent of re- spondents to the survey awarding it top marks in appreciation prospects and stability. Eighty-six percent of respondents, in fact, plan to continue their cur- rent investment, or make more, in the U.S. this year. Driving interest is its "reputation for innovation" and "transparent capital markets," ac- cording to the survey. Along with motivations, however, are reservations. There are con- cerns about economic and political setbacks, and about interest rates and saturation, the research shows. Examining specifically the U.S., both Los Angeles and New York came in at No. 1 for foreign investors in real estate, followed by Seattle, Washington, D.C., and San Francis- co. New York—No. 1 in the world in last year's survey—was ranked No. 2 in the world this year. The cities globally with the highest interest: 1. London 2. New York 3. Berlin 4. Los Angeles 5. Frankfurt The countries globally with the highest interest, based on security/stability: 1. U.S. 2. Germany 3. Canada 4. UK 5. Australia The countries globally with the highest interest, based on capital appreciation opportunity: 1. U.S. 2. Brazil 3. China 4. Spain 5. UK Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. Source: Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE)

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