U.S. Is Most Attractive Country to Global Real Estate Investors

by Will Smith

U.S. Is Most Attractive Country to Global Real Estate Investors

Based on a recent survey of its membership, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) has found that global investors point to the U.S. as having the most enticing real estate investment potential of any country in the world. Specifically, 37 percent of those surveyed cited the U.S. as having “the best opportunity for capital appreciation.” Brazil was a distant second with 16 percent.

Over half of the AFIRE membership believe the U.S. provides “the most stable and secure real estate investments” in the world right now. The number two slot in that category is shared by Germany and Switzerland. Of the top ten most attractive cities for global real estate investors, five were in the U.S. (DC, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston). In comparison, last year five of the top ten cities were in Asia.

The AFIRE findings are good news for a number of reasons. A few of those reasons are highlighted below:

  • The rankings indicate that savvy international investors believe U.S. property values are near bottom and that a rebound might not be too far off. Less than 20 percent of survey respondents consider it “very difficult” to find attractive U.S. investment opportunities. In 2004, that number was 59.4 percent.
  • There will likely be an infusion of foreign capital into the U.S. property market, which could stabilize falling housing prices and strengthen the dollar.
  • Despite the economic turmoil, the U.S. is still perceived as one of the safest, most robust markets in which to invest.

“Our investor members have expressed a growing confidence and interest in U.S. real estate,” AFIRE CEO James A. Fetgatter was quoted in the press release. “Their investment plans for 2009 for the U.S. resemble the flight to quality that is creating the demand for U.S. Treasuries.”

In other positive news, real estate markets around the world may be poised to benefit from an uptick in investment, as the survey found that global real estate investors plan to increase their investment activity by 40 percent in 2009 versus 2008.

See the AFIRE announcement for more details, plus this page which highlights other findings from the survey.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/u.s._is_most_attractive_country_to_global_real_estate_investors/502

1 Comment

  1. Matt & Laura Sanders said at 10:27 am on Saturday January 31, 2009:

    Our market in Clarkston, Oakland County, MI has been just shy of tumultuous. We appreciate the REO properties now being priced much better off the starting gate which creates excitement and multiple offer situations. There is still high unemployment and threat of more layoffs but the volume of sales has definitely been on the incline in our Residential, Condominium and Lakefront properties.  With our 43 years of combined experience, we welcome investors and referrals from around the world to join the excitement of Oakland County.

    Matt & Laura Sanders
    Associate Brokers,
    Members of NAR, MAR, NOCBOR
    Designated ABR, e-pro
    REMAX Encore
    8040 Ortonville Rd., Ste E
    Clarkston, MI 48348

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