Foreign investors are remaining active in the Chinese property market,
despite the country's government introducing a raft of tightening measures designed to cool to sector.
Many buyers are looking to take advantage of opportunities which exist as a result of cash-strapped developers and distressed assets, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) added.
Despite quitting the market during the global financial crisis, foreign investors are now heading back to the sector once more, with demand surpassing that of three years ago. On top of this, investors are now commonly looking for returns of ten to 12 per cent, the consultancy added.
"They are back," said David Hand, JLL's head of investment in China. "They are looking in China to invest, speaking to guys like us to identify, on the residential side, those who are facing this liquidity constriction."
Indeed, overseas buyers from outside Asia accounted for 33 per cent of China property investment
in 2007. This figure slipped to just 2 per cent by the end of 2009.
- Thursday 31 March 2011