The Real Deal New York

Even more foreign money coming to US real estate in 2016

New York to remain top target market: survey

January 04, 2016 09:03AM

Jim Fetgatter Waldorf

From left: the Waldorf-Astoria in Midtown and Jim Fetgatter

The flood of foreign cash into New York real estate will continue – and even grow – in 2016, according to a survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.

Sixty-four percent of the group’s members, who together hold about $2 trillion in global real estate, said they plan to increase their investments in the U.S. this year. About 31 percent said they plan to maintain their holdings.

Not one of the survey’s hundred respondents said he or she plans to reduce their foreign real estate investments in 2016, Bloomberg reported.

“This is a very strong response,” Jim Fetgatter, the group’s chief executive, told Bloomberg. Given slowdowns in China, Brazil and Europe, he said, “the U.S., at the moment, really is the safest place for them to go.”

Foreign buyers have spent a total of $87.4 billion on U.S. properties last year, a jump from just $5 billion in 2009, according to Real Capital Analytics.

Manhattan took in $23.5 billion of that, roughly 27 percent. London and Los Angeles were next on the list.

Investors favored U.S. multifamily and industrial properties. Retail was the third-most favored building class, with offices and hotels bringing up the rear. [Bloomberg]Ariel Stulberg