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Chinese investors can now use to buy real estate

Shanghai-based formed venture with American website for users in China

May 21, 2015 12:30PM

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From left: CEO Jeffrey Frieden and CEO Simon Henry

From left: CEO Jeffrey Frieden and CEO Simon Henry

From the New York website: plans to market U.S. real estate to Chinese buyers.

Shanghai-based, an international property website, has formed a venture that will open up American assets — apartments, hotels, retail spaces and office buildings — to Chinese speakers in mainland China, Bloomberg reported. U.S. homes could also be added.

In the six years ending in 2014, Chinese investors spent $39 billion on global real estate, according to the website. In 2008, that number was $92 million.

“ will help us give Chinese buyers more of what they are looking for, exclusive commercial listings that are accessible to them online, in China and in their own language,” Chief Executive Officer Simon Henry said in the statement cited by Bloomberg.

Chinese investors have been very active in New York City’s luxury real estate market. Anbang Insurance Group purchased the Waldorf Astoria for $1.95 billion — the biggest transaction ever for a hotel in the U.S. — earlier this year. [Bloomberg] — Claire Moses