China's overseas property investment has increased by 600%.

Over the last three years, Chinese companies have increased their overseas property investment by 600 percent as investors and developers sought capital stability and portfolio diversification outside of China. buy property in qatar

According to Savills China report, Chinese companies increased their overseas real estate investment from $900 million in 2010 to $5.6 billion in 2012. According to the company, the transition into international property markets started with individual buyers searching for residential properties and then progressed to institutional developers.

"Chinese investors have now moved on to other markets where, although they still make up a small percentage of buyers, their numbers are increasingly growing," said James Macdonald, head of Savills Research in China, in the study.

Investment levels have continued to rise so far this year, and the company expects volumes to rise by 20% each year over the next decade.

According to Savills, Chinese nationals have turned to foreign countries in search of access to education and healthcare, as well as permanent residency and citizenship. (Visa services for property owners have been expanded in many European countries.)

As a result of the cooling Chinese economy, which has increased the risk profile, developers are taking different investment approaches overseas.

In most gateway cities, developers collaborate with local partners, and most projects include residential components. Meanwhile, insurance companies that are ready to invest would focus on well-established commercial projects that generate profits. Stakes in logistics portfolios are being co-invested by Chinese sovereign wealth funds. China's insurance firms have $14.4 billion to invest on foreign real estate, according to CBRE.

"What we're seeing right now is the first salvo, or exploratory foray, for what is supposed to be a much larger wave of capital in the coming years," Mr. Macdonald said.

With the $392 million purchase of Lloyds Building in London, Ping An Insurance became the first Chinese insurance firm to invest in international property markets. China's sovereign wealth funds collectively control $1.2 trillion in assets, with CIC and SAFE both ranking among the top five in the world. CIC has acquired significant industrial and warehouse portfolios in Brazil, Australia, and Japan, as well as an interest in Canary Wharf's majority owner, Songbird Estates.

Currently, China's Public Pension Fund and National Social Security Fund are barred from investing in real estate, but the firm claims that deregulation could result in significant investment in real estate markets.

The top ten Chinese developers, ranked by revenues in the first half of 2013, produced $79.5 billion in revenue, selling more than 495 million square feet in the first half of 2013.

As circumstances change, such as the health of overseas markets, industry legislation, and the creation of internal structures, the firm expects capital flow to fluctuate.

"However, as China's importance on the global stage grows and its participation in international affairs deepens, Chinese businesses, developers, and investors will continue to expand as they evolve," Mr. Macdonald said.

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