China ranked as the top market for cross-border investment in this year’s survey, succeeding Japan and Australia. Shanghai was the most popular city.
80% of Chinese developers stated that they will be as or more willing to dispose of their assets in 2019, while 82% of Chinese institutional investors intend to be as or more active in acquiring assets in 2019, indicating that the real estate investment market will remain active in the coming year.
As the global economy enters the late stage of the upward cycle, many Chinese investors are restructuring their investment strategy to reduce risk and build more diversified portfolios.
The survey found that more Chinese investors intend to purchase safer assets for cyclical plays in 2019. Office remains the most popular sector due to its steady cash flows and relatively easy management.
Logistics, data centres and senior housing continue to attract attention from investors seeking long-term structural opportunities.