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Foreign Investment in U.S. Industrial Properties Spiked 152 Percent in 2018

April 24, 2019

Foreign Investment in U.S. Industrial Properties Spiked 152 Percent in 2018

April 18, 2019 | Michael Gerrity | World Property Journal

According to new data from CBRE Research and Real Capital Analytics, foreign property investors made $14.4 billion worth of U.S. industrial real estate acquisitions in 2018, up a whopping 152% year-over-year due to several large entity-level deals and 29% above the average volume since 2015.

Foreign investors accounted for 21% of total U.S. industrial real estate investment volume in 2018. Investment from Canadian and Chinese buyers reached an all-time high, accounting for 70% of last year’s total foreign investment in U.S. industrial real estate.

Jack Fraker, CBRE’s Global Head of Industrial & Logistics, Capital Markets said, “The U.S. industrial and logistics sector continues to benefit from structural changes, such as online retailing and evolving consumer behaviors, that are transforming global supply chains. E-commerce operators require up to three times more space than traditional warehouse users due to a greater diversity in products handled and the need to have them immediately accessible. Global real estate investors have caught on and are eager to add U.S. industrial assets to their portfolios.”

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