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Briggs Presents to Chinese FinTech Executives

FinTech — the emerging industry at the crossroad of finance, IT & venture capital – held the second annual summit in Shanghai this week.

Helping China’s largest financial institutions learn about US real estate, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ben Briggs presented to the conference of industry leaders about global real estate opportunities.

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No let up from Chinese investors

“Chinese investors are becoming increasingly global. Many institutions that make up China’s colossal capital base are only just embarking on real estate investing across borders, but they are doing so quickly.

“Last year, total China outbound investment was up 30 percent from 2015, with the previous year’s investment volume itself 45 percent ahead of 2014, according to statistics from property consultancy JLL.

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Book Launch Grand Tour Draws Crowds, Sells Out of Books

Last week’s book launch grand tour for the long anticipated “Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate” kicked off on April 19 in New York City. The over 300 page hardcover was a collaboration led by Ben Briggs of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has lived in China over 11 years. Following the Manhattan grand opening, several of the book’s co-authors toured Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Dallas and Fort Worth, and with Atlanta and Seattle still to follow.

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Writing the Book on China

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China is a big deal. No one knows it more than my son Ben, who has lived there for more than 10 years and is our Executive Vice President of International Business. Ben has been a little busy: He has just published the authoritative guidebook about a very hot topic: Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide to USA Commercial Real Estate. The book is in the Chinese language and packed with information: fundamentals, market opportunities in American gateway cities, important tax issues, joint ventures, closing the deal and more — even perspectives on why purchase US properties at all. He’s got contributions from expert CEOs, brokers and analysts from all over the Sotheby’s International Realty® network, including a chapter on Dallas Fort Wort, one of the hottest spot on Chinese buyers’ list. (That one was written by yours truly.)

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Still going with the flow

Despite rumored restrictions on outbound investment from China, expect the steady flow of capital from the country to continue making its way into overseas property markets.

By Thomas Duffell

“China was the biggest cross-border real estate investor globally in 2016, according to research from JLL. Despite overall property transaction volumes lagging, the one area of the market which continued to grow was the pace at which Chinese investors are still looking overseas for properties.

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HNA, partner to buy 245 Park for $2.2B

Chinese conglomerate HNA Group and an unidentified partner are in contract to acquire 245 Park Avenue for $2.21 billion, The Real Deal has learned. The deal, were it to close at that price, would be one of the priciest-ever purchases of a Manhattan skyscraper, and perhaps the most emphatic example of Chinese institutional money making its mark on the New York skyline.

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Video: Will Trump terminate Chinese EB-5 investors?

In the presidential campaign, Trump acted very much against both immigration and China, but does that mean he’s against wealthy Chinese EB-5 investors? Watch the 2-minute video to see analysis by Ben Briggs, co-author of Chinese Institutional Investors’ Definitive Guide to US Commercial Real Estate and Executive Vice President of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Surpasses $95 Billion in 2016 Sales

MADISON, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2017) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2016 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions.

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.

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PERE Asia: China outbound continues to dominate

Chinese capital curbs show no signs of slowing the long-term trend of investing overseas, panelists at the PERE Asia Summit said.

By Thomas Duffell, photo: PERE

“Capital sources from China will continue to deploy large swaths of capital into real estate markets despite current restrictions on outbound investment, according to panelists at the PERE Asia Summit in Hong Kong.

“During the conference’s morning session, speakers highlighted the extra scrutiny on cross-border capital flows and rigorous government inspections, but all agreed this would only moderate China’s overseas real estate activity in the short term.

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Top 10 must-know China trends for 2017

2016 was a huge year for overseas homebuyers from China that saw underlying trends flagged by us in December 2015 playing out to great effect.

With China’s GDP growth exceeding the 6.5% expectation1, Chinese companies contributing to a record flow of overseas deals, outbound tourism flows exploding, and droves of Chinese applying for education abroad last year, we take a closer look and lay out what we see as key trends for 2017:

#1 Domestic slowdown, overseas acceleration

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