China foreign investment in real estate

China’s Real Estate Investments Drop 19%- Slows Luxury Homes

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Total Dollar Volume Spent on Vancouver Luxury Homes Falls

Capital flows pouring out of China have been well documented. It’s been estimated over 1.2 trillion dollars has flowed out of China since August 2015. Meanwhile, National Bank has estimated 12 billion dollars was invested from China directly into Vancouver real estate back in 2015.

However, recent tightening of capital outflows shows foreign investment on real estate is slowing. In a recent report from Petra Blazkova, Senior Director of Asia Pacific Analytics at RCA, says China’s outbound real estate investments dropped by 19% year-on-year, to $5.8 billion, in the first quarter of 2017.

The slowdown appears to be showing up in the total dollar volume for luxury homes in Vancouver. In the graph below, the total dollars spent on Vancouver homes above $2 million has dropped 5%, while total dollars spent on homes above $3 million dropped 12%.

Dollar Volume Vancouver luxury homes
Total Dollar Volume on Luxury homes in Vancouver.

Total dollar volume spent on Vancouver’s luxury homes started to ramp up in January, 2015 and peaked in March, 2016. Since then it’s been a steep decline down, likely exacerbated by the 15% foreign buyers tax. Although in recent months total dollar volume has shown some resurgence. To be continued…

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