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Foreign developers seek partners, clients in China

By Du Juan (China Daily) Updated: 2014-05-13 13:21

Foreign developers seek partners, clients in China

Visitors to a property exhibition in Beijing last month inquire about an overseas project. Wealthy Chinese people are increasingly looking into foreign real estate investment opportunities. Zou Hong / China Daily

Wealthy Chinese are increasingly looking for overseas real estate investment opportunities-so foreign developers are coming to China in search of clients and business partners, especially in the luxury-residential sector.

Chinese real estate companies' overseas expansion affords individual investors a path to interests abroad, especially in developed countries with stable profit returns and a good natural environment.

Foreign developers seek partners, clients in China
Foreign developers seek partners, clients in China
"In past years, Chinese investors have not been very enthusiastic when I introduced real estate projects in Canada," Neil Labatte, president and CEO of Talon International Development Inc, said. In the past six months, though, he's taken many calls about buying into the Canadian housing market. It's a "good sign of growing passion" from rich Chinese looking to spend dollars there as their focus shifts away from home, he said.

Shanghai-based international investor Greenland Group announced in March a 67,000 sq m project in Toronto, Canada's largest city, as its latest overseas real estate acquisition. In the past year, Greenland announced deals in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the UK and US.

Labatte said Chinese companies and individuals have accumulated enough wealth over past decades that many are now seeking out real estate services as part of their plans to establish businesses abroad. Individual investors who relocate outside China to settle or for work need to make a residential investment.

"There is a clear change of Chinese investors' strategy in the Canadian real estate market," said Labatte. "Families have been the majority of Chinese buyers of Canadian housing; usually for their kids' education. They tended to buy large villas or luxurious apartments in high-end communities in the suburbs." Now the purchases are of high-end downtown projects for both living and investment, he said.

Xu Dingmu, a businessman with a company headquartered in Beijing and employing 30 people, said his firm is opening a branch in Canada and he would like to purchase a floor in Toronto for office use.

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