Asian investors continue to step up their activity in the global real estate market. Outbound investment from the region totalled US$40 billion in 2014, an increase of 23% from 2013.
Asian investors were active across the board in 2014. Singapore, China and Hong Kong were the major sources of capital.
Last year saw Taiwanese and Chinese insurance companies emerge as new players in the global real estate market. These investors will continue to invest and allocate more capital to real estate this year.
Asian capital still prefers gateway cities but is gradually moving beyond traditional locations to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and cities in continental Europe. This trend will become more prominent in 2015.
Offices remain the preferred asset class for investors but interest in hotel and industrial properties is increasing.