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London World's Most Active Cross-Border Real Estate Investment Market in 2018

August 24, 2018 / Michael Gerrity

Global real estate consulting firm Knight Frank is reporting this week that in the first half of 2018 £5.6 billion ($7.2 billion USD) of international capital was invested in the London commercial real estate market. Hong Kong was second with £5 billion ($6.4B) and Paris third with £1.9 billion ($2.4B).
Asian investors dominate and accounted for £4.4 billion  ($5.6B) or 65 percent of which Greater China led the way with £2.6 billion ($3.3B) or 38% percent, and £1.8 billion ($2.3B) or 27% percent from other Far Eastern nations, with £906 million ($1.17B) of that from Singapore and £790m ($1B) from South Korea. London leads the way as the favorite destination for global capital as there is a significant and growing, the weight of cash targeting real estate as an asset class. The money derives from a range of investors that spans global institutions, to equity funds, to private capital, all of which value the ability to deploy ca...