Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Property Drops Almost 50%

Deals involving foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate totaled $16.9 billion in the first six months of 2019.

(Bloomberg)—Foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate plunged in the first half of 2019 as signs of a global economic slowdown made buyers more cautious.

Deals totaled $16.9 billion, down from a record $32.7 billion in the same period last year, according to a report by CBRE Group Inc. Much of the decline was in spending on large mergers and acquisitions, which tumbled 83%, the brokerage said. Individual asset and portfolio sales fell 26%.

A Pause on Deals

The current slowing economy and uncertainty over where U.S. interest rates were headed have caused many overseas investors to hesitate on deals, according to Spencer Levy, chairman of Americas research for CBRE. That may change as buyers get more clarity.

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