Jan 6 London ranks as the top city for foreign
real estate investment opportunity, beating out last year's
winner, New York, according to a survey released on Monday by
the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.
The survey found that San Francisco was the third favorite
city for foreign investors, with Houston and Los Angeles coming
in at four and five, respectively.
The U.S. remains the most "stable and secure" country for
investment by a wide margin of more than 50 percentage points
over second-place country Germany. This is the widest margin
The U.S. remains the country providing the best opportunity
for capital appreciation. It also leads the ranking for planned
real estate acquisitions in 2014, with nearly 50 percent of
respondents projecting a modest increase in their U.S. portfolio
size and 20 percent projecting a "major" increase.
"Foreign investors' continued and growing interest in the
U.S. real estate markets reflects fully functioning capital
markets for both debt and equity that provide access to a broad
range of investment opportunities," said the association's
Chairman, Steven Hason, who is also the Managing Director and
Co-Head of Americas Real Estate for APG Asset Management U.S.