Commercial real estate is an approximately USD$26 trillion (RMB 162 Trillion) global industry, The United States has over 25% of the global commercial real estate at almost USD$7 Trillion. (RMB 43.7 Trillion). It has been estimated that in 2014 the United States will experience approximately USD$6-14 Billion (RMB 37.4 -87.4 Billion) of Chinese investment in U.S. real estate, which is considerably more than the USD$996 million (RMB 6.2 Trillion) invested for all of 2011 and 2012 combined.
Entities interested in investing in U.S. real estate are faced with a significant and complex array of state, local and federal regulations that can be challenging even to the most sophisticated and experienced investor. Real estate may be the most highly regulated and taxed asset class in the U.S. and is considerably more regulated and taxed than in China. And investors from China have an additional set of tax and regulatory complexities not faced by U.S. investors.
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