In the last two years,foreign investment activity in the US has spiked, according to newdata from CBRE. Since 2010, foreign capital hasacquired $61 billion worth of real estate in US markets withactivity increasing significantly in the last two years. Thanks totwo healthy ports, a large population and growing infrastructure,Los Angeles has captured more foreign capital than any other UScity.

“Los Angeles is a gateway city, with the ports of LA and LongBeach. In addition, this region boasts a tremendous populationbase, which adds to its great appeal,” BarbaraEmmons-Perrier, vice chairman at CBRE, tells“This combination plus its relative value as compared with othergateway regions has made it one of the most desired markets in theU.S. Foreign investors want to be in prime markets that arerecognizable and safe.”

Capital from Asia continues to dominate foreign investment inLos Angeles, however, Canada and Europe are also major players inthe L.A. market. “We see foreign investment increasing as the U.S.continues to be perceived as a safe harbor, given our marketfundamentals are so strong,” says Emmons-Perrier. “This in turn hasattracted capital from all over the world. Asia is still thebiggest player in terms of investments into the region. In additionto money from that part of the world, we also have seen an influxof investments from Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.” L.A.isn't the only city seeing a boost in foreign capital. Western USmarkets sit at the top of the list for foreign buyers. CBRE'sresearch showed that San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and Denverwere among the top markets for foreign investment, as well asDetroit, Miami and Minneapolis.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.