Marks Paneth Real Estate Survey Indicates that Demand by Foreign Investors May Increase in 2017

March 28, 2017

New York, NY (March 28, 2017) – Sixty five percent of real estate professionals surveyed for Marks Paneth’s most recent Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor expect demand by foreign investors to increase in 2017.

Of the more than $19 billion spent on commercial real estate in the United States in the 12 months prior to Q1 2016, a disproportionate amount was spent in New York City.

“About a quarter of all the capital invested in New York City commercial real estate comes from foreign buyers, often in the form of institutional investors, such as pension funds,” says William Jennings, Partner-in-Charge of Marks Paneth’s Real Estate Group. “In New York City, Asia and the Middle East dominate the commercial real estate market.”

For the seventh consecutive year, the Association for Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) has ranked New York City the leading destination in the US for foreign investment. Sixty four percent of foreign investors surveyed by the organization say that they plan to increase investment in US real estate. Thirty one percent said that they will maintain their level of investment. Multifamily residential properties are the most favored asset class, according to foreign investors surveyed.


The results reported here are based on completed self-administered questionnaires using two data collection methods —online and in-person intercept interviews. Surveys were fielded in December, 2016.

Marks Paneth staff supervised the intercept interviews and email deployments for online surveys. Galloway Research hosted the online data collection site and tabulated paper questionnaires. Business Research Solutions managed the research project, analyzed the data and reported findings.

The survey was completed by 116 New York City-based commercial real estate professionals, including legal counsel, bankers and lenders, financial leaders, hedge-fund managers, brokers and agents, developers, property managers and property owners.

For more information, please contact John McKenna of ICR, Inc. at 203.682.8252 or The full survey results can be found here.


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