The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) has released its latest survey which reveals the tendencies of AFIRE members about global real estate investment choices. AFIRE members are among the largest international institutional real estate investors in the world and have an estimated $2 trillion or more in real estate assets under management globally.

According to the survey, ninety-five percent of the respondents will maintain or increase their investment in the US. New York City is in its seventh year as the number one US city among foreign investors and is in its third year as top global city.

With concerns about the effects of Brexit on investors’ minds, London, which had been ranked either first or second among global cities for the last five years, slipped into third place. In terms of its potential to offer stable and secure real estate investments opportunities, the UK slipped into fifth place.

Among foreign investors, the top five US cities are New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, and San Francisco. The top five global cities are New York, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

For the second year in a row, Berlin ranked among the top five global cities, moving to second from fourth place last year. Germany retained its second-place ranking in terms of providing stable and secure investment opportunities; it ranked third in terms of countries offering the best capital appreciation. In terms of providing an opportunity for capital appreciation, Australia joined the ranks in fifth place. China, Mexico, Brazil, India and Chile were again named as investors’ top five emerging markets, although their order shifted from last year.

Most Stable and Secure Countries for Real Estate Investment;

1-US (#1 last year)
2-Germany (#2 last year)
3-Canada (#4 last year)
4-Australia (#5 last year)
5-UK (#3 last year)

Source: AFIRE