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(Updated April 2017)

China has a growing interest in real estate, both in China and in the United States. Wealthy Chinese buyers are investing in bricks and mortar. In this updated Field Guide, you will find Chinese-language real estate listings, current articles about real estate in China, Chinese buyers in the U.S., books and website. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Information Specialist)

E – EBSCO articles available for NAR members only. Password can be found on the EBSCO Access Information page.

2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate Infographic


Florida remains the most popular destination for international home buyers, while the pool of countries from which buyers come turns more diverse. 

The Profile of International Home Buying Activity presents data gathered from REALTORS® on purchases of U.S. real estate by international clients made during the 12 months from April 2015--March 2016.

Source: 2016 Profile of International Home Buying Activity

Information From the National Association of REALTORS®

Profile of International Home Buying Activity, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2016).

CIPS-Asia/Pacific International Real Estate Course — “The Asia /Pacific & International Real Estate is one of several international courses developed by NAR Global Business and Alliances of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). This course is designed to introduce real estate professionals to the basic skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate international real estate transactions. You must complete 3 of 5 elective courses required to earn the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. . . . One such product is real estate. This course provides information, insights and skills for working with Asian investors seeking overseas properties and for investors from the Americas seeking investments in Asia.”

Chinese Real Estate Buyers in the United States

Chinese buyers grow savvier about US real estate, (The Real Deal, Jan. 2, 2017).

”Gold rush” of Chinese buyers enter Seattle real estate market, (Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, Nov. 17, 2016).

Miami real estate likely to be increasingly attractive to buyers from China, (Miami Herald, Oct. 21, 2016).

This is how the second wave of Chinese real estate buyers are making more money, (HousingWire, Aug. 25, 2016).

Why Chinese investors love U.S. real estate, (Columbia Business School, May 19, 2016).

Crashing Chinese markets could be boon for U.S. real estate, (The Street, Jan. 20, 2016).

Chinese millionaires helped fuel NYC’s ultra-luxury condo boom. Are they now about to make it all go bust?, (New York Magazine, Feb. 24, 2016).

Real Estate in China

China scales up regulation of real estate developers, agents, (National Business Daily, Mar. 30, 2017).

More cities restrict house purchases, (Shanghai Daily, Mar. 29, 2017).

The Chinese real estate bubble is hurting citizens, economist says, (The Real Deal, Mar. 26, 2017).

China seeks stable development in property market, (China Daily, Feb. 24, 2017).

Housing bubble, politics and trouble: problems and policies for China’s real estate market, (China Business Review, Nov. 2016 ). E

China Real Estate Report, (China Real Estate, 2016). E

China to act against gray-market home loans, (Shanghai Daily, Mar. 10, 2016).

No down payment?  Chinese city releases bold new plan to woo homebuyers—then quickly backtracks, (The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 2, 2016).

First-tier cities could see boom in real estate, (, Feb. 25, 2016).

This is why China’s housing market is such a mess, (Fortune, Feb. 10, 2016).

China real estate sector: more cities see new home prices rise in December, but national picture remains mixed, (International Business Times, Jan. 18, 2016).

Websites & Other Resources

Chinese Real Estate Association

Cooperating Associations for China: Global Alliances

China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce (CRECC)

Primary Contact:

Luo Lin

Phone: 86 10 652 89210
Fax: 86 10 652 82307

Rm. 1001-1002, Zhongkun Building #59

GaoliangqiaoXie Street, Haidian District
Beijing 100044


President's Liaison:

Adiran Arriaga, CCIM, CIPS
Phone: 956-682-1111
Fax: 956-682-2222

200 S. 10th Street, Suite 904, Chase Bank Tower

Ambassador Association Contact:

San Francisco Association of REALTORS®
Walter Baczkowski
Phone: 415-431-8500
Fax: 415-553-3968

301 Grove Street
San Francisco
CA, 94102-4497

Chinese Real Estate Websites:

International Property Expo Beijing — "With twenty years of organizing experience, Beijing Jian Hua Four Seasons international exhibitions Co., Ltd. has been recognized as the leading show organizer in Beijing. We are specialized in real estate, financial and investment trade show. Our property show was approved by Beijing Construction Committee. It is the largest and best attended event in the region. Our vision is providing aspiring platform for serious property buyers and investors as well as developers worldwide."

Juwai — Chinese-language real estate listings website.

Century 21 China Real Estate — "IFM Investments Limited (NYSE: CTC), is a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21® brand in China. We primarily focus on China's fast-growing and highly fragmented secondary real estate market, providing company-owned brokerage services, franchise services, mortgage management services, primary services, commercial services and fund management services."

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Chinese Language eBooks

Emerging Market Real Estate (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)

Chinese Business Etiquette and Culture (Kindle and Adobe eBook)

Doing Business in China (Overdrive Digital Audiobook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Emerging Market Real Estate Investment: Investing in China, India, and Brazil, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2010).

Field Guides & More

These Field Guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Foreign Investment Trends in the U.S.

Field Guide to International Referrals

Field Guide to REALTORS® and the Global Marketplace

Field Guide to Working With International Clients

Information Services Blog

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