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(Updated March 2015)

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)

International Real Estate Sales

China Sales

Read more about the 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity.

Information from the National Association of REALTORS®

Cross Border Demand and Investment  & Shifting Office Space Demand, (National Association of REALTORS®, Canadian Real Estate Association, IREM, CCIM,  2015). “International investment in commercial real estate is dominated by Asian interests in both Canada and the U.S., according to a new survey from the Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies at REALTOR® University and the National Association of REALTORS®.” (Source: Asian Investors Lead International Commercial Investment in U.S. and Canada, says NAR Survey)

Profile of International Home Buying Activity, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2014).

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

The lure of the Gold Coast, (The New York Times, Feb. 6, 2015).

Seattle sees a surge in Chinese real estate buyers, (China Daily, Jan. 5, 2015).

Why Chinese millionaires are investing in Chicago, (Chicago Magazine, Dec. 22, 2014).

Chinese homebuyers are flocking to these U.S. states, (CNN Money, July 23, 2014).

The Chinese are coming, and they’d like to buy your house, (The Washington Post, July 15, 2014).

Chinese cash-bearing buyers drive U.S. foreign sales jump, (Bloomberg, July 9, 2014).

Real Estate in China

China’s real property problem, (Bloomberg View, Feb. 28, 2015).

China gives up on housing bubble, (Forbes, Dec. 27, 2014).

China’s housing market continues to cool in 2015, ghost cities to endure, (World Property Channel, Feb. 19, 2015).

Average home prices in China continue to fall, (The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2015).

Rumblings in China’s real estate market, (The Diplomats, Jan. 16, 2015).

China’s housing resists efforts to spur market, (The New York Times, Dec. 18, 2014).

China challenged by deepening property slump, (The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 19, 2014).

Websites & Other Resources

Chinese Real Estate Association

Chinese Cooperating Real Estate Association 

Primary Contact:

Email: crea@263.cn
Phone: 86 10 6816 1084
Fax: 86 10 6833 3959

No.8 Building, Cui Wei Nan Li
Beijing 100036


President's Liaison:

Adiran Arriaga, CCIM, CIPS
Email: adrian@aaare.com
Phone: 956-682-1111
Fax: 956-682-2222

200 S. 10th Street, Suite 904, Chase Bank Tower
TX 78491

Ambassador Association Contact:

San Francisco Association of REALTORS®
Walter Baczkowski
Email: walt@sfrealtors.com
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).

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