China has been a major driver of global investment flows into real estate in recent years. CBRE Research data show that Chinese outbound investment in real estate rose from around US$8 billion in 2013 to just over US$35 billion in 2017.

Following a government clampdown on debt-fueled offshore investment and tighter scrutiny of overseas real estate acquisitions, buying activity slowed significantly in H2 2017 and is expected to weaken further this year as additional restrictions take effect.

This ViewPoint analyses current trends in Chinese outbound investment and explains why CBRE Research believes the recent slowdown signals the start of a new chapter, and not the end of the story.