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London top city, US safest country for real estate investment: Survey

Published on Jan 6, 2014 2:36 PM
 
Properties are pictured in London, on Oct 21, 2013. London ranks as the top city for foreign real estate investment opportunity, beating out last year's winner, New York, according to a survey released on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - London ranks as the top city for foreign real estate investment opportunity, beating out last year's winner, New York, according to a survey released on Monday by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.

The survey found that San Francisco was the third favourite city for foreign investors, with Houston and Los Angeles coming in at four and five, respectively.

The US remains the most "stable and secure" country for investment by a wide margin of more than 50 percentage points over second-place country Germany. This is the widest margin since 2006.

The US remains the country providing the best opportunity for capital appreciation. It also leads the ranking for planned real estate acquisitions in 2014, with nearly 50 percent of respondents projecting a modest increase in their US portfolio size and 20 percent projecting a "major" increase.

 
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