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Chinese Property Investment in Sydney Hits a Peak
Brief:China became the third largest source of foreign investment for the Australian real estate sector in the 2012 fiscal year.
John McGrath, chief executive of McGrath Estate Agents, told Bloomberg the Chinese investment drive which Sydney’s property market is currently witnessing hasn’t been seen for a generation.

“I haven’t seen a trend like this in 30 years, in terms of a brand new demographic group entering the Australian market with so much impact as I’ve seen in the last 12 months,” said McGrath in a television interview.

According to McGrath, in some parts of Sydney as many as 80 per cent of homes are being sold to Chinese buyers, spurred by capital growth expectations as well as the practical exigency of housing children who may be studying abroad at universities in Australia.

The latest data from the Foreign Investment Review Board indicates that China became the third largest source of foreign investment for the Australian real estate sector in the 2012 fiscal year behind the US and Singapore, with $4.2 billion in purchases. This volume of transactions marks a staggering 75 per cent leap compared to investment levels just two years ago.

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