You’re probably aware that the Chinese government has been manipulating its currency and recently devalued the yuan to make its exports cheaper. Even though Q2 GDP in China was a healthy 7.0%, it’s a bit lower than all Foreign Investorsof 2014’s 7.4% mark and analysts are looking for a number closer to 5.0% for Q3.

The Chinese stock market allows for individual as well as institutional investors but the market doesn’t operate in a similar manner as our exchanges do. Still, as China’s stock markets go, other exchanges react and if the government did indeed step in in order to boost the economy, that has caused investors to pull out of Chinese stocks and more into foreign investments.

Last year, according to the National Association of Realtors, Chinese investors bought $22 billion in U.S. real estate. These assets range from high rise, metropolitan office buildings and coops as well as single family homes. They work closely brokers here in the states that are constantly on the lookout for the possible investments. They act as a Turnkey Real Estate company for Chinese investors abroad. The reason this is of interest for domestic real estate investors is we should be prepared for even more Chinese investment here at home.

When Chinese stocks fall and investors there lose faith in their markets but still want their portfolio to grow, they can do so investing in real estate assets here and they’re buying for the long term, not for a quick “fix and flip” transaction. This could mean a new round of competition for domestic investors as prices of certain properties could be bid up as new players enter the market. Chinese investors want to keep their money working for them and real estate here in the U.S. has been on a steady climb for more than two years now. You may not see this competition directly, but it’s there.