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Chinese investment in California real estate

The U.S. real estate market attracts investors from around the world, but some areas demonstrate more interest than others. According to research released in August 2016, China is at the forefront of foreign investors with stakes in U.S. holdings, and its citizens are on track to account for some $218 billion in North American property investment by 2020.

Modern real estate lending

Commercial real estate investors in California may be interested to learn that the banking industry and real estate markets were not always as closely connected as they are today. Real estate loans made up just 25 percent of banking loans in 1955, and today real estate loans make up roughly half of all bank loans. At smaller banks, real estate loans are an even bigger percentage of loan portfolios, making up 75 percent of all banking loans.

Regulators say banks must manage CRE lending risks

Commercial real estate investors have had more access to funding in the past couple of years as banks have increased their lending and loosened their underwriting standards. However, all of this lending could expose banks in California and around the country to more risk, and banking regulators are worried. In July , the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency told banks to do a better job managing their risks in commercial real estate lending.

Pokemon Go may signal the CRE practices of tomorrow

Augmented reality, or AR, that is used in games like Pokemon Go may have an effect in the future on California. Experts say AR could serve direct functions in retail, such as creating storefront displays and targeted ad content in the real world. In the case of Pokemon Go, retailers have already realized benefits by participating in the game's mechanics to entice players to visit their establishments.

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