Building Bridges to China

Chinese companies and individuals are investing tens of billions of dollars in America. Here’s how Hawaii businesses and nonprofits are creating relationships with their Chinese counterparts and working to get a share of those

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Purchases of Hawaii Residential Real Estate by Foreign Buyers

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 January - June 2013 Total Transactions  
Country Amount Amount Amount Amount Amount Amount No Amount
Canada $249,548,452 $165,556,205 $321,424,085 $311,268,172 $214,876,022 $123,155,944 2,009 $1,385,828,880
Japan $99,135,458 $302,463,104 $261,108,970 $293,829,933 $174,641,020 $117,749,956 1,486 $1,248,928,441
Australia $10,878,266 $7,150,200 $23,948,373 $28,307,699 $14,032,099 $10,409,000 100 $94,725,637
Hong Kong $22,591,647 $9,752,000 $15,208,266 $23,733,386 $9,484,900 $9,220,653 80 $89,990,852
Korea $34,512,545 $5,505,400 $7,919,900 $11,379,000 $6,805,000 $1,450,500 76 $67,572,345
China $8,833,899 $4,821,304 $18,434,960 $3,174,700 $9,981,825 $6,900,266 62 $52,146,954
Singapore $2,646,866 $1,047,000 $14,385,720 $14,014,933 $8,643,000 $2,576,266 134 $43,313,785
New Zealand $13,287,600 $1,750,000 $3,838,883 $3,455,000 $6,088,000 $4,189,000 25 $32,608,483
Guam $1,956,100 $3,631,200 $8,122,700 $8,318,800 $4,515,533   31 $26,544,333
Taiwan $5,630,250 $1,412,000 $2,383,300 $3,032,386 $10,768,005 $129,000 31 $23,354,941
Switzerland $4,519,000 $1,255,000 $699,000 $1,426,000 $7,658,266   13 $15,557,266
United Kingdom $3,185,100 $230,000 $6,502,500 $1,641,533 $3,652,933 $125,466 21 $15,337,532
Netherlands $11,500,000 $166,933 $2,650,000   $310,000   5 $14,626,933
England $4,354,342 $8,100,000     $2,140,000   8 $14,594,342
Germany $1,297,133 $1,100,000 $1,120,920 $4,175,533 $455,000 $729,333 30 $8,877,919
Ireland   $220,000 $7,226,250 $460,000     6 $7,906,250
Thailand $603,000   $74,733 $3,632,733 $912,520 $1,622,533 9 $6,845,519
Italy $3,390,000 $1,060,000 $638,000   $1,020,000 $485,000 8 $6,593,000
British Virgin Island     $5,943,000       2 $5,943,000
Philippines $429,266 $515,000 $880,000 $288,866 $3,346,240 $478,000 15 $5,937,372
Lithuania       $5,100,000     2 $5,100,000
*Totals $487,870,440 $519,702,479 $712,448,946 $725,237,240 $487,357,896 $286,341,035 4,256 $3.22 billion

Source: Title Guaranty

*Totals include sales to foreign nationals from 39 other countries; the total of each of those 39 countries was less than $4 million for the five and a half years.

Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet of the full list for all 60 countries, including the number of transactions for each country in each year. Courtesy of Title Guaranty.

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Oct 15, 2013 11:50 am
 Posted by  johnsonwkchoi

Of the 4 items mentioned: the law, EB-5 investments, real estate and education - Hawaii offer NO real advantages to compete with other States going after the Chinese dollar.

Hawaii does appeal to the very rich for our weather, simple life style and disconnected with most part of the world for added comfort and privacy.

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