Why We’re Watching Chinese Investment in Detroit

Chinese investors’ faith in Detroit will bring lots of opportunities for American construction companies.

Why We’re Watching Chinese Investment in DetroitFor many Americans, it’s hard to imagine Detroit as an attractive place to invest. We’ve seen too many melancholy images of buildings and even entire neighborhoods in this once thriving industrial center slowly collapsing back into nature as locals flee in search of better economic opportunities.

Yet for investors from China, Detroit presents a golden opportunity: the chance to own a piece of the American dream at rock-bottom bargain prices. As one Chinese ad for Detroit real estate put it: “700,000 people, quiet, clean air, no pollution, democracy — what are you waiting for?”

Since Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July of 2013, the Motor City has become the 4th most popular American investment destination for Chinese home buyers. Large investment companies have also been buying real estate in Detroit, snapping up factories, iconic downtown towers, and other commercial properties.

These investors aren’t looking for luxury properties. Instead, they’re focusing on the fixer-uppers. There are popular Chinese real estate websites focusing on abandoned Detroit homes priced at $10,000 or less. While most Americans would run screaming from these kinds of properties, Chinese investors have the capital and the faith in the city required to turn them around.

State and city officials are actively courting Chinese investment in Detroit, making it a cornerstone of their recovery plan for the city. Governor Rick Snyder is lobbying for 50,000 special federal immigration visas to help more Chinese investors come to Detroit in person.

As Chinese efforts to rehabilitate their newly purchased Detroit properties pick up steam, there are going to be opportunities for American businesses. Will your construction firm be ready?

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