What Chinese Investors can Expect When Purchasing US Real Estate


It’s no surprise that Chinese developers and investors are turning to the U.S. market.  Alongside Canada, China has been the fastest-growing source of international clients for members of the National Association of Realtors, according to the group’s latest Profile of International Buying Activity.

When a Chinese investor wants to buy in the US, it is a smart decision to team up with an American firm, such as The Gratia Group, because the latter have the land, the expertise, or both.  Purchasing land in a foreign country can be a complicated process, but creating a solid partnership can be beneficial to all parties involved.

Even though investments within China can be lucrative, Chinese investors still prefer to buy in the US, because they see the U.S. market as more transparent and mature than the Chinese market.  There is high potential for appreciation, which makes buying investment property in the US  a smart decision for Chinese buyers.

In China, the system doesn’t protect junior partners the way it does in the United States, where everything is spelled out in black and white.  Because of these legal protections, Chinese developers end up getting better peace of mind when purchasing investment property in the US.

As much as Chinese investors hanker after American and other western countries’ real estate, there is a hitch.  According to Chinese law, Chinese nationals are not allowed to take more than $50,000 out of China each year.  Chinese investors who want to take more money out of the country must apply for approvals from the government.

The Gratia Group prides itself on its knowledge on international land and real estate sales.  Call us today at 239-333-2221 to speak with a member of our team!


The Gratia Group Featured Lot Package of the Week- Freshwater Canal Living in South Cape Coral

1027 SW 15TH PL CAPE CORAL FL 33991Investors or home builders looking for Florida land for sale, will love the Gratia Group Featured Property of the Week, a beautiful lot located in South Cape Coral.  This lot, listed for only $10,900 is situated on a freshwater canal and will meet all your boating, fishing and water sport needs!  Located in the highly desirable Southwest Cape Coral, land is beginning to become scarce, this Featured Lot is sure to sell quickly!   1027 SW 15th Place in Cape Coral will make a perfect addition to any investment portfolio or is a beautiful lot to build your Florida dream home.

Own a piece of tropical paradise when you purchase this lot.  Located just minutes from white sand beaches and the Gulf of Mexico, this parcel epitomizes “Florida Living.”  To learn more about this beautiful Cape Coral lot for sale or other lots available throughout Southwest Florida, contact the region’s land sale expert, Gratia Group at (239) 333-2221.

Two Great NE Cape Lots: The Gratia Group Lot Package of the Week

NW14Gratia Group is proud to present a newly listed Featured Lot Package of the Week.  The Featured Package is a wonderful opportunity for investors looking to cash in on a piece of the lucrative NW Cape Coral real estate market.  The two lots are located at:

825 NE 23RD ST CAPE CORAL FL 33909
1708 NE 14TH ST CAPE CORAL FL 33909


Listed at $10,800 & $11,200 respectively, these lots must sell together.  NW Cape Coral freshwater canal lots are hard to come by, so these lots are expected to close quickly.

Come invest in one of the hottest areas of Florida, Lee County.  The region is best known for world-class fishing, beaches and a warm sunny tropical lifestyle.  Cape Coral is a large family oriented community just minutes away from Fort Myers that offers beautiful parks and a wonderful school system.

To learn more about the Gratia Group Featured Lot of the Week contact a member of the Gratia Group Land Sales Team at (239) 333-2221.


Why you Should Invest in Land!

Finding land to invest in isn’t a tough task to complete.  It’s actually quite simple.  You locate a plot of land, negotiate and make an offer, but when working through the land sales process you should employ a great deal of due diligence.

When you decide that purchasing land in Florida for investment purposes id for you, you should begin with an end in mind.  Consider if you want to invest in a residential or a commercial plot of land.  Then, verify the zoning on lot and see if any permits will be required.  Also, check traffic counts and planned road improvements for the area where your lot is located.  You don’t want to be surprised in the future when a six land highway is built next to your lot and the value falls drastically.  Also, keep in mind the cost of water and septic and verify that these utilities are already present.

One of the greatest rules in locating the perfect investment land is to never assume.  A piece of land could be great to the eye with a perfect location (perhaps on the waterfront or a golf course), but you need to ensure that it is suitable to build on.

Talking to local builders and the City Planning Board is a wonderful idea if you are planning on making a land investment purchase.  Both of these groups will be able to give you insight into future development in your area and steer you in the way of possible buyers for your land investment.

There are many advantages to investing in land including:

  • Land is a stable investment with a fixed value
  • Land is safer than stocks and produces higher returns
  • Land is a tangible investment
  • Land creates long term returns
  • As land becomes scarce in an area its value increases
  • Raw land is less expensive than developed land
  • The property taxes and maintenance on raw land is less than developed land

To learn more about making a land investment in sunny Southwest Florida contact a member of the Gratia Group Land Sales Team at (239) 333-2221.


Purchasing Land for Long-Term Investment

Vacant land can be a great alternative investment to other risky investment scenarios such as stocks and bonds.  For investors that purchase land as a long-term investment, buying land in a growing area is as vital as the investment land itself.

Studying the direction of growth of a city or town highlights areas that have become populated over a specific timeframe and where this activity has been focused.  This information is beneficial to landowners and potential land investors for a multitude of reasons.

Successful long-term land investors are picky when it comes to where they purchase real estate for investors.  They study area growth and development closely.  The more developed an area becomes, the more profitable and desirable their property will be.  Highly developed areas attract more interest, whether it is for developing businesses or residential neighborhoods.

Eventually, businesses and neighborhoods will expand throughout the majority of the town center and land for sale will be scarce.  Due to its popular location and scarcity, land that remains vacant throughout the growth of an area will become more valuable than it was in previous years.  This increases potential profit if and when a long-term investor sells creating a potential for high return on their original investment on the land.

To learn more about long term land investing, contact a member of the Gratia Group Land Investment Team at (239) 333-2221.






Gratia Group Featured Home Site of the Week: 1422 Mohawk Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL


The Gratia Group Featured Home Site of the Week is perfect for boat enthusiasts.  This beautiful lot located at 1433 Mohawk Parkway in Cape Coral, FL is located directly on a canal with Gulf of Mexico access.  Save time and money when you purchase this lot as it includes an existing seawall.  Just build your dock and bring your boat!

Listed at only $81,000, this lot is generously priced for the popular southwest area of Cape Coral.  Lots for sale in Cape Coral’s southwest region are becoming increasingly difficult to locate, so this lot is sure to sell fast.  The area is known for its family oriented feel and is located close to the public library, Cape Coral Yacht Club, shopping and nightlife.

To learn more about the Gratia Group Featured Home Site of the Week or any of of other lots for sale contact an expert member of the Gratia Group land sales team at (239) 333-2221.

Gratia Group Featured Lots of the Week- 2 Lots in Highly Desirable Area

Cape Coral, Florida’s expert land sales firm, Gratia Group, has released two new Featured Lots of the Week, located in the highly desirable region of SW Cape Coral.  The Cape Coral land for sale is located at 4930 Agualinda Blvd. and 5216 SW 19th Place Cape Coral, FL 33914.  The land for sale is moments from Cape Harbour, a popular shopping, dining, nightlife and resort village within the community of Cape Coral and the Gulf of Mexico and its many boating, fishing and water sports opportunities.

Being sold separately, both of the Featured Lots of the Week are ready to build.  Close to neighborhood schools and parks and surrounded by beautiful pool and Gulf access homes, these gorgeous lots will make a great addition to an investment portfolio or  beautiful lot to build a home.

There is very little vacant land, especially vacant land for sale, left in this region and prices are quickly rising.  To contact a member of the Gratia Group Sales Team in regards to either property call (239) 333-2221.