Flipping houses did not resort to 39-year-old businessman, who is launching a technology incubator based in Vancouver to help their Chinese friends born invest in new local enterprises.
"Chinese people I know ... I've already bought enough houses, you really want to buy more," Liu, who was also born in China and co-founder of venture capital firm Ventures Nextplay said. "Now they want to invest in technology or other industries that can give a good return on investment."
Liu represents what real estate agents, lawyers and immigration consultants say it is a transformative change where individuals and wealthy Asian families, mainly from mainland China, putting money in British Columbia, the province of the West Coast.
Vancouver has been a destination for Asian immigrants for decades, helping to make the most expensive housing market in Canada and one consistently rated as less affordable in North America. Houses and luxury condominiums in the Vancouver area have been investment of choice both for newcomers wealthy and investors based in China putting money abroad.
But with the Vancouver market looks expensive, many of these investors are looking for other opportunities. They range from hotels and golf courses aimed at the Chinese berry farms tourists, mineral springs, and wineries that export to Asia.
"The capital days parking in five houses in Vancouver have passed," said Richard Kurland, a local immigration attorney.
While agencies and industry associations contacted by Reuters figures do not include the provincial foreign investment in commercial property, no wireless data supporting anecdotal evidence.
Hotel sales to buyers who have ties with China increased to four in 2014 from one in 2011, according to sales information provided to Reuters by the global hotel consulting firm HVS. And reports of the growing demand for wineries and farms has coincided with a jump of 60% in the value of wine exports to China of British Columbia from 2010 to 2013, and a doubling in the value of exports of agricultural food China in the same period.
The service of the new wave says Chinese investors are also trying to take root and build a local business for their children, British Columbia mild climate and clean air as more desirable increasingly seen that cities with pollution hitting China.
This marks a change from a tradition among many wealthy families who had lived in Canada just enough time to secure citizenship, and to put their children to school, before returning to Asia.
The recent increase in demand for commercial land, resort properties, and even entire villages has coincided with China, Xi Jinping, President of "Operation Fox Hunt," which aims to catch the allegedly corrupt officials who have moved abroad and to seize their assets.
The crackdown on corruption has business people, even legitimate worried about the future and looking to diversify their holdings, say those who serve this community.
"It has to do with the political climate perceived in China," said Alice Chen, managing director of Sky Capital Group, which advises wealthy Chinese in acquisition opportunities.
"The economic and political policies may change at any time, thus affecting their business, so they see Canada as the most stable environment."
HOTELS, wine and water
Recent agreements of the hotel were mostly in the range of $ 15 million to $ 30 million, said Carrie Russell, managing director of HVS Canada. Chinese buyers also intends to purchase expensive luxury hotels, but have not been so successful in winning the bid for those he said.
Chinese groups are also trying to break into property development, the search for land to build condos or large mixed-use projects, said David Goodman, a realtor with commercial headquarters.
These investors are also looking outside Vancouver Coastal agribusiness and tourism opportunities in northern and remote interior of British Columbia, as the ghost town of Bradian, which sold to a group of Chinese investors in December. They plan to turn it into a resort-style Whistler Mini for everything from skiing to snowmobiling and fishing.
Among the most popular investments are wineries that attract buyers seeking a lifestyle business that can be passed to the next generation, said Christa Frosch, an agent with Sotheby 's International Realty Canada.
In 2009 there was only one Chinese-owned winery in British Columbia, Frosch said. But now it is estimated that about 10% of the 230 licensed wineries in the province are owned by people with ties to mainland China.
Property in China has increased in tandem with trade, and now roughly 90% of wine exports go to China province.
Some investors are looking at other luxury export - spring water.
Immigration Alex Liao said he has customers looking to spend at least $ 20 million to buy a well and establish a water bottling plant mountain to export to China, where economic boom has also meant more pollution.
"One of my clients is the export - can not believe it - 200 container loads of mineral water from BC to China every month," Liao said. "There are many people who, right now, are buying wells."
Julie Wei, a residential agent with Macdonald Realty who now helps customers to identify market opportunities, says the desire to buy a Canadian company is motivated in some cases by children who have spent years in Vancouver and do not want to return to China .
That's what happened to Ben Bi, who came to Canada for college and stayed. Backed real estate business of his family in China, Bi has purchased land and is designing a high-end multi-home development.
The project is the first of many of the 34-year-old hopes to address, when you look at change over the family business approach to Canada from China. His parents first resisted the plan, but changed their minds after learning more about Vancouver.
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