April 21, 2017
“Though it remains unclear what impact Mr. Trump will ultimately have on foreign investment in the New York City real estate market, what is clear is that foreign investors are carefully parsing his policies and pronouncements.
Their conclusions often differ. While uneasiness about broader changes to American immigration policy under Mr. Trump has some foreigners rushing into real estate investments in the United States, other foreigners see the president’s hard-line immigration rhetoric and tumultuous first months in office as reasons to hold off.
Royce Pinkwater, founder and chief executive of the residential brokerage Pinkwater Select, said while sales this year have been markedly better than last year, she was seeing a lot of confusion in the market. “People are stunned and when people are stunned they avoid commitments,” she said. “Without a doubt Trump has made certain groups of people feel extremely unwelcome.” “