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The long-anticipated book launch and grand tour for Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate kicked off on April 19 in New York City at 212 Fifth Avenue. The 300-plus-page hardcover was a collaboration led by Ben Briggs, executive vice president of international business at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has lived in China for more than 11 years. Following the Manhattan grand opening, several of the book’s co-authors toured Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Dallas and Fort Worth. Atlanta and Seattle are still to follow. To read more on, click here.

On April 24, the Dallas-area book launch welcomed over 100 VIP guests to Museum Tower, including U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce members, real estate investors and professionals. The Dallas Business Journal and China Daily covered the event.


About the Book

Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate, published by one of Beijing’s top business publishers, includes chapters entitled: Why Purchase U.S. Real Estate, Important International Tax Issues, Single-Family Investment, Closing the Deal and more. The book highlights markets and submarkets in each of America’s top gateway cities, with commentary written by local real estate CEOs and top brokers that work alongside Briggs. Briggs’ colleague and financial analyst for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Catherine Hu, co-authored the book bringing much depth and wisdom to intricate details, helping to understand various asset classes of U.S. real estate and relay that to the Chinese readers. Top U.S.-China legal experts also helped pen chapters on optimizing tax structures and negotiating joint venture partnerships.

Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide to USA Commercial Real Estate is now available on Amazon.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. For all listings, open houses and more — and to explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas — visit

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Spotlight on Sotheby’s: Ancient Chinese Calligraphy {Video}


Video / Sotheby’s 

Watch a Sotheby’s expert unfurl a classical Chinese scroll and discover the lines and marks that make each scroll unique. This scroll will be offered, among other works of calligraphy and paintings both classic and contemporary, at the Sept. 18 sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York.

Here’s an overview of the sale, via Sotheby’s:

After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.

Offered in the main sale Sept. 18 are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of 86six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.

Classical paintings include “Bamboo and Rock” by Zheng Xie, “Wait for a Boat in Autumn” by Tang Yin, “Figures” by Chen Hongshou, “Portrait of Hanshan” by Luo Pin, “Autumn Scene” by Wu Li, “Flowers” by Li Fangying and “Landscape” by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.  

As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. “The Landscape after Shixi” by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.

Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.

Click here for full details, exhibition times and catalog.

This post appears on the Boots to Beijing blog, a production of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake


Tips on What Chinese House Buyers Like


Are you wondering what your Chinese house buyers are looking for? At the end of the day, no house is perfect and every buyer has individual preferences, but these  are some tips of special requests Realtors often hear when hosting Chinese clients: 

  • Kitchen with full-size Vent-a-Hood
    • Ideally a separate space with strong ventilation needed for aromatic cooking with a wok
  • A guestroom that can be used as the “in-law suite”, preferably on the lower level
  • Good schools, ideally walking distance
  • Good sunlight in winter, good shade in summer
    • Especially for master bedroom
    • Ideally faces south so front door gets sun
  • Other perks, like a koi pond, lots of ‘8’s in the address for good luck, and no ‘4’s which are bad omens.

Can we help you with Chinese clients? Please contact us.