Saturday, August 09, 2008

Affordable house prices combined with attractive exchange rates have resulted in our Canadian neighbors becoming the largest group of foreign buyers of homes in the United States, followed by buyers from the UK, Mexico, China, India and Germany. Since May 2007, foreign nationals have purchased between 150,000 and 190,000 homes in the United States. The most popular purchase was single-family vacation homes with an average price of $297,400. Florida led the way followed by California, Texas, New York, Washington and Nevada. Four out of Ten foreign buyers paid for their new homes with cash, compared to 7% of domestic buyers. Average stay for international buyers was 2.6 months during the year. 14% of purchases were $750,000 or more. This information is from the 2008 NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity, a survey based on responses from about 4,000 Realtors who serve foreign buyers.

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