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October 21, 2014

8 Countries Where There's a Rush for U.S. Real Estate

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8 Countries Where There's a Rush for U.S. Real Estate

Foreign buyers are being lured to U.S. real estate due to what they perceive as bargain prices, economic stability, and a “safe haven for investors,” 24/7 Wall St. reports. Interest in U.S. real estate from international buyers in 10 countries has soared since 2009 by 95 percent or more. In nine of those countries, the interest has at least doubled, according to data from RealtyTrac.

“The U.S. real estate market is coming off of a rough patch and entering recovery mode,” says Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac’s vice president. “International buyers see it as a great time to jump in and catch the U.S. market on the upswing.”

24/7 Wall St. compiled data from RealtyTrac to find that the following countries are showing the highest increases in interest in purchasing American homes.

  1. United Arab Emirates
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 352.2%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 1.1% (12th highest)
  2. Switzerland
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 269.7%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 2.1% (8th highest)
  3. Hong Kong and China
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 254.2%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 4.1% (4th highest)
  4. France
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 190%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 2.8% (6th highest)
  5. Italy
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 178.4%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 1.9% (10th highest)
  6. United Kingdom
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 153.8%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 12.1% (2nd highest)
  7. Australia
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 121.9%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 11% (3rd highest)
  8. Canada
    Growth in prospective home buyers: 107.7%
    Share of international prospective buyers: 45% (the highest)

Source: “10 Countries Racing to Buy American Homes,” 24/7 Wall Street (April 11, 2014)

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