Fifty percent of reported foreign buyers of U.S. residential property transactions were all-cash sales, according to NAR’s recently released 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate.
Non-resident foreign buyers tend to purchase in cash while resident foreign buyers obtain mortgage financing from U.S. sources because they are likely to have a U.S. based credit history and able to provide the mortgage documentation required by U.S. creditors. Seventy-three percent of non-resident foreign buyers made an all-cash purchase compared to 33 percent of resident foreign buyers.
 Non-resident foreigners are non-U.S. citizens with permanent residences outside the United States. These clients typically purchase property as an investment, for vacations, or other visits of less than six months to the United States. Resident foreigners are non-U.S. citizens who are recent immigrants (in the country less than two years at the time of the transaction) or temporary visa holders residing for more than six months in the United States for professional, educational, or other reasons.