Proximity to the home country, the presence of relatives, friends and associates, job and education opportunities, and climate and location appear to be important considerations to prospective buyers. This information is based on the National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, which captures transactions of respondents in the 12 months ended March 2013.
Arizona is one of the major destinations of international clients. About 66 percent of the reported international purchases for property in Arizona were from Canadian buyers.
There is a good chance of having a foreign buyer, whose expectations and needs may differ from those of U.S. buyers. The site http://www.realtor.org/global provides a substantial amount of information that may be of help to REALTORS® not experienced in dealing with international clients.