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The Foreign Born Population: Renters Today, Home Owners Tomorrow

As of 2012, the foreign-born population accounted for about 13 percent of the total U.S. population, up from only about 5 percent in 1960. What are the prospects for homeownership of the foreign born? Data indicate the majority of the foreign-born become homeowners. Foreign-born home ownership is at par with the homeownership rate of native-born U.S. citizens.

The prospects for home ownership of the foreign-born are bright because they are generally well-educated and comparably earn higher incomes.

What this means to REALTORS®: Increasing contact with the foreign-born is becoming more critical given the increasing presence of the foreign-born and their sound prospects for home ownership. Information on the characteristics of the foreign-born is available at

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