Despite potential risks such as a depressed housing market, dealing with foreign laws, fluctuating exchange rates, etc., cross-border investment is expected to accelerate as domestic investors seek high returns abroad and foreign investors take advantage of a weakened dollar. The steadily rising influx of capital into U.S. markets and limited supply of product have altered the way the game is played.


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Top U.S. Real Estate Markets for 2020

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
  3. Nashville, Tennessee
  4. Charlotte, North Carolina
  5. Boston
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth
  7. Orlando, Florida
  8. Atlanta
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Seattle

Source: Here are the Nation’s Top Real Estate Markets for 2020 (Housing Wire, Sep. 19, 2019)

Foreign Investment Trends​ in the U.S.

Middle East Investments in US Real Estate Soar During 2019 (Arabian Business, Jan. 23, 2020)

Graham Backs a Bill Friendly to Real-Estate Industry (The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 14, 2020)

Global Property Forecasts and Trends for 2020 (RISMedia House Call, Dec. 4, 2019)

Hot Texas Real Estate Market Brings in Billions from International Buyers (Culture Map Houston, Sep. 26, 2019)

Overseas Investors Unload U.S. Real Estate (The Wall Street Journal, Sep. 3, 2019)

Foreigners are Buying Fewer Homes in Manhattan (Crain’s New York Business, Jul. 18, 2019)

Realtor® Survey Shows Decline in Foreign Investment in U.S. Residential Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, Jul. 17, 2019)

Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, 2019)

Investing in Foreign Markets

China Market Update: Foreign Investors Take Flight from Mainland Stocks on Last day of Stock Connect Before Chinese New Year (Forbes, Jan. 23, 2020)

Brexits and Bubbles: How Investors View Europe’s Shaky Real Estate Market (The Real Deal, Jan. 21, 2020)

How to Invest in Foreign Real Estate with International REITs (The Balance, Jan. 8, 2020)

The Best European Cities to Invest in for 2020 (Forbes, Dec. 19, 2019)

Europe’s Hottest Property Market is Getting Too Hot for Some (Bloomberg, Sep. 18, 2019)

Useful Websites

Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) (link is external)—Provides information and research on foreign investment trends in real estate.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (link is external)—Advocates and promotes international real estate investments. Provides an forum for investors to meet and exchange information through regularly scheduled meetings in the United States and Europe.

eBooks & Other Resources


The following Books and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Global Real Estate Investment Trusts (eBook, Kindle)

Passport to Exotic Real Estate (eBook, Kindle)

How to Invest In Offshore Real Estate and Pay Little or No Taxes (eBook)

International Real Estate Handbook (eBook)

No Going Back - Buying Abroad (eBook)

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