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Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate

July 6, 2016

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  • Foreign buyers purchased $102.6 billion of residential property from April 2015–March 2016, a decrease from $103.9 billion in the previous 12-month period.
  • Foreign buyers purchased 214,885 residential properties, an approximately three percent increase from 208,947 in the previous 12-month period.
  • Foreign buyers typically purchase more expensive properties.
  • Although foreigners purchased property nationwide, five states accounted for 51 percent of total residential property purchases: Florida (22 percent), California (15 percent), Texas (10 percent), Arizona (four percent), and New York (four percent).

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