International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate

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The 2021 Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate presents information regarding REALTOR® transactions with international clients who purchased and sold U.S. residential property during the 12-month period of April 2020–March 2021. The report also provides information on U.S. clients seeking to purchase property abroad.

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The term international or foreign client refers to two types of clients:

  • Non-resident foreigners (Type A): Non-U.S. citizens with permanent residences outside the U.S.
  • Resident foreigners (Type B): Non-U.S. citizens who are recent immigrants (less than two years at the time of the transaction) or non-immigrant visa holders who reside for more than six months in the U.S. for professional, educational, or other reasons.

Highlights

  • $54.4 Billion - Dollar volume of foreign buyer residential purchases during April 2020–March 2021 (2.8% of $1.96 trillion of the dollar volume of existing-home sales)
  • 107,000 - Number of foreign buyer existing-home purchases during April 2020–March 2021 (1.8% of 5.79 million of existing-home sales)
  • 58% - Foreign buyers who reside in the United States (recent immigrants (less than two years at the time of the transaction) or non-immigrant visa holders (Type B)

Top 5 Foreign Buyers

  • Canada (8% of foreign buyers, $4.2 B)
  • Mexico (7% of foreign buyers, $2.9 B)
  • China (6% of foreign buyers, $4.5 B)
  • India (4% of foreign buyers, $3.1 B)
  • United Kingdom (4% of foreign buyers, $2.3 B)

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Top Countries Foreign Buyers Are From

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The greatest number of foreign buyers of U.S. residential real estate April 2020–March 2021 came from Canada, Mexico, China, India and the U.K.

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