State Economic Data for Engaging in International Real Estate

Foreign residential and commercial buyers are an important niche market for REALTORS®.

According to the 2018 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate, foreign buyers purchased $121 billion of residential property during April 2017—March 2018, or eight percent of the $1.6 trillion of total existing home sales during the same period.

The 2019 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends reported $4.8 billion in commercial transactions with foreign clients in 2018 among REALTORS® typically engaged in commercial transactions of less than $1 million per transaction.

The continued expansion of trade and investment among countries and the accompanying mobility and migration of people opens greater opportunities for transacting with international clients.

These Reports provide state-level economic data that can be used to enhance the knowledge and expertise of those seeking to conduct and assist international real estate transactions with non-U.S. residents and recent immigrants to the United States. The reports contain information on:

  • Population demographics: U.S. born, foreign born, naturalized, and non-U.S. citizen residents
  • Employment, household income, and educational attainment
  • Immigration and naturalization trends
  • Non-immigrant visitors to the state
  • Top export and import trade partners
  • Employment in U.S. affiliates of foreign companies

More data and information on residential, commercial, and global resources can be found at:

Note: Each report is a PDF, roughly 1 MB in size. Viewing and saving these reports requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Reports were created in October 2016.

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