Foreign investments in U.S. residential real estate surges in 2017

Fueled by a substantial increase in sales dollar volume from Canadian buyers, foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate skyrocketed to a new high, as transactions grew in each of the top five countries where buyers originated. This is according to an annual survey of residential purchases from international buyers released by the National Association of REALTORS.

NAR’s 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate found that between April 2016 and March 2017, foreign buyers and recent immigrants purchased $153 billion of residential property, a 49-percent jump from 2016. This surpasses 2015 ($103.9 billion) as the new survey high. 

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