(Updated February 2013)
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. This Field Guide offers information and sources for those considering foreign investment opportunities. (D. Winchester, Information Specialist)
Ranking of U.S. cities for real estate investment (2013)
- New York City, NY
- San Francisco, CA
- Washington, DC
- Houston, TX
- Boston, MA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Chicago, IL
Foreign Investment Trends in the U.S.
The 2012 NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity, (National Association of REALTORS® - Research, 2012).
10 Hot Spots for Global Homebuyers, (Inman, Mar. 2012)
Economy Watch: U.S. Still Number One Among Foreign CRE Investors, (MHN Online, Jan. 2, 2012).
U.S. is top 2012 property investment pick, (Reuters, Jan. 1, 2012).
International Investors Look to U.S. Real Estate, (Reit, Dec. 21, 2011).
Reforms to the Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act Will Spur Investment, Create Jobs and Encourage Economic Growth, (Capital Markets, June 23, 2011).
Foreign Investors Hover Over U.S. Real Estate, But Few Swoop In, (CoStar Group, Sept. 15, 2010).
German firms scour U.S. for deals---commercial property is scooped up at discounted prices as market wobbles, (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28, 2009).
Tax rules for foreign investors in U.S. real property, (Journal of International Taxation, Aug. 2009). Q
Why foreign investment lags in U.S. apartments sector, (National Real Estate Investor, July 2009).
Investing in Foreign Markets
China beats US as top destination for foreign investment, (GlobalPost, Oct. 26, 2012).
Things You Must Know Before Investing in Overseas Real Estate Market, (Real Estate India, July 11, 2011).
India tops real estate investment market list in Asia for 2010, (Indian Realty News, Dec. 15, 2009).
International real estate investment: What investors should know, (NuWire Investors, Mar. 8, 2008).
Investing in foreign real estate goes mainstream, (Kiplinger.com, Dec. 2006).
Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE)—Provides information and research on foreign investment trends in real estate.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 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 ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
How to Invest In Offshore Real Estate and Pay Little or No Taxes (Adobe eReader)
International Real Estate Handbook (Adobe eReader)
No Going Back - Buying Abroad (Adobe eReader)
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