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According to the National Association of Realtors, International Homebuyers purchased $103bn of US real estate from April 2015 through March 2016. Five countries: China, Canada, India, The United Kingdom and Mexico accounted for 51% or $52.8bn. China was the largest buyer for the second year in a row, accounting for 27% or $27.5bn of all foreign home purchases during the survey period.
- Foreign Buyer residential home purchases were up +3% YoY to 214,900 units
- Foreign Buyer dollar volumes were down -1.3% YoY to $102.6B
- Sales Volumes to non-resident foreigners fell -11% YoY to 88.5K
- Dollar Volume of non-resident purchases fell -18.5% YoY to $44B
- 50% of International Buyer residential home purchases were paid in all cash
- Foreign Buyers paid on average 56% more for an Existing Home than Domestic Buyers
Strong Dollar Impact
The U.S. Dollar is up 23% since July 2014 and, while gains have been more muted over the 12 months, currency headwinds continue to pressure purchasing power across key demand countries.
As shown in the chart below, the Strong Dollar has increased the Median Price of US Existing Homes in the local countries of the Top 5 countries anywhere from 10% to 22% YoY.
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