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Foreign Investors


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.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

Ranking of U.S. Cities for Real Estate Investment (2019)

  • Orlando, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cleveland, OH


The Best Markets For Real Estate Investments In 2019 (Forbes, Jan. 7, 2019)

Foreign Investment Trends​ in the U.S.

Foreign Investors Will Likely Continue U.S. Buying Spree in 2019 (NREI, Mar. 11, 2019)

Foreign Investors Find Trophy Properties in Unlikely U.S. Cities (Bloomberg, Nov. 19, 2018)

Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate Remains Strong, China and Mexico Top Investors (National Association of REALTORS®, Jun. 27, 2018)

Global Effort to Curb Chinese Investment (REALTOR® Magazine, June 8, 2018)

Chinese Investment in the United States Dropped 36% Last Year (CNN Money, Apr. 10, 2018)

Foreign Buyers Coming to U.S. Are Changing (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 5, 2018)

International Investment in U.S. Real Estate on the Rise (Post and Courier, Jan. 20, 2018)

Investing in Foreign Markets

Can Portugal’s Real Estate Market Meet Foreign Demand? (The Investor, Mar. 5, 2019)

Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Belize Real Estate in 2019 (Real Trends, Mar. 2, 2019)

The Benefits of Owning International Real Estate (Nomad Capitalist, Feb. 28, 2019)

Offshore Investing: Pros and Cons (Investopedia, Feb. 27, 2019)

Useful Websites

Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) (link is external)—Provides information and research on foreign investment trends in real estate.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (link is external)—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 Books and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Global Real Estate Investment Trusts (eBook, Kindle)

Passport to Exotic Real Estate (eBook, Kindle)

How to Invest In Offshore Real Estate and Pay Little or No Taxes (eBook)

International Real Estate Handbook (eBook)

No Going Back - Buying Abroad (eBook)

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