Economist Commentaries Archive

Florida, California, and Texas: Top Foreign Buyer Destinations, According to 2018 NAR Survey

Foreign buyers purchase property across the United States, but 52 percent of international buyers are still concentrated in five states: Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, and New York, according to NAR’s recently released 2018 Profile of International Activity in U.S....

June 2018 Pending Home Sales

NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that June’s pending home sales pace was up 0.9 percent last month but fell 2.5 percent from a year ago. Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract...

Fastest-Selling Markets in June 2018

Amid strong demand and tight supply, REALTORS® reported that properties that sold in June 2018 were typically on the market for 26 days, faster than one year ago (28 days) and the same time as in May 2018, according...

Chinese Buyers Still #1, According to NAR 2018 International Survey

Chinese buyers remained as the top foreign buyer of U.S. residential property, according to NAR’s recently released 2018 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate. [1],[2] Chinese buyers accounted for 15 percent of foreign buyer purchases during...

Foreign Buyer Residential Purchases Decline to $121 B, According to NAR 2018 International Survey

Foreign buyers purchased $121.0 billion of existing homes from April 2017—March 2018, a 21 percent decline from the past period’s level, according to NAR’s recently released 2018 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate.[1],[2] Foreign buyers accounted...