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  • Miami is the Most-Searched U.S. City for International Home Buyers

    by | Apr 24, 2016

    Mark Sadek
    2016 Chairman of the Board
    MIAMI Association of Realtors®

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    Miami is the top U.S. destination for foreign home buyers on both Miami’s cultures, all-year sunny weather, improving jobs sector, friendly tax environment and proximity to Latin America are attracting major international consumer interest.

    Three South Florida cities — Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach — ranked among the top -7 U.S. cities for most foreign home searches on, according to data released to the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® last month.

    Metros with the Highest Foreign Search Share on

      Share of foreign searches in 2016 Share of foreign searches in 2016
    1. Miami 14.70% 15.53%
    2. Los Angeles 14.44% 13.32%
    3. Fort Lauderdale 9.92% 11.18%
    4. San Francisco 9.10% 9.35%
    5. Orlando 8.32% 8.97%
    6. Honolulu 8.19% 9.04%
    7.West Palm Beach 7.59% 8.83%
    8. Seattle 6.43% 5.99%
    9. Las Vegas 6.40% 6.99%
    10. New York 6.26% 6.22%

    * data includes October 2015-March 2016

    International home buyers are searching for South Florida in large part because of the region’s unique multilingual, multicultural population. Miami is the most international city in the U.S. About 51.3 percent of Miami residents are foreign born, according to the U.S. Census. Miami’s concentration of foreign-born residents is more than double the national average of 19.4 percent.

    On, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach market ranked as the top market in the world for international consumers searching for U.S. real estate in February 2016.

    South Florida: The No. 1 Market in the U.S. for International Consumers on

    The top-10 markets for overall international real estate demand:

    1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

    2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

    3.Bellingham, WA

    4. Urban Honolulu, HI

    5. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

    6. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

    7. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

    8. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

    9. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

    10. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

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