- Violence and other security issues are causing those in Ukraine, Turkey, and the Middle East to look outside of the region for a new home.
- Softer shifts, mostly due to political changes, are driving real estate investment out of the Philippines, Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina.
- Vancouver is expecting a 10 percent drop in real estate sales next year due to a new 15 percent sales tax on foreign buyers.
- High unemployment was a major motivation for young people in Spain to look abroad, and now the same phenomenon is happening with young Greeks.
- The strength of the dollar means many Canadians might be looking to cash out on their vacation homes in the United States. The idea is that they’ll rent for the next few years and come back to buy again when the loonie is more competitive with its southern neighbor.
- One of the best ways to predict which countries are going to contribute most to your pool of foreign buyers is to see where tourists are coming from and take note when airlines add new direct flights from other countries to your area.
- Eco-tourism was a big driver for foreign visitors, but it’s waning. Next up might be “marijuana tourism” for U.S. states that have legalized the drug.
- Blackstone Group is selling a big portion of its investments in hotels and getting back into multifamily. You’ll see more hotel deals in 2017, but due to all the building happening now, an oversupply might lead to a cooling in 2018.
- Foreign investment focus may soon shift from New York and Los Angeles to smaller cities and towns that boast attractive events such as large wine, art, and film festivals.