Chinese consumers are following an interesting international trend. Although they are no longer interested in buying American gadgets like the iPhone, the Chinese middle class are investing in US residential real estate.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the Chinese have been the top foreign buyers in both units and dollar volume of residential housing for the past six years. Although they have started off with the pricey properties, Chinese consumers are now buying new, lower price tiers. Interestingly, the Chinese middle class has joined wealthier individuals in purchasing real estate in the United States.
The Chinese middle class are mostly interested in more affordable homes with mortgages.
So why is there a sudden interest in US residential real estate? San Francisco real estate agent Michi Olson says that the Chinese believe it is a sound investment.
“The Chinese people still see the United States as a safe harbor where they can take their assets and park their money not only for their money but also for the future of their children,” Olson said.
RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Laura Barnett also revealed why it is much easier for the Chinese middle class to buy real estate these days.
“It is difficult to get loan approval on foreign buyers unless they put 50 percent or more down on a home, but several lenders specialize in this market now, so it is getting easier,” Barnett said.
Chinese workers with tech jobs are buying more properties in the US.
California is still one of the favorite locations to find real estate for the Chinese. However, as more lenders are now more lenient in other states, they have also started searching in Texas, Florida, and Georgia.
The openings for technology jobs is another factor in the sudden interest in lower-priced homes in the US. As Chinese workers move to the United States, they also keep an eye out for property they can invest in.
It’s certainly an interesting trend that could potentially continue for the next few years.
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Omar, who arrived in the United States in 1995 after leaving war-torn Somalia, was elected to represent the fifth district of Minnesota. Since 1837, head coverings of all sorts were banned on the House floor.
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The groundbreaking referendum has lifted a ban that has been around for 200 years.
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The procedure was first banned in Ireland back in 1861. This means that women who needed to get an abortion had to travel to other locations just to get the potentially life-saving procedure. However, the new referendum allowing the procedure has ended the ban after two centuries.
Women can now ask for an abortion if the pregnancy is life-threatening.
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The forecast for 2019 would place it among the five warmest years on record.
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