International Homebuyers Add $6.13 Billion to Texas Economy

International Homebuyers Add $6.13 Billion to Texas Economy

Today, the Texas Association of Realtors released the Texas International Homebuyers Report. Based on data from the National Association of Realtors and the U.S. Census Bureau, the report showed that international homebuyers contributed over $6.13 billion to the Texas economy between March 2012 and March 2013.

Shad Bogany, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, commented, “International home sales are a key component to the Texas real estate industry and our economy. In recent years, we’ve seen increasing interest in international real estate opportunities, both international homebuyers purchasing property here in the U.S. and Americans purchasing property internationally.”

International homebuyers accounted for 6.3 percent of total U.S. home sales between March 2012 and March 2013, totaling $82.5 billion in sales volume. Nine percent, or $6.13 billion, of this figure originated from Texas, making the Lone Star State tied with Arizona for the third-largest state in the U.S. for international home sales.1

According to the report, homeownership rates increase with length of tenure in the U.S., rising from about 25 percent for persons who entered after 2000 to 67 percent among persons who entered before 1990.2 Combined with rising immigration rates (37 percent of immigrants in Texas entered in 2000 or later), these figures indicate that international home sales in Texas are likely to increase significantly over time.

In addition, Texas has the third-largest immigrant population size and six of the top 50 metro areas for immigration in the U.S., accounting for nine percent of all immigrants who migrated to the U.S. and eight percent of all immigrants who became naturalized citizens in 2011.3

Chairman Bogany concluded, “As international home sales continue to grow in Texas, the Texas Association of Realtors has been working with international real estate associations to provide more educational opportunities for our members and more resources for property owners interested in international markets.”

This report comes one year after the Texas Association of Realtors and AMPI, Mexico’s real estate association, signed a historic cross-border partnership agreement to build cooperation and collaboration in real estate throughout the region.

About the Texas International Homebuyers Report

The Texas International Home Buyers Report is based on survey data from the 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity and the 2012 Business Data for Engaging in International Real Estate Transactions in Texas studies by the National Association of Realtors, the 2011 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau and the 2011 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics by the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. The Texas Association of Realtors distributes insights about the Texas housing market each month, including quarterly market statistics, trends among home buyers and sellers, luxury home sales, international trends and more. To view the Texas International Homebuyers Report in its entirety, visit www.TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®

With more than 80,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

12013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, National Association of Realtors
22012 Business Data for Engaging in International Real Estate Transactions in Texas, National Association of Realtors
3US Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey (ACS)
42011 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, Office of Immigration Statistics, Homeland Security