Chinese real estate investors overwhelm visa program (5/19/2015)
In exchange for a $500K or $1M real estate investment, international buyers can get an EB-5 visa and green card. In the past two years, Chinese demand has skyrocketed.
Weak Canadian dollar drives vacation-home sales (5/4/2015)
Some underwater Canadians with a recession-era home purchase may now break even thanks to the exchange rate – and long-time owners could turn a hefty profit.
Going global? Take baby steps to get there (4/30/2015)
It takes time to build an international brand – there are few shortcuts. WAV Group founder offers a checklist of need-to-do items for a global expansion.
Strong U.S. dollar encourages int’l home selling (4/21/2015)
Europeans who own a Fla. home face increasing pressure to sell: If they do so while the U.S. dollar remains strong, they get a bigger return on their investment.
Work visas tougher to snag (3/18/2015)
It’s getting harder for international buyers to enter the U.S. if relying on a work visa; 35% were denied last year, a number that has risen for the past four years.
NAR: Asians top U.S., Canada commercial investors (3/13/2015)
36% of U.S. commercial Realtors report an increase in international investment: 47% from Asia, 22.5% Europe, 21% Latin America and 20% Middle East.
Nonprofits urge Treasury to inspect foreign buyers (3/12/2015)
A coalition of 17 nonprofits wants the Treasury Dept. to make the real estate industry verify foreign buyers’ identities and vet them for money-laundering risk.
Canadian bank to clients: Fla. homes still a bargain (3/9/2015)
A Fla. home purchase has grown a bit more expensive thanks to rising real estate values and exchange rates, but it’s still a Canadian’s bargain, according to BMO.
Surge in Chinese investment raises fraud risks (3/2/2015)
Chinese investors seeking U.S. green cards face a risk of fraud under a loosely regulated visa program, according to a report from a federal watchdog.
Easy U.S. visa rules attract more Chinese buyers (2/12/2015)
In Nov., China and the U.S. signed an agreement to eliminate yearly renewals of tourist and business visas; both countries’ citizens can obtain 10-year visas.