Foreign real estate brought $12.3 billion to Florida in last year

by | Dec 6, 2021

Foreign real estate investors brought upwards of $12 billion to the Florida economy in the last year, totaling 22,500 existing homes purchased at a medium cost of $347,300, a recent real estate study shows.

Conducted by Florida Realtors, the study indicates a 30 percent rise in statewide housing and condo markets among foreign investors despite the nationwide economic contraction from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within Florida, low mortgage rates and sustained job growth have boosted home sales and home prices. Demand has outpaced supply, leading to stronger price appreciation and buyer competition among international buyers.

The Miami metropolitan area, including West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, accounted for over 50 percent of properties purchased, followed by the Orlando region (10%), Tampa (8%), Cape Coral-Ft. Myers (5%), and Sarasota (4%).

Forty-three percent of Florida’s foreign buyers purchased in a central city or urban area, an increase from 34 percent in the prior 12-month period. The increase can be explained by the higher share of buyers from Latin America, who tend to purchase properties in the Miami metro area. Nationally, 28 percent of all U.S. foreign buyers purchased property in a central city/urban area.

Latin American and Caribbean individuals comprised the largest point of origin for Florida’s international buyers at 46 percent, trailed by Canadians (18%), Europeans (15%), Asia and Oceania (7%), and Africans (1%). The top countries were Canada (18%), Colombia (9%), Argentina (7%), Brazil (6%), and Venezuela (5%).

Foreign investment stemming from the United Kingdom has plummeted over the past 13 years, with the share of foreign purchases in Florida falling from 21 percent, over a fifth of all bought homes in 2008, to just 3 percent in 2021.

Florida holds the largest portion of foreign real estate clients in the country at 22 percent, followed by California and New York.

Nearly three-quarters of buyers evaluated in the study claimed that their newly purchased residence would be used solely for vacationing purposes, with almost 70 percent of this group buying in cash.

Florida’s jolt of real estate investment comes on the back of strong tourism numbers following the height of the COVID-19, as Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced that Florida’s visitation from July to September exceeded that of that same period in 2019, welcoming 32.5 million travelers.


  1. Concern Citizen

    This is ridiculously to high. Most of these newly purchased properties are for rent, not for vacation purposes! Florida Governor is behind this spick. He credit himself for boosting the economy at the expensive of long time residents. While at the same time ignoring the numbers of homelessness being created. Same on him! This is designed to make is political party look good outwardly, to encourage foreign investors. We’ve long known California & New York housing has always been more expensive than most cities in America. In my opinion the White House should step in, and impose restrictions on how much investor can charge for rent, as it is price gouging in an already weaken economy. If not, Florida will end up like LA tent city, which is riddled with crime! Instead of being a great city, Florida will become a war zone over time legislators are ignoring this, in exchange for profits. Please past these concerns along to Florida legislator’s and the President! Thanks for listening.

    • Richard Schmidt

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      Mr. Richard Schmidt
      100% property owner

    • Anonymous

      You are so out of touch with reality!! Blaming investors for homelessness is NOT is an addiction/affordable housing problem. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT an investor issue. Subsidized and affordable housing can ONLY be built with your tax dollars! That is what the government should focus on and NOT hurting investors and the economy!!

    • Anonymous

      Stop blaming investors for all the social issues!! Wake up! Your disdain and jealousy for the wealthy is showing. Investment IS the backbone of a strong economy. Homelessness is 99% due to an addiction issue & NOT investments in housing. People who pay high rent CAN afford high rent. People who stay at Airbnbs CAN afford to stay at Airbnbs. They spend money wherever they go and keep the lights on everywhere they go. They spend money at the shops and keep people’s businesses afloat! They ARE the drivers of the economy. Affordable housing is paid through tax dollars; not investment dollars. It is a sinkhole. It drains money rather than create it. Your wokeness has no clue as to how basic math and economics work. You need to go back to basics; maybe take a course. The government already has too much control over all of us. We need less of that!!

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