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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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U.S. a Magnet for Foreign Real Estate Investment in 2015

January 7, 2015 1:15 am

According to a recently released survey by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), the U.S. housing market will continue to appeal to foreign investors in the coming year. The survey, in its 23rd year, indicated that more than 90 percent of international investor respondents are planning to maintain or increase the size of their U.S. portfolio in 2015.

“As it periodically has been in the past, the United States is currently the target of much of the foreign investment in real estate globally,” said Thomas Arnold, AFIRE. “With a stable and transparent market and an economy that appears to be steadily improving without the fits and starts experienced in other regions, the U.S. has become the first stop for foreign real estate investors.”

By a wide margin, the U.S. was voted the most stable and secure country for investment and capital appreciation. Investors ranked multi-family as their preferred property type.

Two-thirds of survey respondents expect China to become the largest source of inbound capital to the U.S. in 2016 and beyond, with 72 percent expecting investments to be long-term, permanent inflow.

Source: AFIRE

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The Most Popular Green Home Features

January 7, 2015 1:15 am

(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today's housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes. If you're looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future.

Buyers can expect these upgrades to remain popular in 2015:

Tight Construction
– When searching for new construction, the building process is often as important as the features included. Buyers are looking for tight construction, with no drafty holes, cracks or seams.

Low-emissive Windows
– Double-paned windows with low emissivity (low-e) are on most buyer wish lists. Some versions come equipped with advanced window coatings that retain heat during winter and release it during summer, and block UV rays that may discolor carpets and furniture.

All-over Insulation – Homebuyers are seeking extra insulation at home, including the walls, roof and flooring. Properly installed insulation that meets national code requirements will better regulate temperatures at home, so the furnace and air conditioner won’t have to run unnecessarily. The result is lower utility costs across the board and a quieter, more comfortable home.

Atmosphere-controlling Upgrades – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space heating accounts for 41.5 percent of an average household’s energy consumption. To combat this statistic, buyers are looking for efficient heating and cooling systems, such as a heat pump, to reduce their impact environmentally and financially.

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