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Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

• https://www.cnbc.com, Diana Olick

The dollar volume of homes purchased by foreign buyers from April 2018 through March 2019 dropped 36% from the previous year, according to the National Association of Realtors. The decline was due to a drop in the number and average price of purchases. Foreigners bought 183,100 properties with a total value of about $77.9 billion, down from 266,800 valued at $121 billion in the previous period.

They paid a median price of $280,600, which is higher than the median for all existing homebuyers ($259,600), but it was down from $290,400 the previous year.

"A confluence of many factors — slower economic growth abroad, tighter capital controls in China, a stronger U.S. dollar and a low inventory of homes for sale — contributed to the pullback of foreign buyers," said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist. "However, the magnitude of the decline is quite striking, implying less confidence in owning a property in the U.S."

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