New research has revealed the top destinations for US home buyers. If you are a savvy property investor, the most popular countries probably will not surprise you; if you are just starting out on your international home-buying journey, take note of these locations: more buyers will eventually mean higher prices, so you'll want to act sooner rather than later.
Figuring out how to buy a house is also about knowing where to buy a house, and these top destinations have a lot going for them, as confirmed by experienced real estate experts.
The study (opens in new tab) conducted by the international real estate search portal Point2 analyzed Google searches for homes over the past year. The top spot is confidently held by Mexico, beloved by Americans for generations and still immensely popular.
According to the Financial Times, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, two of the best places to buy a vacation home in Mexico, 'have seen huge levels of residential development, largely fuelled by droves of expats from the US and Canada.'
The fact is that Mexico remains an affordable destination to buy a home – a luxurious three-bedroom condo can be bought for under $500,000.
The pandemic without a doubt has fueled the fire of Americans' appetite for homes in Mexico. The climate, the beaches, and the proximity to the US all play a part.
Canada is an interesting one – it was only number seven in 2015, but has climbed steadily to the second spot, and has held this position since 2018. The most sought-after locations? Vancouver and Toronto – the two major Canadian cities that have been favorites with foreign investors for many years. According to some estimates, over 50 per cent of homes in Toronto are internationally owned.
Jane Londerville, a real estate professor at the University of Guelph in Southern Ontario, has explained (opens in new tab) that the popularity of Canada is due to its image as 'a very safe, calm economy', safe for investing.
3. Costa Rica
Costa Rica has overtaken Puerto Rico – Americans now search for Costa Rican homes 46,610 times every month. It's not really surprising given the increasing prominence of this tropical country as a place with good governance, unspoiled natural beauty, and leadership on climate change action.
What's even better is the fact that Americans have the same rights as Costa Ricans when it comes to home ownership. And – Costa Rica is actively building condos, including in popular locations such as Tamarindo and Jaco. While Costa Rica is quite a bit further away from the US than Mexico, it will appeal to buyers who want a home in a more tranquil and pristine location.
Anna Cottrell is now a freelance writer, having previously been a Content Editor for Future's homes titles. She has a background in academic research and is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. She writes about interior design, property, and gardening. On H&G, she specialized in writing about property – buying, selling, renting, mortgages – sustainability and eco issues.
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