Top of the Props: America surprise second choice for buyers

Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Ivan Radford @themovechannel

America is now the second most popular overseas property destination in the world, according to the latest Top of the Props report from TheMoveChannel.com. After a long-running battle between France and Spain at the top of the chart, the US has unexpectedly turned the two-horse race into a three-way competition, becoming the surprise second favourite for buyers in October.

US replaces France as second most popular destination for overseas property

Photo credit: Tommy Chang

America is now the second most popular overseas property destination in the world, according to the latest Top of the Props report from TheMoveChannel.com.

After a long-running battle between France and Spain at the top of the chart, the US has unexpectedly turned the two-horse race into a three-way competition for top spot. The country rose by two places in the rankings, replacing the traditional runner-up as the surprise second favourite for buyers in October.

America has always been one of the most popular places for foreign real estate investment, alongside France, Italy, Portugal and Turkey. But while Spain remains the country of choice for buyers (receiving 3 per cent more enquiries than the month before), America saw an increase of 1.06 per cent in enquiries last month. 

That number may seem like a small increase, but interest in US property has grown by 3 per cent over the past three months, indicating a consistent appetite from overseas buyers for the country's heavily discounted property market. France had 1.57 per cent fewer enquiries last month, while interest in Portugal also waned, by 2.42 per cent - perhaps a sign that the continuing Euro crisis is sapping interest in continental property markets.

America's ascension was just one of several surprises, as Cyprus and Thailand both jumped several places to enter the Top 10 most popular destinations. Cyprus has been suffering from unemployment and economic woes in the years since the housing boom, but the country is now starting to claw back buyers, as property prices dropped for the sixth quarter in a row last month. New legislation to allow buyers to officially receive property title deeds is also encouraging investment, with many foreign investors already taking advantage of the more transparent system.

The Thai property market has just been hit by major flooding, although high-rise condominium sales are expected to grow as a result. Indeed, overall property transactions in Bangkok actually increased by 1,500 during the second quarter of 2011, according to CB Richard Ellis. But while Thailand and Cyprus made October a month of surprises, the biggest shock remains the US victory over France, as real estate away from the Eurozone continues to demonstrate its pull.

Director Dan Johnson comments: "French real estate has been seen as a safe investment zone in Europe for some time, so America snatching second place is a great achievement. The US market is currently full of foreclosures and repossessed property, with the affordable prices tempting buyers away from the French ski slopes and into the States.

"It's interesting to see Cyprus and Thailand regain their status as former Top 10 property destinations. The flooding may see Thailand's popularity decrease next month, but Cyprus' low prices leave a lot of room for investment as buyers look for familiar markets amid ongoing economic uncertainty."

The full breakdown of the Top 40 is as follows:

 

Overall enquiries for October 2011

Rank

Country

Share

Change

1

Spain

18.01

Non-mover

2

USA

9.27

Up 2

3

France

7.93

Down 1

4

Portugal

6.86

Down 1

5

Italy

6.29

Non-mover

6

Turkey

4.07

Up 1

7

Cyprus

3.65

Up 4

8

Thailand

3.17

Up 7

9

Bulgaria

2.77

Down 3

10

Brazil

2.67

Down 2

11

Greece

2.33

Up 1

12

Malta

2.23

Up 2

13

Barbados

2.02

Up 4

14

Germany

2.02

Down 4

15

Morocco

1.84

Down 6

16

Egypt

1.66

Up 3

17

Cape Verde

1.61

Up 4

18

Poland

1.19

Up 2

19

India

1.01

Down 3

20

Switzerland

1.01

Up 7

21

Hungary

0.96

Up 2

22

Cayman Islands

0.95

Non-mover

23

UAE

0.95

Up 5

24

Croatia

0.8

Down 6

25

Canada

0.8

Down 12

26

Slovenia

0.74

Down 1

27

Mexico

0.68

Up 13

28

Australia

0.49

Down 4

29

St Lucia

0.43

Down 3

30

Jamaica

0.41

Up 1

31

Indonesia

0.38

Down 1

32

Montenegro

0.35

Down 3

33

Malaysia

0.2

Up 8

34

Austria

0.19

Up 2

35

St Vincent and Grenadines

0.19

 

36

Albania

0.18

Down 1

37

Singapore

0.18

 

38

Lithuania

0.16

 

39

Belize

0.15

 

40

Philippines

0.15

Down 1

 

Notes to Editors

Founded in 1999, TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with than 400,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

The website address is http://www.TheMoveChannel.com and the office address is 45 Lafone Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2LX.

Contact Dan Johnson on 0207 952 7650 for further information.


Author - Dan Johnson

The Full Top 40


#

Country

Share

Change

1 Spain 18.01  -
2 USA 9.27  2
3 France 7.93  1
4 Portugal 6.86  1
5 Italy 6.29  -
6 Turkey 4.07  1
7 Cyprus 3.65  4
8 Thailand 3.17  7
9 Bulgaria 2.77  3
10 Brazil 2.67  2
11 Greece 2.33  1
12 Malta 2.23  2
13 Barbados 2.02  4
14 Germany 2.02  4
15 Morocco 1.84  6
16 Egypt 1.66  3
17 Cape Verde 1.61  4
18 Poland 1.19  2
19 India 1.01  3
20 Switzerland 1.01  7

#

Country

Share

Change

21 Hungary 0.96  2
22 Cayman Islands 0.95  -
23 UAE 0.95  5
24 Croatia 0.80  6
25 Canada 0.80  12
26 Slovenia 0.74  1
27 Mexico 0.68  13
28 Australia 0.49  4
29 St Lucia 0.43  3
30 Jamaica 0.41  1
31 Indonesia 0.38  1
32 Montenegro 0.35  3
33 Malaysia 0.20  8
34 Austria 0.19  2
35 St Vincent and Grenadines 0.19  -
36 Albania 0.18  1
37 Singapore 0.18  -
38 Lithuania 0.16  -
39 Belize 0.15  -
40 Philippines 0.15  1

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