Thanks to the Internet ‘shrinking the world’ for us, and making it possible for anyone with an online connection to look for anything and everything, to buy, rent or just satisfy their curiosity, it is no surprise that people also search for properties to buy overseas; they may be fantasizing about living in Greece, or dream of returning to their roots in India.
Curious where its users are sniffing around, Trulia.com, one of the Top 20 US Property Portals, has conducted a research on American property hotspots foreign investors are showing interest in possibly buying a property, based on the share of home searches on Trulia.
The company has developed a visually appealing, interactive world map, highlighting the countries where the searches are originating from. When the user scrolls their cursor over a specific country, a window pops up with a list of the top 5 cities or metro areas, where properties are being searched for, e.g.: Properties were searched from New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego and Chicago.
Top International House Hunters
(based on % of Trulia’s international traffic from each location)
Most Popular U.S. Metros
(based on % of Trulia’s international traffic in each city)
|Los Angeles, CA|
|New York, NY-NJ|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL|
|Riverside-San Bernardino, CA|
|San Diego, CA|
|San Francisco, CA|
|Las Vegas, NV|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL|
|Orange County, CA|
|Edison-New Brunswick, NJ|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC|
|El Paso, TX|
Based on share of foreign home searches on Trulia between April 1 – June 30, 2012.