International real estate shoppers eye Florida
Florida attracted the most attention from international home shoppers who visited the Point2Homes consumer real estate listings portal for information on U.S. real estate in the fourth quarter. The San Diego-based firm released its U.S. International Real Estate Traffic Report for the fourth quarter, which shows Florida ranked first in the nation when it comes to its popularity among international investors. The state attracted 31% of all international traffic to its site, while Arizona came in second, drawing 19.44% of the site's international traffic. The state of Nevada ranked third after seeing its share of foreign-based traffic edge up to 8.61%, compared to 8.22% the previous quarter. As for where the international travelers were coming from, Point2 said Canadian traffic generated the highest number of online visits. About 93% of Canadian visitors scoped out properties in Arizona, while 78% looked at homes in Hawaii and 74% reviewed homes listed in Michigan. The United Kingdom and Mexico ranked second and third, respectively, in terms of international traffic numbers. Write to Kerri Panchuk.