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Editor's note: Foreign home buyers are playing a significant role in some U.S. markets, and U.S. buyers are showing a growing interest in international markets. Florida is just one example of growing globalization in the real estate industry. In this three-part series, Inman News examines the habits of international real estate buyers and the close ties between cross-border buyers and luxury markets. (See Part 2 and Part 3.) At Epcot, a 300-acre park at the vast Disney World resort near Orlando, Fla., there are 11 massive pavilions that represent nations around the globe. The Mexico Pavilion resembles an Aztec pyramid, the United Kingdom Pavilion includes a reconstructed English city with a sampling of architecture from several time periods, the Canada Pavilion includes outdoor scenes such as a waterfall and gardens, and the Germany Pavilion features a Biergarten with traditional food. Looking beyond the borders of this sprawling attraction, which drew about 9.9 mill...