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Foreign buyers fuel second-home sales, while U.S. buyers hold back

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Sales of vacation properties fell 30.6 percent in 2007 compared to the prior year, with investment-property purchases down 18.1 percent, according to an Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey report released by the National Association of Realtors. Total sales of new and resale homes used as primary residences, by comparison, dropped 10 percent from 2006 to 2007, survey results revealed. Based on responses from 1,965 second-home buyers, the survey concludes that investment-property purchases accounted for 21 percent of total home sales in 2007, down from 22 percent in 2006; while purchases of vacation properties accounted for 12 percent of all home sales in 2007, down from 14 percent in 2006. The survey was conducted this month and controlled for age and income. Real estate professionals tell Inman News that foreign buyers are taking advantage of lopsided currency values against the U.S. dollar in some market areas and are propping up second-home sales while many U.S. ...