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Top 10 U.S. real estate hotspots for international house hunters

Florida is top state, Las Vegas the No. 1 city

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Florida remained the most popular U.S. property search destination among foreign house hunters during the last three months of 2011, according to a quarterly report from real estate technology and marketing company Point2. Point2's International Real Estate Traffic Report, which debuted in December, tracks visits from non-U.S. consumers to listings pages on the company's public-facing property portal, Point2Homes. During the fourth quarter. Point2Homes had an average of 800,000 U.S. listings, and international traffic accounted for 35 percent of traffic to the site. The 10 most popular areas -- nine states plus Puerto Rico -- captured 84.9 percent of the site's international traffic overall, little changed from the third quarter of 2011 and the same period a year ago. "International interest presents a good opportunity for the savvy (real estate) agent. Those who can effectively market to international buyers interested in their city, by better understanding who they are, will b...