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Region in Top 10 for International Home Buyers

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” has reported that Sarasota county is No. 4 in the country for foreign home-buyers.   In fact, five of the top ten regions for foreign home buyers are in Florida.  They include, “Lakeland-Winter Haven, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Orlando and Miami-Fort Lauderdale. Tampa-St. Petersburg came in at No. 9.”  In Sarasota County 6.5% of homes are bought by someone from overseas.

Here are some figures:

6.7 percent of buyers were foreign in Sarasota County from May 2011 to January 2012, while 6.1 percent were from another country in Manatee County.

13.1 percent of new homes sold in Sarasota were to foreign buyers while 12.3 percent of existing condominium sales in Manatee changed hands to international buyers.

Most intriguing is this:

The percentage of buyers who pay in cash is even higher than domestic buyers, who in 65 percent of transactions handled by Michael Saunders made their purchase without a loan in 2011, she said.

Most of these foreign buyers come from Canada, with the UK coming in second.  The county is seeing a small increase in the number of home buyers from Asia and Latin America.

Foreign-Born Population in Sarasota and Manatee Grew 57% in Last 10 Years

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” recently reported that during the last 10 years, the foreign-born population of Sarasota and Manatee counties increased by 57%.

One source mentioned on the article states,

“I’m pretty sure that when Florida comes out of this recession, it’s going to be a very different place,” according to Brad Edmondson, a demographic consultant who has studied Sarasota County. “Basically, the migration streams are changing, and have been changing for a while,” he adds.

The article points out that the influx of immigrants is not due to any single predominant source.

It states that demographers say this represents an economic development opportunity, because unlike other U.S. communities relying on a dominant industry, Southwest Florida has no single feeder country funneling immigrants to jobs. These new residents are largely coming by choice, and creating change with each arrival.

In Sarasota County, the migration from Mexico since 2000 has been 3,708 people, with South America and Europe virtually tied for second at 2,290 and 2,286, respectively.

Some nationalities have seen relatively dramatic increases.  According to the article, the number of Bangladeshis has increased from 7 to 90.

Sarasota County has also seen significant growth in the number of its French-speaking residents.

Based on Census data, the Haiti-born population tripled in the city over the decade and the France-born population more than doubled. There are now 487 Haitians and 221 French living in the city.

Here is a graphic provided by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that illustrates the new migration patterns.