Indian Government Bans Purchase of Foreign Property

The business of buying and selling residential real estate is becoming an increasingly global industry. Many buyers of residential properties are using foreign money to purchase property both in the U.S. and around the world. However, the recent surge in property purchases by international buyers may lead to some unforeseen repercussions.  For example, the Indian government has taken an a series of interesting actions which could affect the global housing market. In recent years, Indian residents have invested heavily in foreign real estate, purchasing rental properties to secure income for their families and relatives or for their own use while visiting the country. Indians have had a such a heavy influence, that in recent years they were among the top five buyers by country of origin in the U.S. Purchasing U.S. homes of an average price of $300,000, with 21% of these purchases made in all cash.  Additionally, Indians were the number one purchasers of property in Dubai.

What prompted such a dramatic decision by the Indian government? The answer is quite simple, keep the money in the country. In an effort to balance the strength of the Indian rupee against foreign currencies, the Indian government aims to increase the local exchange of currency, rather than seeing funds generated in India spent outside of the country. With such a large percentage of foreign buyers eliminated by the new law, housing markets around the world may feel the effects, in the form of decreased home sales.

This new global development could quite possibly have major repercussions for real estate markets around the world. For more information, please click here to view an article posted on World Property Channel.

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