Foreign investors targeting Detroit

Foreclosed homes in Detroit are selling from $1.00 to $10,000 and foreign buyers are snapping them up, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Real estate agent Michael Shannon recently sold 30 homes in one day to one buyer. A trio of U.K. investors has bought a half-dozen and plans many more. “I thought it would be quite good fun to have a look,” said Darren Veness, an investor from Brighton, England.

Detroit has been hit hard by the economic downturn and currently has one of the lowest home ownership rates in the country. Veness and his colleagues “have considered other U.S. cities,” says the report, “but so far Detroit is it. For them, it’s simple: The homes are cheap and plentiful.”

Anne-Marie Siudzinski

Anne-Marie Siudzinski MS, AWHD, e-Pro®, Green, RSPS, SRES, is a senior information specialist for member support at the National Association of REALTORS®.

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