When it comes to foreigners looking to plant roots in the United States, Florida is the hot spot.

The Sunshine State is the most popular among foreign home buyers with 31 percent of all home purchases made there coming from foreign residents, according to a study by Credit Sesame, an online credit and loan management firm, that used National Association of Realtors’ data.

Foreign buyers represented $82 billion of the U.S. real estate market in 2010, while in 2009 they represented only $66 billion.

“Housing is more affordable than ever,” said Susan Wachter, professor of real estate and finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. “It’s difficult to get credit now but international investors come with cash.”

Foreign homebuyers, she added, also see the United States as a good investment bet. “In this period of tremendous uncertainly globally, real estate here is a safe haven,” she maintained.

Foreign buyers also purchase higher-priced real estate.

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