Foreign investors have been investing in the US real estate market quite heavily recently thanks to the excellent deals they can get from buying real estate in a declining market. With the real estate industry starting to recover slowly but surely all over the US, these investors will be seeing their investments paying off in the near future.
If you are a foreign investor in the United States, you need to realize though that the profit you make from all real property investments in the country are taxed under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). So make sure that you ask your accountant about this before you run into trouble with the US law.
Note too that taxation rules for U.S. real property interests (USRPIs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs) vary. So try to understand the differences to be able to make better decisions when it comes to your real estate investments, and even investments in stocks and financial derivatives.