In a recent report that measured the opinions of 424 top real estate executives, most expect market instability through 2010
. 62% of those surveyed believe that it will be until 2010 before the real estate markets begin to stabilize. And 22% believe it will take until 2011 before things get sorted out and back to a somewhat more normal situation. Most (51%) also believe that foreign investors will be the primary ones being most active in the US real estate markets. This is probably due to the double whammy effect of soft real estate prices, generally speaking, across the US combined with the weak dollar value relative to other currencies. So, you end up with a situation with “real estate on sale” – and then add in the dollar being weaker than it has been for a very long time, and its a slam dunk win/win for them to start making moves to acquiring some real estate investments in the United States.