This session provides an overview of the many intersections of immigration with residential and commercial real estate transactions, including those involving documented and undocumented immigrants, temporary foreign employees, international students, foreign corporations seeking to open a location in the United States, or considering a complete relocation of company and employees, to residential and commercial property developers seeking alternative, low cost project financing. The session will begin with insight on working with and marketing to immigrant communities in the United States, wealthy foreign visitors, alternative ways of financing for the immigrant buyer, and foreign direct investments into commercial real estate market. This follows with an discussion on the EB-5 Investor Immigrant Visa Program, from selling to the basics of EB-5 financing and why and how real estate professionals can promote it as an attractive source of financing for foreign investors to American real estate project developers. Participants will have a detailed look at the structure of EB-5 investments and learn how developers can make their project EB-5 eligible, from a legal and marketing standpoint, followed by a review of common questions that realtors, investors, and real estate developers encounter when trying to determine whether EB-5 financing and common myths and realities about the EB-5 program and process.
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