2 trillion in 2006 revealing that more than 75% of the U.S. households have their homes. One of the factors leading to the growth of real estate during the period was the inflow of capital into the U.S., which assisted in bringing in cheap dollars into the U.S. economy. With the growth of real estates in the U.S., many foreign companies, foreign financial institutions, foreign individuals, equity funds and foreign governments have taken advantages to invest in the U.S. economy. Typically, robust health of commercial and residential real estate is fundamental to the economic growth. One of the fundamental impacts of the inflow of dollars in the U.S. real estate is the downward pressure on the interest rates. With the absence of foreign capital, the interest rates will be four times higher than the current levels, and such increase will put a rise in the mortgage rates, which will result in depressing the homes sales activity as well as depressing the real estate revenue.
Nearly $1 trillion will be exchanged in the transactions by allowing foreign individuals to buy homes in the U.S., and the transactions will create jobs for million of Americans, and the overall results will lead to the hundred of billions of overall economic activity yearly.
Essentially, the housing sector accounts for the 15% of the U.S. annual gross domestic product (GDP). The significant contribution of housing business to the U.S. economy is the low and stable interest rates, and the inflow of capital in the economy has helped in stabilizing the interest rates. Economic theory could be used to support the proposal. The theory demand and supply states that increase in supply over demand leads to the decrease in price. Excess of housing supply over the demand of housing has led to the collapse of housing prices. If the U.S. government could allow foreign individuals to push up the demand of housing, there would be stability in the housing market.
The proposal provides the economic benefits of "Buy a House, Get a Green Card." One of the benefits identified is that there would be inflow of capital into the U.S. economy, which would assist in the creation of jobs for millions of Americans. Although, there are criticisms from some commentators that the proposal may allow fraudulent people to secure the U.S. green cards, however, with proper scrutiny of the applicants, the U.S. government could use the proposal to stabilize the whole economy.
Letter to the Editor
42 Leclaire Avenue,
18 March 2012.
Buy a House, Get a Green Card
I am writing you this letter to bring to your attention on the strategy that the U.S. government could use to address the mortgage crisis, which is the root of the present U.S. financial crisis. I suggest that the U.S. government should pass a bill into law to allow foreign individual to buy a house worth $500,000 and in an exchange, the government should issue a Green Card to the person. I believe that the recommendation will address the present economic crisis. The U.S. is the dream of billion of people around the world. Yearly, between 30 million and 40 million eligible applicants apply for the green card lottery. If the government could allow wealth individuals around the world to buy out the excess housing in the United States, the country would benefit the capital inflow of more than $1 trillion, and the transaction would address the present economic crisis and create million of jobs for Americans.
Evidence has revealed that the fundamental cause of the present financial crisis is the collapse of the housing prices. Presently, there are approximately 2.4 million excess houses in the United States leading to the loss of $945 billion of financial asset. If the government allows foreign wealth individual to buy up the excess housing, the U.S. could reap up to $1 trillion in the transaction. The U.S. government could derive several benefits from this transaction.
First, the transaction would provide jobs for million of Americans. Data from Department of Commerce reveals that U.S. has benefited from the total of $1.7 trillion inflow of foreign capital in the last 10 years and the result has led to the creation of between 5 and 6 million jobs. Since the collapse of housing prices, firms across the countries have embarked on the massive layoff leading to more than 12.8 million people being unemployed. If the government allows foreign individual to buy up the excess houses, the capital inflow would generate million of jobs that would drastically reduce the overall number of unemployed people in the United States.
More importantly, the transaction would lead to the decline of interest rates. Increase in the interest rates is the major cause of the collapse of the housing prices. If the government could allow foreigners to invest in the country real estates, there would be a decline in the interest rates and the transaction would stabilize the housing crisis in the United States.
Based on the benefits that the country would derive from the "Buy a House, Get a Green Card" initiative, I suggest that the letter should be published to the public to enhance greater understanding of the government on the strategy to revive the economy.
A writer of letter has a Master degree in Economics, and has long years of experience as an economic and financial analyst. The author has also submitted several financial and economic articles that focus on the method to address problems in different sectors of the economy. The writer has also provided several investment advices for investors across the United States. The expert advices have assisted several investors across the United States to identify the companies that could increase their wealth.
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