The recent 15% foreign buyer tax in British Columbia has led Chinese buyers to turn from Vancouver towards nearby Seattle, reports (17 November 2016). Seattle-based Realogics Sotheby's International Realty (RSIR) has noticed a sizeable surge in Chinese buyers with four record closings in the past few weeks. According to Matthew Moore,'s President of the Americas, Seattle is currently ranked the #1 most visited market online. A majority of Chinese buyers cited education as their primary motivator for interest in Seattle, followed by lifestyle, travel opportunities, and investment potential.