Sales of vacation and investment homes in the United States slipped to 30% of all transactions of existing and new homes in 2008, the National Association of Realtors said on Monday.

However, more than four out of 10 investment buyers and more than three in 10 vacation-home buyers paid cash for their properties, with large percentages indicating that portfolio diversification was a factor in their purchase decision, the NAR said in a report.

The market share of homes purchased for investment was 21% last year, unchanged from 2007, while another 9% were vacation homes, compared with a 12% market share in 2007, the NAR said.

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