A very happy new year to you, hope it started out well. It certainly did for me and my beloved Sunny Isles real estate and Miami Beach real estate. This is my first newsletter in 2011 and I thought I’d start it on a positive note.
Sales of condos and homes in Sunny Isles Beach
and Miami Beach have been growing since late 2010. We are pleased to see strong demand for luxury oceanfront properties from wealthy buyers, a trend likely to continue in 2011 according to Florida Realtor analysts as well as brokers.
The latest Miami MLS data
indicates that the high-end market had increased dramatically in both activity and closed units. Thus sales of homes for the first nine month of 2010 in the $1 million to $2 million range were up 42% and sales over $2 million were up 78% compared with 2009. That’s a sign everyone believes the market is turning.
Recently a retired Michigan tire company owner purchase a $22,5 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach. That was the town’s ninth 2010 transaction over $10 million, compared with just one such sale in 2009.
“We don’t expect to see a dramatic turn-around”, says economist Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. “At least, the worst is behind us now.”
From a statistical standpoint, 2011 is expected to be a growth year for Florida’s economy. Florida is expected to add about 63,000 new jobs this year. The strongest industries will be healthcare, education, business services and real estate.
Interesting facts about Florida:
· 1,000 People move to Florida each day
· The state population will rise by 140,000 in 2011, compared with 100,000 in 2010
· Florida offers 1,800 miles of costilne
· 1,200 miles of sand beaches
· 12 International airports
· 19 major commercial airports
· 14 deepwater ports
· More than 1,250 golf courses
· Over 370,000 hotel rooms
A more optimistic forecast from Moody’s Economy.com, a national consulting firm, projects that Florida will achieve 3% job growth in 2011- more than any other state. The report says Orlando and Tampa are expected to grow the most at 3.4%. Others project to grow are Jacksonville – 2,6%, Miami at 1.7%, Pensacola at 3.1% and Tallahassee at 2.7%.
Once again, the new construction has picked up on the Gulf Coast, particularly single-family homes in master-planned communities. None of it is speculative building as each home has an owner who will move in at closing. We are also seeing high-end luxury homes taking shape on infill parcels throughout the city – a sign of confidence.
Another sign of health for Florida’s real estate market – today’s buyers are focusing more on using their new house or condo themselves, rather than buying it as an investment or even worst, to flip. The demand for luxury condominiums in Miami are predominantly by foreign buyers who view hosing as shelter rather than a financial investment. Tighter lender requirements will combine to make the market healthier as well.
Florida home prices are now comparable to the preboom years. In August 2010, the median price of a single-family home statewide was $134,000, according to Florida Realtors statistics. In August 2001, the median price was $130,000.
Whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market, we understand the current Miami real estate market conditions and are able to deliver the best deals to our customers.