By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on April 26th, 2011
is seeing significant recovery of late and investors, as well as those simply looking for a new place to call home, are back in the market looking to buy. According to the Florida Realtors, there has been significant growth in different sectors of the market.
Miami luxury condominiums are some of the most distinctive features of the Miami real estate market. Popular as second homes and, increasingly, with those who want a luxurious place to call their primary home, these condominiums have been selling very well in recent months. In February, 2011, these properties jumped 29% in sales volume compared to the same month in 2010.
Sunny Isles Beach, in particular, a very popular hub for luxury condominiums. Developments such as Trump Towers, Trump Palace, Trump Royale constructed by the Trump Group and many others constitute some of the most desirable properties in the region. If you’re looking to get into one of these great homes, you’re not alone. This is the third consecutive year that the Miami Realtors have been able to report that the sales of these properties have increased over the previous year, boding well for the future of this real estate sector.
Miami Beach Home sales are also up. In 17 of the state’s metropolitan areas, increases in home sales were reported. There was a 13% increase in the sale of homes and there was an increase of more than 10,000 homes reported over a year ago: 12,164 in February 2010 versus 13,701 in February 2011.
This trend has been statewide and shows that the market is making a steady recovery after the crash. There are other factors that are driving this increase in sales, as well.
The credit score requirements for taking out lending may be much higher than they were a few years ago, but the terms being offered are much more desirable. Interest rates are very low and this has made it apparent to those who can take out the lending that now is a good time to consider buying into the real estate market.
Because both homes and condominiums have been selling better compared to 2010, it’s an indication that the pickup is across the board, from those seeking to live next to the ocean in one of Florida’s famous high-rises to those seeking a simple single-family home in the city. There are fewer vacant homes statewide, as well, indicating that the worst of the real estate woes are past and that the future is looking up.
This improvement in Miami home sales has been seen for the last two years, indicating that it is not a short-term trend. There has also been improvement over the prior month—January, 2011—which indicates that the upward curve has some welcome relief and some improvement that isn’t coming too slowly to be an advantage to homeowners.
The month of April is always one of the most active for Florida realtors. This is the time of year when the snowbirds head home for the summer, but it is also the time of year when many of them decide that they want to buy a new or better property in Florida. With the traditionally slower months of January and February showing increases in sales, realtors are optimistic that the busy season will be better yet and that many more homeowners will be interested in getting new properties and that those who haven’t purchased a home in Miami as of yet will decide that now is the right time to go ahead and do it.
Miami commercial real estate has also been a big seller. Investors are flocking to the area to make purchases and much of their investment activity has been good for the state all around.
Shopping centers in Miami have been particularly popular with these investors. With the economy improving, these are fixing up to be hot properties in the near future. Currently, investors are buying up shopping centers that have become run down over the years and transforming them into destination spots for those who want a bit of retail fun. Because of the very low cost of borrowing money at present, it makes sense for them to be making this move right now.
Finding a good real estate deal has never been an easier proposition in Miami Florida and that, no doubt, is part of what’s driving the increase in sales. If you’ve been hesitating, you’re becoming part of a smaller number of people by the day. Today, the trend is to buy and that trend has been growing for the last couple of years. The current balance between investor interest and affordable investment properties makes it an ideal time to consider making your move and getting back into this historically very hot real estate market, whether you’re buying commercial or residential.
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