By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on February 22nd, 2013
It appears as though the sale of luxury homes in Miami
might once again be on the rise. Last month, a penthouse in The Setai sold for approximately $27 million. Currently, this amount has set a new record for the most amount of money ever paid for a condo in the South Florida region. Neatly situated on the 40th floor of the high rise building, this penthouse suite boasts 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and an overall size of 7,100 square feet. Prior to that there was a sale of $21.5 million dollar condo in the same building back in 2011. The previous record for the amount of money ever paid for a single condo in South Florida was $25 million, which was sold in May of 2012.
Whether or not these signs are indicative of a recovery for the housing market of Miami is going to depend upon who you talk too. At the 2012 Miami International Real Estate Congress event at the Miami Biltmore Hotel, Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, stated that approximately 77% of Miami’s higher end realty firms had worked with international buyers. By comparison, only 27% of high end realty firms, across the United States, have worked with international buyers in the last year.
Miami’s exposure on an international level has been primarily responsible for the increase in growth from foreign buyers. The majority of foreign buyers have come from South America, Russia, Europe and recently sectors like China and India have shown interest from buyers seeking for a safe haven for their cash at the moment.
as well as non-distressed properties is certainly a desirable commodity right now. Available inventory levels have been tight since the summer of 2012. Many residential homeowners are still reluctant to place their homes on the market until they have begun to recover more of their pre-housing crisis values. On the downside, if the value of Miami homes continues to rise at its slow pace, the National Association of Realtors believes that it will be 2017 before these homes return to their pre-crisis levels.
The signs of recovery are there. Between August of 2011 and August of 2012, the median home prices in Broward County rose by 12.5% to an average value of $215,000.00. Is it safe to say that the housing slump is over? It is too early to tell at this point, but if the sale of luxury Miami homes is any indication, buyers are, once again, looking to Miami as a city worth investing in.