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foreclosure condos in Miami

As of June 3rd, 2011, the number of foreclosed condos and homes in South Florida year-to-date is 11,551, down from 30,635 at the same time last year, based on the most recent data available from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Please see the graph above which shows foreclosure activity in these three counties.

South Florida real estate

is known for its boom and bust cycles. The current bust cycle, one of the worst in history, seems to have bottomed out and now on it’s way to recovery in a big way, judging by recent statistics. A rise in employment in the state and a great deal of foreign buyers are among the factors playing into what seems to be a quick climb in the desirability and the value of Miami real estate.

Of course, this is not a new phenomenon for Florida real estate. The state’s real estate market has historically gone through cycles such as this, when the value of homes declined and when it became a buyer’s market. The sales of homes have also gone up in much bigger ways than employment has gone down. Compared to 2010 figures, condo sales were up over 130%. The increase has also impacted single family homes, with an over 50% increase in those sales figures over last year.

Miami’s high-end rentals are also booming, led by Miami Beach rentals, which has seen its inventory practically vanish, led by New Yorkers looking to establish residency in South Florida. It seems right now people are establishing residency out of New York City and into South Florida, whether they’re buying or renting. We’re back to 2003 or 2004, where we have pocket listings, and things don’t need to go on the MLS to be rented. The high-end market follows the trend from downtown Miami and Brickell, which had a rental occupancy as high as 85 percent in February, according to the most recent report from the Downtown Development Authority. That was a 31% increase from 2009.

The US is slated for another round of quantitative easing, which will likely drop the value of the dollar further and which may make this market even more attractive to international buyers than it is already. Combined with an increasing rate of visitors and tourists in Miami where every year is a new record, it’s possible that the decline cycle has finally ended.

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In today’s Wall Street Journal I read a great article about International buyers all over the world. The Russians are buying luxury properties in London, Miami, New York, Silicon Valley. The Brazilians are buying condos in Miami and Chinese are buying in California. The biggest players in the residential-real-estate scene today often come from halfway around the world.

If you prefer you can read the article on Wall Street Journal site (the link is below) or here is the full article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703730804576317150261940990.html

This spring, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner paid $100 million for a French chateau-style mansion in Silicon Valley, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a single-family home in the U.S. In January, Ukraine’s Rinat Akhmetov closed on two of London’s most expensive apartments ever for a combined $222.5 million. In Paris, a Gulf princess spent $96.9 million last year for a mansion with an inner courtyard, garden and private chapel on the Left Bank.

Some of the biggest residential real-estate buyers in many cities are emerging from halfway around the globe. In London, one report finds that 65% of buyers in the Miami luxury residences hail from abroad. According to the Miami Association of Realtors, nearly 60% of all sales last year throughout the city were to buyers from foreign countries. About half of the buyers in one new luxury condominium on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue are from overseas.

While foreign purchasers make up about 7% of the U.S. residential real-estate market, their numbers have swelled: According to the National Association of Realtors, 18% of Realtors in the U.S. market reported selling a home to at least one international buyer in 2010, up from 12% in 2009.

The makeup of these buyers is changing, reflecting changes in the global economic scene. Buyers from Russia have returned, and the numbers are growing from Brazil, where the economy grew 7.5% last year. Australians are buying ski homes in Aspen. In Tampa, Fla., Venezuelan buyers are buying heavily discounted beach condos.

One of the biggest factors in many areas is the emergence of the Chinese. As housing costs on China’s mainland skyrocket—raising concerns of a property bubble there—monied buyers are heading abroad, moving into markets that look, in comparison, like a bargain.

In Orange County, California Chinese buyers now account for more than half of his showings in tony Newport Coast, up from a very small handful two or three years ago. Many Chinese buyers seek brand-new homes with more than 10,000 square feet to use either for vacations or as a place for their children to live when they attend college.

Amy Williamson, the vice president of sales for Prodigy Network, which markets condo buildings like Trump Soho Hotel Condominium in New York, visited Shanghai last month, meeting with local brokers and potential buyers there. Beverly Hills-based broker Joyce Rey traveled to Beijing in October, arranging a reception at an art gallery where photographs of homes priced between $10 million and $125 million were displayed around the room like artwork. Tim Swannie, the Valbonne, France, director of Home Hunts, says one of his agents is working with two Chinese clients who are looking for vineyards in the $5 million-to-$10 million range in the Bordeaux region.

In the U.S., many foreign buyers are taking advantage of the relatively weak dollar. In March, Pascale Saliou, a 44-year-old from Brittany, France, paid about $600,000 for studio in a building with a contemporary art-filled lobby in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Ms. Saliou has been visiting the city regularly for more than 20 years and finally decided to buy a New York apartment because of the exchange rate. “We never imagined we could one day do this,” she says.

Not all foreign purchasers are shelling out millions (in the U.S., the median price paid for a home by an overseas buyer was just under $220,000, according to the National Association of Realtors). And not all are traveling thousands of miles. Canadians are the largest group of foreign buyers in the U.S. today, representing about 23% of foreign buyers, up from about 17.6% in 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Global property buyers gravitate to a handful of highly specific locales: In London, Russians and people from the Middle East flock to central Knightsbridge, where blocks of sleek condos offer top-of-the-line amenities. In New York, newer condos packed with contemporary design attract foreign buyers. Here’s a look at some of the top global real-estate markets for foreign buyers.

Last month, Russian composer Igor Krutoy—who has recorded more than 100 songs in Russia and collaborated with many of the country’s music stars—made headlines when he and his wife, Olga, purchased a 6,000-square-foot 12th floor condo at the Plaza for $48 million. It was one of the highest prices ever paid for a condo in New York.

According to Jonathan Miller, CEO of appraisal and consulting firm Miller Samuel, foreign buyers make up 15% to 20% of all home sales in Manhattan. They’re particularly strong buyers of thoroughly renovated or newly built condos priced at several million dollars or more. Pamela Liebman, president and CEO of New York-based brokerage Corcoran Group, says that in the first quarter of this year, nearly 20% of new condo sales at Corcoran went to foreign buyers. One deal under way includes a group of Asian investors who are buying 13 apartments in a building, each priced between $1.5 million and $2.5 million.

Manhattan has long been one of the most popular markets in the world for international buyers. But the makeup of international buyers has shifted. Gone are the investors from Ireland who were snapping up condos amid the economic boom in their homeland, says Mr. Miller. Today, it’s buyers from China and Brazil. In the past 18 months, brokers say Russians—known during the boom years for making large real-estate purchases in opulent trophy buildings—have returned after sitting on the sidelines during the recession.

International buyers tend to gravitate to certain buildings. Luigi Rosabianca, a real-estate lawyer who works with international buyers, says the André Balasz-designed William Beaver House in the Financial District is popular with his Latin American clients. “Certain people are attracted to certain energy and aesthetics,” he says. At the Sheffield, a 582-unit condo building at Columbus Circle where 28% of sold units have gone to overseas buyers, sales staff now print marketing materials in Mandarin, French, Spanish and Italian.

At midtown’s Setai Fifth Avenue Residences, where apartments are priced from $1.2 million to $15 million, about half of the buyers have been from overseas. Giuseppe Rossi, the executive vice president of Bizzi & Partners Development, who is originally from Italy, notes that many Italians have purchased apartments there. “We’re Italian developers so there’s a certain appeal to Italian products and the way we built,” he says. Brazilian buyers have also made several purchases there, including Brazilian soccer star Kaka, who recently bought three apartments in the building which he plans to combine, says Mr. Rossi. (Kaka didn’t respond to requests for comment.)

Giorgio Castro, a 62-year-old Rome-based entrepreneur, says he dreamed of owning a place in Manhattan for decades. Last year, with the euro-dollar exchange rate giving him more than a 40% discount, he finally snagged a $1.3 million one-bedroom condo in a Wall Street building designed by David Rockwell.

“It was a good opportunity to buy something I longed for,” says Mr. Castro. “With the money I spent, I could not have bought something equivalent in Rome.”

The Paris real-estate market is booming, driven in part by the high prices foreigners are willing to pay. In the “Golden Triangle”—the tony area near the Champs-Élysées—apartment prices rose 38% in the last year, according to the Paris Notary Chamber. For Paris apartments costing over $2.8 million (€2 million), three foreigners buy into the market for every one foreign seller, says Charles-Marie Jottras, president of the Daniel Féau network of real-estate agencies.

Mr. Jottras just closed his first deal with a mainland Chinese buyer, an apartment on the luxurious Avenue George V for $14.2 million (€10 million). The six-bedroom apartment, down the street from the Chinese embassy, features a 2,150-square-foot living room. A new influx of Chinese buyers is also looking at the 16th arrondissement near the Trocadéro Place, where stately buildings appeal to foreign buyers. The Brazilian presence is also growing; Jean-Philippe Roux, manager of luxury real-estate agency John Taylor’s new Paris office, says he has nine Brazilians interested in the seventh and eighth arrondissements.

France’s neighbors Italy and Britain account for about a third of the international market. These buyers often seek apartments on the Left Bank, in the Saint-Germain neighborhood, as well as in the more bohemian Marais area because of the central location for train stations.

Russian and Middle Eastern buyers tend to concentrate in the “Golden Triangle,” where there are the most luxurious hotels and boutiques. A 1960s-era building at 12-18 Avenue Montaigne, near the Louis Vuitton and Chanel stores, is a big draw, as is the recently renovated building at number 51-53 on the opposite side of the street.

There are only a handful of mansions in Paris. Mr. Jottras’s record sale happened last year and was for the Hôtel de Bourbon-Condé, a mansion with an inner courtyard, garden and private chapel, in the seventh arrondissement on the Left Bank. For $96.9 million (€68 million), a Gulf princess had a new home.

China’s housing boom spilled over to Hong Kong, where property prices have surpassed previous historic highs and are now some of the highest in the world. According to property agency Savills, Hong Kong’s homes are 52% more expensive than London’s—and 111% more than New York’s.

In April 2011, a 5,636-square-foot condo at 39 Conduit Rd. in the Mid-Levels district sold for $46.4 million (HK$361 million). Local newspaper Ming Pao reported that it was bought by Shi Yuzhu, the Shanghai-based founder of online gaming company Giant Interactive. Forbes magazine reported his net worth at $1.6 billion.

Meanwhile, a house on 11 Headland Rd. in Hong Kong’s Repulse Bay neighborhood recently sold for $84.9 million (HK$660 million). Newspaper Ming Pao reported the buyer as Gao Yanming, chairman of Hebei-based shipping company Hosco Group. Henderson Land, the developer, confirmed the transaction but declined to comment as to the identity of the purchaser.

Mainland Chinese buyers are more concentrated in the new luxury sector of condos priced over $1.5 million (HK$12 million), like the Cullinan in West Kowloon. In this sector, they represented 28.8% of the deals during the last half of 2010. In the ultra-expensive range—$25.7 million (HK$200 million) and above—Joseph Tsang, managing director at Jones Lang Lasalle in Hong Kong, estimates that almost all the transactions involve buyers from China.

Mr. Tsang says Chinese buyers look for luxury finishes, ornate decorations and grand hotel-style lobbies. “They’re into glamour and bling,” he says. “In order to attract the Chinese buyer [from the mainland], you need to put out the most expensive stuff on display.”

In the past, the pricey homes along the southern coast of Hong Kong island were popular among well-heeled expatriate bankers from the U.K., Australia and the U.S. But the influx of Chinese buyers and the resulting spike in prices has even forced some members of this wealthy class out of their traditional stomping grounds.

The city’s largest brokers routinely organize bus tours for interested buyers from mainland China to visit new development sites.

Local brokerage firm Midland Realty recently organized three tours during the May 1 weekend, a public holiday. By the end of the weekend, the agency had 10 deals signed, starting at $643,000 (HK$5 million) for new condos. During a tour earlier this year, the agency says some buyers purchased units for $1.3 million (HK$10 million) on their first visit to Hong Kong.

“If you look at the new apartments [in West Kowloon], over 60% are mainland Chinese buyers, but if you count the lights at night, you won’t see many. It’s sold out, but it’s pitch dark,” Mr. Tsang says.

According to Liam Bailey, head of residential research at real-estate agent Knight Frank, London’s ratio of international to domestic buyers for prime real estate is the highest of any major city in the world. According to his report last month, 64% of buyers of central London homes priced over $8.1 million (£5 million) are foreign—”the highest of any major city, without a doubt”—and probably the highest it’s ever been, Mr. Bailey says.

The number of nationalities represented has also swelled; 61 nationalities purchased homes in London last year, up from 46 in 2009, with Russian, Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern buyers seeing the biggest growth, according to Knight Frank.

For many, the U.K.’s steady political environment and stable economy make London a safe haven for wealth. Sterling’s decline against the dollar—around 20% since 2008—makes property even more enticing. But currency arbitrage and safe-haven status aside, different nationalities are drawn by different aspects.

For U.S. buyers, it’s London’s leafy Hampstead Village, according to Marcus Oliver, associate director at real-estate agent Chesterton Humbert’s Hampstead office. He said 80% of foreign buyers in Hampstead over the past three months have been from the U.S. “Americans are attracted to the quintessentially ‘London village’ feel of Hampstead, with its quaint Victorian houses and the rolling Heath. It matches up with the clichéd impression of London.”

Meanwhile, the status and bright lights of a pad in central Knightsbridge are luring the newly monied Eastern Europeans and Middle Eastern buyers, says Roarie Scarisbrick of HSBC-owned buying agent Property Vision. “Knightsbridge property is the ultimate status symbol for the new settlers of Eastern Europe with their newly amassed fortunes.” Properties like the Knightsbridge, One Hyde Park and the Lancasters, where residents enjoy 24-hour security and amenities ranging from golf simulators to private movie theaters, are attracting some of the world’s wealthiest oligarchs and sheiks.

One such buyer is Ukranian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, who in January closed on two apartments in the Candy Brothers’ new One Hyde Park development in Knightsbridge for a reported $222.5 million (£136.6 million) to combine into a triplex penthouse. Mr. Akhmatov’s press secretary Olena Dovzhenko confirmed the property was purchased as investment through the oligarch’s company, SCM Capital Management.

In neighboring Kensington, with its proximity to museums and coffee shops, the typical buyer is French, Swiss or Italian, says independent search agent Charles McDowell. He recently found a home for 38-year-old Parisian Michelle Dellion, in South Kensington. The five-bedroom townhouse on Mulberry Walk cost $16.3 million (£10 million) and has 5,000 square feet of living space. “We had to be in London for my husband’s job. Kensington is near the Lycée [Français Charles de Gaulle] and the park—with our three children it was the best area for us,” said Ms. Dellion, a stay-at-home mom whose husband works in finance.

Mindful of this tendency to flock together, developers have launched targeted marketing drives. Within the last six months, luxury London developments The Heron, Bramah Chelsea, Wellington House and Neo Bankside have held marketing exhibitions in Singapore and Hong Kong. Last September, Bramah hosted a successful exhibition at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong. “We sold 50 apartments off plan over two weekends,” says sales executive Matt Shenton.

In the Greater Miami area, nearly 60% of all sales last year were to buyers from overseas, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. For sales of newly built condos downtown, like Icon Brickell that figure jumps to 90%, says the group.

Many of the buyers are from Brazil, which experienced an economic growth rate of 7.5% last year. Brazil’s currency, the real, has risen about 40% against the U.S. dollar in the last two years.

Property developer and marketer Fortune International focused heavily on Brazil to sell Jade Ocean, a 50-story building the company is marketing with infinity pools, a private movie theater and a children’s playroom decorated with Philippe Starck furniture. Its two-story penthouse loft apartments sold for between $3.5 million and $10 million. Nearly 85% of Jade Ocean’s sales have gone to overseas buyers.

Fortune’s principal developer Edgardo Defortuna says that last fall, he worked with American Airlines to invite a group of potential buyers and American Airlines contacts to a dinner party at a restaurant in Brasilia. “The Black Eyed Peas were having dinner in the next room,” he says. His company is also encouraging the airline to add new flights from different cities in Brazil to Miami, which American Airlines says is in the works. In an e-mail, an American Airlines spokeswoman said, “it makes business sense to promote Miami not only as a place to visit but a place to live.”

Russian buyers tend to cluster in northern, beachfront areas. Mr. Defortuna says he’s planning a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg to pitch several of his Miami-area buildings. There, he hopes to throw a dinner party with Donald Trump Jr., an executive vice president with the Trump Organization.

Unlike Americans, who tend to look for single-family homes, overseas buyers favor condos. Italians have been drawn to the Capri South Beach, a condo building with downtown views and its own marina, says broker Nelson Gonzalez. The Icon Brickell Condo, a three-tower complex downtown, has a large number of British and Brazilian owners.

Venezuelans are also a growing presence, as are buyers from Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

Henrik Wiingaard-Madsen, a shoe-manufacturing company owner from Denmark, says he got a 30% discount in July for two apartments in the Icon Brickell Tower—$520,000 for a two-bedroom and $840,000 for a three-bedroom—plus a rebate. Icon “had so many units, they were kind of desperate at the time,” he says. “The price was so low compared to the quality.” Mr. Defortuna says his company took over marketing for the complex last June, and that the building “has filled in significantly since then.” So far, about 80% of the units have been sold.


Miami Beach Homes For Sale

Luxury Condos On The Ocean in Sunny Isles Beach

The real estate market in Miami Florida

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.

Condominiums in Miami

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.

Mortgage Rates

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.

Sustained Improvement

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.

Active Months

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.

Commercial Real Estate in Miami

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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Commercial real estate in Miami for sale

Sometimes, when investors see a good deal, everyone benefits. This is exactly what’s going on with the commercial real estate in the Miami area at present and, given current real estate trends, the investors that are driving this beneficial activity are going to see tidy returns for putting their money into the area.

The Stage

After the real estate crash devastated the market in 2007-2008, many areas of the nation were hit hard. Florida was hit very hard though, over the past few years, it has been picking up steam steadily again. Commercial real estate in Miami saw the same hardships and, when consumers stopped spending money, some of the shopping centers in the area fell into disrepair. Prices, of course, dropped and the shopping centers simply couldn’t be sold.

Things Improve

Where some people see a crisis, as the old saying goes, others see an opportunity. Investors are currently taking advantage of the fact that there are several factors making it an excellent time to look into investing in the area.

First, lending is very inexpensive at present. Investors are able to put a lot of capital into an investment and not have to worry about the cost of that lending making profits a long time in coming.

Second, home sales, condo sales and commercial real estate sales are all on the upswing in Florida, and have been for some time. This makes the market very attractive to investors who want to get in on a good deal before it evaporates.

Third, there are plenty of excellent commercial spaces available that only need some improvement. Shopping centers have been very popular with commercial real estate investors. While the condo sales have been picking up and while fewer and fewer houses in Florida are vacant, there are many shopping centers that have fallen in to disrepair. By purchasing these properties, renovating them and renting them out, the investors take advantage of long-term profits.

The Universal Advantage

Location is everything where real estate is concerned. Because these shopping centers improve the viability of any location, there are benefits to those who own real estate in the area. Of course, real estate is not all about investment: it’s about living space. For those who have homes or condos in the area where these new, improved shopping centers are popping up, there is the benefit of having more resources immediately available and, of course, that makes it a better place to live.

New Ways of Funding

Credit is still very tight. For all but the most secure investors, getting funding can be a very tall order. With securities-backed funding and other options, however, it’s possible to get funding very easily and at very desirable terms. It’s also possible to get this sort of funding without having to worry about credit scores. Of course, most commercial investors are out of the league of needing to worry about such things, but this has partially driven the residential real estate market to new places and that means more people are investing in Miami homes and moving into the area, which benefits the commercial investors.

Talking to a Realtor

There are very good realtors in Miami who have been with the market through thick and thin. This means that they’re great sources of information for finding out what kind of investment returns you can expect for buying real estate in the area. These realtors work with commercial and residential properties, so they’re very adept at finding out information that’s relevant to either type of investor. Commercial investors will find them to be very valuable resources.

Is it a Bubble?

For most investors, the word “bubble” used to be a good thing. For those who suffered when the Miami real estate market crashed, it’s a frightening term. Over the past few years, however, the Florida market has seen steady and sustained growth, not the explosive growth associated with bubbles. This means that there is the potential for long-term returns on investments and that investors don’t have to be too worried that they’re putting their money into something that’s going to turn out to be another bubble. These investors are, by and large, aiming for profits that will be coming in for years and they’re going to Florida to seek them out.

Miami Luxury condos

single-family homes and commercial real estate are all shaping up to be good investments in the Florida market. These shopping centers and other investment opportunities will likely be bought up fairly quickly as more investors catch on to what’s happening in this market. If you’re looking for a good place to put your money, this may be the best place of all at present. With investors always on the lookout for good ways to make a profit, more of them are looking at Florida and seeing what the real estate market of the future has to offer in this state.


Several positive articles appeared in Sun Sentinel as well as Miami associations of Realtors:

Sales of Miami condominium

units jumped 134% in January of 2011 compared to January 2010, according to a report from the Miami Association of Realtors. A total of 1,262 condo unit were sold last month, compared to just 540 in January of 2010. The report is based on data from the 25,000 member Miami Association of Realtors and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service. Sales of single-family homes rose 55 percent last month compared to January 2010. “These significant increases in sales for both single-family homes and condominiums reflect the strength of the Miami real estate market,” said Jack Levine, chairman of the board of the Miami Association of Realtors.

Also, there are Fewer vacant new homes in South Florida

Paul Owers reports on February 25, 2011 that the surge in buying existing homes in January did not translate to new home sales, which fell 12.6 percent last month. People aren’t bothering to buy new homes when they can scoop up low-priced foreclosures and short sales.

But here’s a bright spot for home builders: the inventory of finished vacant new homes is declining in many markets across the country. South Florida’s inventory dropped 10 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago, according to Metrostudy. The Palm Beach Gardens research firm considers South Florida to be Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.

Of the 33 markets nationwide that Metrostudy analyzes, 26 saw year-over-year declines in inventory.

“South Florida, like most markets in the country, is seeing a nice reduction,” Metrostudy’s Brad Hunter said. “That’s a necessary thing. That puts less downward pressure on prices.”


Miami Condos for sale

Miami real estate

Miami Condos

have always been popular with those who want to call Florida home. There are also plenty of condominiums, particularly on the ocean in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach that are owned by people who call the area their second home. The inventory for properties at luxury developments such as Jade Ocean, located in Sunny Isle Beach, has been dropping consistently over the past couple of years. As the shocks of 2008 have faded, investors, developers and individuals are all looking to acquire properties in luxury markets and at luxury developments.

The inventory of Miami Beach homes on the market

including luxury and condominium properties, has dropped almost 40 percent in the last two years, according to recent reports. People are buying Miami real estate again, particularly at the high end. Not all of these buyers are bargain shoppers, however. Luxury properties such as those at Jade Ocean Sunny Isles are commanding high prices per square foot, proving that selling real estate has become viable as a way to turn a profit again.

Jade Beach

is situated on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. This makes it a good representation of luxury real estate in the area. Collins Avenue is one of the most desirable places for the affluent, packed with high-end shopping, dining and other diversions. Easy access to the Intercostals waterway and to the ocean make this area even more desirable. Some properties listed at Jade Beach Miami sell for in excess of $800 per square foot. There are even some that command more than $900 per square foot. While this may have seemed like the result of huge demand during the boom days of the real estate market, today it’s simply a testament to the fact that people are willing to pay for luxury properties.

Properties such as Jade Beach Sunny Isles

appeal, of course, to a particular clientele. With the least-expensive units at the property hovering around $600,000, this is obviously not the type of development that appeals to first-time homeowners, unless they’ve done very well for themselves. This property needs to be marketed to the right segment of the population, and that means the luxury market. While FSBO—For Sale By Owner—properties might be common sights in the residential neighborhoods of the US, the luxury neighborhoods and the expectations of the market demand that a realtor be used to sell these properties. In South Florida, realtors have been able to unload a lot of the inventory that built up after the real estate market crash of 2008, and that has been good news for property owners and buyers.

Jade Beach condo

is a recently-built property, like many of the condominium properties in Sunny Isles Beach. The real estate boom brought tremendous development in this area and, today, it is home to some of the most upscale properties in the area. Though South Beach real estate is usually recognized as the most affluent of the real estate markets in the area, Sunny Isles Beach real estate has established itself as the place to be, with many celebrities and international business people calling the area home. With the number of properties for sale in southern Florida having diminished by over 40,000 total since 2008, listings are becoming scarcer and more valuable.

Jade Beach apartments

offer one-, two- and three-bedroom units available for sale as of the last quarter of 2010. These units ranged in price from $600,000 to over $11 million for the property’s 6-bedroom unit, which was also on the market. These unites have actually gone up in price, on the whole, indicating that the luxury market is not suffering, even in an economy that is generally rated as being very down. These luxury properties, however, are not as ubiquitous on the market as they so recently were. Developers have been snatching them up, as have individual property owners, and the numbers of units available at such luxury establishments as Jade Beach is steadily dropping.

With few listings on the market relative to just a couple of years ago, it may be a good time to list your own condominium. With a good realtor, the market is more favorable than it has been in years and sales are no longer difficult to make happen. In fact, the luxury market seems to have vastly improved over the last couple of years!

For the level of Jade Beach real estate

be sure you engage the services of a suitable realtor. Luxury property is its own market and it takes a realtor who has familiarity with it to make a sale. A good realtor will be able to help you take advantage of the diminishing inventory on the market and the increased enthusiasm in the upscale market. With prices increasing, inventory decreasing and the economy seeming to recover, it’s a good time to consider consulting with a realtor about your property.


Commercial real estate in Miami for sale

According to American City Business Journals the commercial real estate markets for office buildings in major metropolitan areas such as New York, Washington and San Francisco have turned the corner – and
South Florida commercial real estate isn’t too far behind.

The industrial markets are recovering.

Retail, while rents are still depressed, dodged a bullet that could have seen more retailers diving into bankruptcy.

And the investment sales activity that started lighting up dreary real estate skies last year will pick up momentum this year.

Those are the sentiments of Cushman & Wakefield President and CEO Glenn Rufrano.

Rufrano, who took the helm of the world’s largest private
commercial real estate services firm last year, made a stop at the firm’s Miami office this week as part of his road trip to Cushman & Wakefield offices worldwide.

I had a chance to talk to him about the state of the commercial real estate market here and abroad.

He was both bullish and practical about where we are in the cycle.

Through the lens of history, Rufrano says the commercial crash of the Great Recession hasn’t been as protracted as the early 1990s downturn, when there was overbuilding, no capital and properties being dumped by the Resolution Trust Corp. for pennies on the dollar.

“The differences this time are dramatic,” he said. “Because of that, I see a lot more transactions happening over the next 24 months.”

He said federal regulators’ leniency and banks’ decision to modify and extend commercial loans, instead of liquidating them, has proven prudent.

It kept them from suffering bigger losses by unloading properties at the market’s lowest point and further depressing values.

As such, commercial values found a floor and, in some asset classes and markets, are already rebounding, he said.

“I hear this phrase ‘extend and pretend’ and I think ‘baloney.’ It was smart,” Rufrano said, referring to the widely used market terminology for the practice of extending and restructuring defaulted or matured loans.

Office leasing activity is also increasing, he said.

Last year, the nation’s major downtown districts saw the first positive office absorption – with 2.2 million more square feet of offices leased than vacated – since 2007, according to Cushman & Wakefield data.

Improved leasing – paired with little new construction – led to a three-tenths of a point dip in the U.S. central business district vacancy rate. The fourth quarter rate was 14.4 percent.

The picture wasn’t quite as bright in downtown Miami, which saw two major towers open last year and a vacancy rate of 20.4 percent.

But give it 24 months and those empty offices will fill Rufrano predicted.

“It is going to take a little more time before it filters down here. The drivers are different,” he said.

But, empty space hasn’t kept Miami’s central business district from having one of the nation’s highest average asking rents, according to Cushman & Wakefield data.

Miami commercial real estate

came in eighth, with fourth quarter asking rates at $35.33 a square foot – up 23 cents from the third quarter. It was eclipsed by asking rents of $35.58 a square foot in downtown West Palm Beach.

Midtown Manhattan was the priciest district, with an average asking rate of $62.46 a square foot, data showed.

On pockets for growth, Rufrano says he is seeing one clear trend: “When you look at the health care business, there is tremendous growth in that business. Medical office buildings are a very good sector.”


Miami Beach Florida properties for sale

The joint luncheon which took place at the W Hotel in Miami Beach last month, was sponsored by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Board of Realtors. It included a panel of leading experts from Banking, Real Estate Developement, Real Estate Sales & a statistical analysts who spoke on the current state of the Real Estate market in Miami and the Beaches.

A very informative, interesting and encouraging conference which discussed the following topics:

*The bottom of the real estate market was last summer 2009.

*Since the bottom , inventory of “for sale properties” went from 11,750 in 2009 to 7,800 in august 2010.

*70% of all sales are purchased all cash.

*More than 50% of buyers are from foreign countries.

*Mortgage rates are at the all-time low and should stay like that for 2011 and maybe even 2012.

*Financing is available, but not easy.

*We have more international buyers in South Florida than anywhere else in the country ,including NYC , Las Vegas & California.

*The panel of speakers all agreed than real estate prices in Miami and the Beaches are at the lowest and we will not be seeing this pricing again in the next 20 years or more…A lot of Opportunities…

*They all agreed on the bright future of the development of Miami.

*They see 2011 being a better year and coming back to a moderately booming market again in 2012.

Click here to see all currently available Miami Beach properties for sale


Penthouses in Miami For Sale

We have released a new version of our Sunny Isles Miami Real Estate website

that is both user-friendly and includes more detailed user features. The website will still be available in English, Russian and Spanish as well as 26 other languages thanks to Google translate tool.

Whether you’re looking for Miami condos or single family waterfront homes

rentals, land and farms, commercial real estate in Miami, or properties that are still in construction, information is just a click away through Sunny Realty‘s property search. A convenient feature in finding these properties is the interactive map of Miami, which pinpoints condos for sale making it easier to search by favorite location.

On the other side of things, if you’re interested in selling a property, our website provides thorough information about Sunny Realty’s marketing program along with market analysis reports.

Look around the website to find such educational tools as Sunny Realty’s blog, up-to-date news and articles on real estate, and listings of schools in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. Also helpful are Sunny Realty’s guides to the fundamentals of Miami foreclosure condos, short-sale fundamentals, and a guide for foreign investors, all found on our new website. Of course, we all know how important access to good food is, and Sunny Realty’s website has a complete list of Miami Beach and South Beach restaurants for you to peruse.

View the website’s charts and complete history for sold condos and homes in order to learn about local market trends. If you have any questions, Sunny Realty has excellent user support and we’re available around the clock, seven days a week via email or phone. We will be available to answer your questions in English, Russian, Spanish, or Dutch.

The sleek, new design of the website, along with its wealth of information, will provide users with an enjoyable experience that is both easy to navigate and educational information for those looking to buy or sell Miami real estate.


Foreclosure condos in Miami

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Oct. 20, 2010 – Bargain buyers have to look harder to find foreclosed homes as bank-owned properties were yanked from the South Florida real estate market during the past three weeks.

Four lenders froze foreclosure homes proceedings several weeks ago

after allegations that paperwork was faulty, or in some cases even fraudulent. Since then, the inventory of distressed homes in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties dropped 19 percent from the end of September.

Court auctions also continue to be down, with 59 percent of scheduled foreclosure sales in Palm Beach County canceled Monday. About 45 percent were pulled from the clerk of court’s online auction on Tuesday. Before the foreclosure freeze, the average auction would have about 30 percent of its sales canceled.

It’s unknown how fast Bank of America, which said Monday that it was restarting its foreclosure proceedings, will be able to get its repossessed homes into circulation, but Realtors and investors say they hope the uncertainty clouding the process clears soon.

Also Tuesday, the White House said that an interagency task force on financial fraud has launched an investigation into the foreclosure process.

“If this turns into a lengthy situation, it could really destabilize the marketplace as discount buyers compete for properties or decide to sit on the sidelines if prices get too high,” said Peter Zalewski, a principal with the Miami-based Condo Vultures.

Zalewski’s numbers show 925 bank-owned homes dropped off the market between Sept. 27 and Monday. It was on Sept. 20 that Ally Financial Inc., previously GMAC, acknowledged it was freezing its foreclosure sales, auctions and evictions to review possibly flawed records. The company said this week it is moving forward with foreclosures as documents are reviewed and, if necessary, corrected.

The reduction of bank-owned homes leaves fewer than 4,000 foreclosures on the market in South Florida, including 1,650 single-family homes and 2,271 condominiums.

“The person I wouldn’t want to be is the listing agent on bank-owned properties because effectively they are going on vacation for the next quarter,” Zalewski said.

Some economists have said a foreclosure delay will pump up the economy by slowing the number of discounted properties going to market, which could even out or bolster home prices.

But investor Don Cameron, who owns a South Florida franchise of We Buy Ugly Houses, disagrees. Cameron buys many of his homes at Palm Beach County’s thrice-weekly foreclosure auctions, carefully researching the condition and history of each property before bidding.

When sales are pulled because of the moratorium, that research is wasted, he said.

Also, Cameron’s business involves rehabilitating homes, which means hiring people for construction jobs. Through the sales of the houses, Realtors make commissions, title companies have business, and taxes get paid.

“It’s all a domino effect and it’s stunting and halting economic recovery here,” Cameron said.

Copyright © 2010 The Palm Beach Post, Fla., Kimberly Miller. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.


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