Real Estate Equity Funds Are Finding Greater Profits from High Risk Investments

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on June 27th, 2013

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Investors in private equity funds tend to take on riskier real estate opportunities such as office buildings with high vacancy rates, or distressed properties that are often strapped with huge debt. The private equity fund might be invested in a high priced new construction project that can only be completed with well-healed purchasers that can hang in there long enough to create a profit.

The sophisticated investor is always on the lookout for anyway to maximize their diversified portfolio. They are eagerly seeking any type of option that can generate solid profits. In their effort to achieve a well-balanced portfolio, they will often turn to private equity funds. This is because these funds do not usually subject themselves to a traditional stock or bond market volatility.

It is the premise of the investor to select a private equity fund because of the potential for an attractive return. Some investors trust the experience of well-managed fund professionals that often subscribe to proven investment strategies.

There are a large number of individual investors that have experienced success with private equity Miami real estate investments. Since the downturn in the real estate markets, back in 2007, many private equity fund investors have waited patiently, for the market to reverse. With the increased sales in many communities across the nation, especially Southeast Florida, the time seems right for many investors to locate their next project.

Leveraging and Cash Flow

Typically, a private equity group will use debt leverage as a way to automatically increase the investment return on their capital. Usually, the amount of leverage that is applied is typically determined by the generated profit results the debt can provide. Sometimes great effort needs to be applied by the private equity fund group to turn a project around to create cash flow.


Many private equity fund programs are designed as a way to create profits, and not run a business. The group tends to generate their income from significant cash flow because they acquired a real estate property, along with any money that will be generated when selling it. It is the exiting from the project that is the mechanism used to the group to monetize their equity.

Usually, a private equity fund group will seek out a quality project that can produce the best “liquidity event.” This might mean that the group purchases an office building that has yet to be completed, or has high vacancy rates, and turns the scenario around. Once the building is complete, or the occupancy rate is increased, they can liquidate the property and take their profit.

Not all fund investment opportunities work this way. Overall, private equity funds tend to liquidate their assets less often than other trading instruments including hedge funds. Because of that, investors often struggle to determine the current value of all of their assets pertaining to the private equity fund held in their portfolio, versus all of their other assets of other trading instruments.

June 2013 Turned Out To Be One Of The Busiest Months For Miami Real Estate Market

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on June 23rd, 2013

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June turned out to be one the busiest months for Miami real estate market. From sales of celebrities homes to latest Miami pre-construction projects, to commercial real estate deals, the Magic City’s fame as an international business and hospitality center continues to draw foreign cash buyers and baby boomers to more expensive luxury Miami real estate rather than to cheaper Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Here are some of the exciting news which took place in Miami in June 2013:

Al Capone’s former Palm Island mansion sold for $7.43 million

The house, at 93 Palm Island, is said to be where Capone allegedly planned the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and died of syphilis years later. The estate, which the gangster reportedly purchased for $40,000 in 1928, boasts a private beach area on 100 feet of Biscayne Bay frontage, a spacious swimming pool and cabana area and multiple balconies.

Singer Billy Joel has sold his Miami Beach home for $13.75 million

This was all-cash deal, $1 million off its listed price. The Mediterranean-style mansion at 82 La Gorce Circle was built in 2004 and boasts 8,881 square feet of living space, including seven bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms, a wine cellar and expansive outdoor kitchen. TMZ reported the buyer as Diego Della Valle, owner of Tod’s and a majority shareholder in Saks Fifth Avenue worth a reported $1.55 billion. A spokesperson for One Sotheby’s was unable to confirm. We are excited to report this was ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s listing.

Introducing Baltus House – the latest Related Group pre-construction project in Miami!

Baltus House will be built within the next two years on Biscayne Blvd and 43st Street in the most trendiest Midtown Miami area. With prices starting at just $230K it offers spacious modern design, great amenities and most beautiful water views.

Jade Signature Sunny Isles

is one of the most anticipated projects in Miami and many investors and end users can’t wait for it to be built. The new 57-story technological wonder will be rising in the heart of Sunny Isles Beach, one of the most sought after residential areas on the ocean. Take a look at the sneak peak video below to see why it is so popular and desirable:

Oceana Key Biscayne project is more than 90-percent sold-out while still in pre-construction phase. It is being developed by the first U.S. development of Argentine real estate mogul and art collector Eduardo Costantini, leaving only 1 penthouse and 6 villas on the market 10 months after sales opened.

Miami commercial real estate

has always been one of the most desirable assets for investors, especially on Lincoln Road. This month Terranova Corp. and Acadia Realty Trust obtained a $84 million loan from Bank of America for a trio of retail buildings on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Daily Business Review reported. Terranova and Acadia purchased the buildings at 719, 801 and 826 Lincoln Road for $139 million dollars.

Commercial Real Estate Values are Going Up In Miami

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on June 22nd, 2012

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The recession has had a major impact on many different parts of the economy, and the Miami real estate market has definitely felt this. However, in the recent weeks, the commercial real estate market in Miami has managed to get above the recession and start making an upward swing that is most definitely good news. Not only is commercial real estate value improving, but it is actually improving in all areas. This is news that is certainly worth noticing, and the National Association of Realtors has indicated that there is more to note. The commercial real estate market has recovered in almost all ways. Additionally, some markets are not just recovering, but they are also growing. One such market is the apartment rental area of commercial real estate. A recent survey that is completed by the National Association of Realtors on a quarterly basis showed that these findings for the commercial market are definitely true.

The National Association of Realtors chief economist, Lawrence Yun has indicated more about the Miami commercial real estate market and its growth. Yun stated that because more jobs are being created in the American economy, this has lead to a growth in the commercial real estate market. As consumers have better jobs and spend more money, commercial businesses will continue to grow. If the federal budget stays on the track that it is, there will be millions of new jobs created in the United States in just two years. This will allow the commercial market to continue to grow as well.

Smaller Markets

The only area in which there seems to be struggles would be in the smaller commercial properties. These properties that are priced lower than just a couple of million are still not selling as well as could be hoped according to the National Association of Realtors. This would be because smaller companies still have more restrictive budgets while larger companies are feeling more of a business boom.

The Markets

The Miami office real estate market

is definitely seeing some improvements. At the beginning of this year, the office property vacancies were more than sixteen percent. Since that time, the vacancies in major areas of the country have dropped dramatically. For example, in New York City, the vacancies are down to just ten percent.

In the industrial real estate market, vacancies in properties are expected to continue declining as well. At the beginning of the year, the vacancies for industrial properties were at about eleven percent. In some metro areas, the percentages have dramatically dropped. In fact, in Miami, the industrial property vacancies are down to just over seven percent.

These drops in vacancies are being seen in retail and multifamily Miami real estate markets as well. In the retail market, they have dropped from an average of eleven percent to as low as three percent in some areas. The multifamily market has dropped from around four and a half percent to just above for percent.

As the economy continues to improve, the commercial real estate in Miami will continue to improve as well, which is most definitely good news for the United States overall.

South Florida Is In Construction Phase Once Again

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on February 11th, 2012

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The latest report from Miami Herald ( indicates that the construction spending in South Florida rose for the fourth month in a row in Broward County in November 2011, joining Miami-Dade County as areas with sustained growth in the real estate sector. “We’re seeing a lot of custom-home building,” said Bernie Navarro, head of the Latin Builders Association. “You see it in Key Biscayne and Coral Gables and Pinecrest. Those places had fallen to zero. Now they’re back on.” While construction employment is falling, the losses are more narrow than previously. “It’s going better than I expected six months ago,” said David Denslow, an economist at the University of Florida. “Remember, six months ago we were worried about a double dip. Now all of the evidence is pointing the other way.”

The Hollywood and Hallandale Condo resales

jumped in 2011 as well. Buyers purchased an average of 140 condominium units per month in the Hollywood and Hallandale Beach areas showing an increase in 2011 of nearly 20 units per month from 2010. This is due to the influx of investors chasing discounted condo resales that can be leased out to tenants who are willing to pay higher rents.

Latest report indicate that office vacancy in Miami-Dade County was at 19.1% at the end of 2011, according to data from CBRE Group’s Florida Market Perspective 2011. There was a total of 44.1 million rentable square feet in the county, and 8.4 million vacant. Last year saw net absorption of 64,238, with 359,630 square feet under construction, with the average asking lease rate in the county at $30.32. “The Miami office market has gained strength during 2011 with tenant activity picking up,” said Carter Hopkins, first vice president at CBRE. “The market should continue to strengthen in 2012.”

In addition to single family homes in Miami

the pre-construction condo sector is also on the rise. Fueled by steady pre-sales at the nearby Apogee Beach Hollywood condo, Jorge Perez of the Related Group is planning a new 31-story tower with condo and hotel units fronting the Intracoastal Waterway in the Hollywood nad Hallandale Beach coastal market of Southeast Broward County.

Despite the unsold inventory, the Related Group broke ground on the 23-story Apogee Beach condo tower on the sand just north of Hallandale Beach Boulevard in December 2011. As of Jan. 30, 2012, buyers have committed to purchase 41 out of 49 units in Apogee Beach project, according to company marketing material.

The path to development for the proposed Beachwalk tower – a few blocks west of the Apogee Beach project – is shaping up to be a bit more complicated initially. The proposed Beachwalk tower – which would stand 305-feet high with 84 residential units and 432 hotel rooms. Beachwalk is the 22nd project to be proposed east of Interstate 95 in South Florida. If they are all built, the projects would add nearly 4,400 units into a market that had 4,200 developer units unsold at the end of last year.

A Related affiliate bought the Beachwalk development site, home to Manero’s Steakhouse for five decades, for more than $2.9 million from TD Bank in May 2011. The Beachwalk project is slated to cost $60 million to construct and have a market value of $80 million at completion.

Related is also planning to start construction in two weeks on its MyBrickell condominium in Miami. To date, about 80 percent of the 192 units are under contract, with buyers paying a 20 percent deposit, the company said. It would be the first new condominium project to break ground in downtown Miami in several years.

Developers seeking to launch new condo projects are focusing particularly on the high-end market, which continues to dominate because of the ability of its prospective buyer pool to pay cash for units. The 70-unit Bellini Williams Island – a high-end condominium in Aventura’s William Island recently broken ground.

Miami Commercial Real Estate Due For Rise In 2012

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on January 7th, 2012

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Great news for the beginning of this year came from the commercial real estate sector, reports Miami Today (

Miami commercial real estate market is performing better than most

experts say, and values in some sectors may be rising within the next year.

“In my view it was relatively flat this year, but improving fundamentals remain a positive trend for 2012,” said Howard Taft, managing director of Aztec Group, a real estate investment banking firm. “Miami real estate is one of the few markets in the US offering a wide range of opportunities for domestic and international investors.”

“It’s a very vibrant market right now, with a tremendous amount of capital looking for deals,” said Warren Weiser, co-founder of Continental Real Estate Cos. “The money side is fairly disciplined given what we’ve gone through before.”

While aggressive cap rates are at pre-2008 levels, he said, “what is different is that rental rates in certain markets have declined and even stabilized somewhat in some areas.”

The dynamics for retail, office and industrial sectors are similar, Mr. Weiser said; office “has some absorption to go through, but as space gets leased up, rates can start pushing a little higher. The retail market has held up very well, and industrial has not had much new product added to the market.”

Retail in Miami-Dade has the lowest vacancy in the state, and with little new supply and cap rates running 6.25%-7%, it’s likely to remain stable through 2012.

“Miami’s office market continues to favor tenants,” he said. “Vacancy is still double-digit, and that could mean generous tenant improvement allowances and concessions.”

Douglas Campbell, president of Campbell Real Estate Advisory Group, said despite the addition of 600,000 square feet at Brickell World Center, which lifted office vacancy in Brickell’s class A sector to over 30%, rents have not dropped.

In fact, he said, “rates have bottomed out and are on the rise, with diminished concession packages when compared with a year ago at this time. “Class A asking rates on Brickell now exceed $40-$45 per square foot, year one.”
The Coral Gables and Airport West submarkets are following suit, Mr. Campbell said. “Class A vacancy in Coral Gables is still hovering around 15%, and has very few large contiguous space opportunities.

“In all submarkets, absorption of new space is usually due to a tenant relocating from one space to another rather than the introduction of new tenant need coming from outside of this marketplace. Expanded need for space is directly related to our local, national and global economy, which drive GNP as well as local employment trends.”

In Airport West, industrial space under 50,000 square feet, which covers the needs of 60% of tenants, is thriving.

“In that range, rental rates for class A have gone up around 13% from a year ago, and vacancy is as low as 3%. It’s a very active market.” In larger spaces, he said, “things aren’t as rosy.” He put vacancy there at about 8%.

“In my opinion, the next six to 12 months will start to see absorption in the largest spaces, because there are requirements out there that will eventually land somewhere,” Mr. Pino said.

Lease rates for industrial space in Medley have stayed the same but are anticipated to rise soon, said Brian Smith, an executive director with Cushman & Wakefield.

“Medley has seen a lot of transactions this year,” he said, “and occupancy has returned to very healthy levels.” Mr. Smith also reported a dichotomy between smaller and larger spaces.

“In spaces less than 40,000 square feet,” he said, “rental rates will most likely increase in 2013, and it will begin to turn from a tenants’ market towards a landlords’ market.

“There are still multiple options for spaces 75,000 square feet and up, so rents there will remain stagnant until some of these are absorbed.”

Positive indicators for South Florida’s industrial market include the expansion of the Panama Canal, the Port of Miami tunnel and deep-dredging projects, and recent trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, Mr. Pino said.

Although the US economy remains weak due to low consumer spending, Mr. Taft said, a lot of investors still want to buy US real estate.

“Some banks are saying it’s a good time to lend,” he said, “because property values are at their lowest ebb, so there’s not much more downside.

“We’re in the bell curve of refinancing. Trillions of dollars of refis will be coming due soon. Some will be easily refinanced, but there will also be opportunities for mezzanine lenders and buyers because owners will be underwater.”

Going forward, Mr. Taft said, the biggest risk is the European financial crisis. “We feel that a recession and collapse will affect many US companies,” he said, “reducing the need for office and industrial space as well as retail space demand.

“Another thing to look out for is the Dodd-Frank Act dealing with regulation of banks. The lack of clarity there will spook a lot of investors. “So we are entering 2012 with three legs on a four-legged chair.”

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Miami Condo Sales Are Up And Miami Real Estate Is On The Rise Once Again

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on October 29th, 2011

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Being a broker of Sunny Realty and providing one of the most used resource for Miami real estate ( I’m often asked: “how’s (Miami) real estate these day?”. Unfortunately I can’t just answer this question simply – “good” or “great” or “better”. When I start to explain that Miami basically has the best and worst real estate in the country, people think I’ve gone nuts and trying to sell them a story. However, here is The New York Post recent article By ANDY WANG.

Summer was hardly a vacation for those in the business of selling Miami condos.

“I didnt go to St. Tropez because of this”, says developer Gil Dezer, whose Sunny Isles Beach condo projects include the 384-unit Trump Royale and the three-building, 813-unit Trump Towers.
Dezer reports that he sold more than $100 million in Trump units during June, July and August ($50 million alone in August, including a $29 million, 34-unit bulk deal). He has closed more than $1 billion in Trump condos overall and has only about 75 units left.

Recent Trump Towers Condos sales

have been priced at about $525 per square foot. Thats significantly less than the $1,000-per-square-foot contracts buyers walked away from in 2009 after the financial crisis hit, but Dezer, whos paid off the construction loans for all four buildings, seems satisfied. (Donald Trump participated in a ceremonial Trump Royale condo mortgage-burning ritual, lighting the document on fire himself, in January.) The downturn made the job challenging, Dezer says. Every day was a battle. But when youre winning, its fun.

Winning could also be used to describe the situation at Icon Brickell. That nearly 1,800-unit downtown colossus, built by the Related Group with designs by Philippe Starck, seemed to be in peril not long ago, and two of its three towers were deeded back to its lenders in May 2010. But Icon Brickell Condos now nearly sold out, with more than 1,500 units closing for a total of more than $700 million. When you factor in units in contract, only about 30 condos remain.

I think the market has consumed the inventory in a much more rapid way than I and probably everybody thought, says Related Group chairman and CEO Jorge Perez, who adds that most buyers have been foreign. The Latin American economy has been strong.

The forecast was that we would sell all the units in three years at an average price of $350 per square foot, says Edgardo Defortuna, president of Fortune International Realty, which started selling Icon Brickell apartments in June 2010.

Less than a year and half later, Fortune is almost done and seeing prices at about $400 per square foot.

Demand has been so strong that Perez is now building another downtown development. The 192-unit MyBrickell is a couple years away from completion, but Relateds received over 60 reservations for condos before officially launching sales. Unlike Icon Brickell, MyBrickell isnt on the water, and Perez is passing on the cheaper construction costs and the deal we got on the land to offer units, with interiors by Karim Rashid, for about $300 per square foot.

Defortuna, meanwhile, is now selling downtowns Paramount Bay, a 346-unit building resurrected out of foreclosure by owners iStar Residential and ST Residential. Musician Lenny Kravitzs Kravitz Design firm is working on the building, where prices are about $400 per square foot.

South Beach real estate

with significantly pricier properties, is seeing lots of action, too. The summer was uncharacteristically busy, says Lana Bell, president of Sunny Realty, which has an office in South Beach and Sunny Isles Beach. We certainly didnt take a vacation.

According to Sunny Realty latest Miami market report, South Beach condos sold for an average of $515 per square foot during the third quarter. But this factors in distressed properties, including units bought out of foreclosure.

At the markets top end, the W South Beach Hotel & Residences has closed about $260 million in condos at an average of $1,700-plus per square foot, developer David Edelstein says. The W South Beach sold more than $50 million during the summer. One penthouse went for $7.7 million, north of $3,000 per square foot, Edelstein says.

As with much of Miami, foreign buyers have been key at the W. (Douglas Elliman translated its market report into Spanish and Portuguese to spur international interest.) From May through September, about 65 percent of Edelsteins purchasers were foreign, and about half of those were from Brazil.

The allure of the W has helped nearby condo buildings lure in buyers, including those from New York.

Fashion designer Irina Shabayeva, who won season six of Project Runway, owns a one-bedroom with a balcony at the 52-unit Boulan South Beach development just south of the W, but on the other side of Collins Avenue.

I like the Boulan because it was so new, really fresh and modern, says Shabayeva, who primarily lives in the East Village. And its across the street from the beach and the W.

Shabayeva says she enjoys the New Yorker-friendly amenities at the W, which include a Warren Tricomi salon and a Mr. Chow restaurant. And Edelstein says that the Dutch, an outpost of Andrew Carmellinis SoHo restaurant, will open in the W by Thanksgiving.

Boulan, which has sold 22 condos and has one-bedrooms on the market for upward of $600 per square foot, is busy filling its own retail spaces, as well. An art gallery should open in time for Decembers Art Basel festival. A Mexican/Asian fusion restaurant and a nightclub are also in the works.

Neighborhoods all over Miami are getting big residential and retail makeovers. The 56-acre Midtown Miami developments second phase, which will start next year, will include a boutique hotel, a movie theater and 100,000 square feet of retail.

Well definitely have a fashion component, says developer Jack Cayre.

And the nearby Design District is getting a Louis Vuitton store.

There was probably a point in time here someone said, Whats Chelsea? or Whats Meatpacking? and eventually, they became a place because New York was ready to have another place, says Greg Masin, senior director at commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. When we look at the Design District and at Midtown, what we see is the evolution of the next place in Miami.

Plus, the downtown Metropolitan Miami developments third phase will include rental apartments and a Whole Foods Market. Plans for downtowns eight-block Miami Worldcenter site include residences, restaurants and retailers. And the Genting Group, an Asian casino operator, has unveiled plans for its $3.8 billion Resorts World Miami mixed-use complex. But the scope of the latter two projects will depend on approval for casino gaming, something thats the object of much speculation and uncertainty all over Miami.

Dezer says he has been talking to major Las Vegas casino operators about land he owns in Sunny Isles (13/ acres on the beach and 6/ acres directly across the street that hits the intracoastal waterway) that could accommodate a gaming resort with more than 2,000 rooms and 3 million square feet.

They’re both good real estate, Masin says of the Genting and Dezer sites. If they both had a casino, theyd both be successful.

Whatever happens, Dezer has options.

We originally bought [the land] to build condos, he says. We could build five condo buildings.

That idea would have seemed ridiculous in 2009, but now its more plausible.

Defortuna has sold out the 256-unit Jade Beach condo building in Sunny Isles Beach and has just three apartments left (for about $700 per square foot) at its 252-unit Jade Ocean sister property.

In terms of quality inventory, oceanfront, he says, you can make a strong argument that you need to start building now.

Originally published by ANDY WANG.

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Multi Family Properties Leading Miami’s Rental Market

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on October 10th, 2011

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Over the past several months, numerous reports have pointed to the rising strength of the Miami rentals market. Investors from local regions, as well as abroad, have been snapping up discounted properties with the intent to rent to residents as well as tourists. While a variety of property types demonstrate rental promise, a recent report released by CBRE suggests that the multi-unit properties are leading the charge.

According to their report, rents throughout the Miami-Dade area have seen increases of up to 3.4% over the past year. This rise in rental income places the current market above rents seen back in 2006 and 2008. Real estate experts from the CBRE group suggest that the rental market has not yet seen its peak; but rather, property prices should continue to climb over the next year.

Why are rental properties increasing in popularity throughout the Miami area?

One of the largest contributing factors to the area’s rental values is the depressed economy. Many homeowners in the area have been forced into short-sales, or foreclosures, leaving them and their families in search of new housing. Due to credit damage from these forced sales, many former homeowners no longer have the credit required to purchase a new property. So, they set out in search of quality rental options.

Yet another contributing factor to the strengthening of the area’s rental market is the always strong tourist interest. Domestic nationals as well as international tourists make their way to the Miami area each and every year in search of quality rentals. Some visitors are in search of family friendly, affordable rentals offering the capacity for multi-family sleeping, while others are in search of the best Miami luxury apartments the area has to follow, offering oceanfront views. As such, rentals falling in both categories are considered desirable, for very different reasons.

Recent interest in the multi-family rental market has emerged within the developer sector. Multi-family development interest is in part derived from the fact that the Miami-Dada area boasts the 4th largest occupancy rate for properties of this type across the nation. Currently, there are 62 active multi-family properties in development, soon to offer nearly 18,000 units for purchase/rental consideration. As there are currently only 62 properties built after the year 2000, these new developments indicate that this market segment is strong. The limited supply of multi-family properties coupled with strong interest rate offers will continue to drive new development in this market sector.

“Real estate transactions within the multi-family sector are expected to rise in the coming months, among both residential investors and foreign buyers. Now is the time to act on these market opportunities, as supply increases, demand will begin to level out. As to when this transition in supply and demand will occur is anyone’s guess, we suggest as with any investment opportunity, to buy at the beginning of the curve, not at the end when pricing has risen and profit margins have become depressed,” said Lana Bell of Sunny Realty.

Miami Herald Land Recently Sold for $236 Million

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on September 27th, 2011

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The 3rd largest casino company (Genting Malaysia Berhad) in Asia just purchased 13.9 acres of waterfront land owned by the Miami Herald, for $236 million. The property stretches from Biscayne Boulevard to Biscayne Bay. This landmark deal will reshape the surrounding downtown area, bringing more life and vitality to an already booming portion of the city.

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In a public statement, the Herald publisher noted that while their operations have thrived in this area for a number of years, the space was no longer conducive to ongoing operations. The $236 million land/property deal was also in part prompted by The Herald’s need to bolster funds, specifically to address funding needs of the organization’s pension plan, to repay some company debts and to address taxes. The newspaper’s executives have provided additional assurances that this sale will in no way interrupt their normal course of business.

The Genting group estimates the total construction project cost to be between $2-5 billion, which will not only boost the local economy, but will result in the creation of numerous jobs. The current plans for the property include a hotel, retail shopping, high rise Miami residences and a convention center.

Downtown Miami Real Estate

“This deal has generated a great deal of excitement within the Miami real estate community, as it is at or near to the highest price paid per acre in Dade history,” said Lana Bell of Sunny Realty. “A deal of this magnitude will create tremendous opportunity for not only local residents and businesses, but for the surrounding property market.”

Many local Miami real estate experts

feel that this deal serves as an endorsement for Miami. Asian developers chose the area not only due to the opportunity and price point, but the potential to draw international and domestic tourists, a strong revenue source for any project of this type.
“Successful real estate transactions such as this merely validate the strength of the South Florida real estate market. While this deal is certainly the largest to come our way in some time, it is surely a sign of what is to follow. South Florida is hungry for Miami luxury residential developments, both for current area renters as well as international visitors,” said Lana Bell, of Sunny Realty.

While the deal has been closed, construction isn’t expected to commence for 2 years, which corresponds to the allotted time frame provided to The Herald for relocation. The newspaper is currently searching for property within the area, although they may divide the printing and publication portions of their organization should the right space not be found to accommodate both.

From every angle, this landmark deal serves as a positive sign for Miami’s real estate market.

Developer Land Interest Points to Strong Condo Development Future for Miami

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on September 2nd, 2011

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As the signs that the Miami real estate market remains stable

many investors and residents are interested in what future Miami condo developments may be in store. While developments may take years to complete, they show promise as growth for the area, something recent investors and current residents are interested in monitoring.

Miami land

previously earmarked for commercial towers in the downtown Miami area, many of which are now in financial distress, has attracted the interest of investors seeking to construct future condo developments. Year-to-date, investment groups have purchased at least 10 condo sites for nearly $300 million according to the Miami-Dade Country records.

2011 Significant Land Deals In Miami

Some of this year’s largest land deals include:

· $236 million for the waterfront Miami Herald land at 1 Herald Plaza
· $14.8 million for the Coral Station at Brickell Way
· $14 million for the land currently occupied by the Brickell Tennis Club
· Acquisition of a 78,200 square foot development site located on the north bank of the Miami River, once slated to become the Cima condo development

These significant land deals represent only a small fraction of the available land within a focused area of Greater Downtown Miami. The prime real estate attracting attention currently consists of the 60 block stretch spanning the Julia Tuttle Causeway to the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Driving Forces Behind Increasing Developer Miami Land Interest

Developer and investment interest has picked up throughout this year as rental and lease activity, resale and new sale activity has picked up.

More and more Miami residents are choosing to lease Miami condos, offering an attractive income stream for investors, both on an individual and group investor basis. The average rental rate for the areas, as of June 30th this year, is approximately $1.82 per square foot, or $1,500 per month for a small, 800 square foot condo unit.

Another contributing factor is the decline in developer condo inventory. This decline in inventory has freed up investor capital. The current sales pace for the area indicates that the developer inventory will sustain only 12 more months of sales activity. This activity has enabled current developers to turn their attention away from moving already constructed properties toward what’s next.

While new projects have yet to be announced, speculation backed by the aforementioned land deals points to a wealth of new projects to be announced and constructed in the Greater Downtown Miami area over the next 3-5 years.

Miami Foreclosure Stats For 2011

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on June 4th, 2011

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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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