Between the amazing weather, the beaches and the unique culture, it’s no wonder so many people from all over the world look to make Miami their new home every year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that there are so many amazing luxury homes and condos here to choose from too. Miami doesn’t lack for many things: incredible ocean views, new modern luxury condominiums, warm climate and ocean all-year-round, vibrant night life and top-of-the-line restaurants.
For the past several years Miami’s real estate was fueled by foreign buyers, but due the strong US dollar and domestic economy, there are less foreign buyers now. However, there are more American buyers currently on the market than ever before. The same goes for the real estate developers – more and more enter the Miami market with the mega condo projects, thus creating too much supply.
At the moment, it looks as though Miami has more new properties for sale than the demand for them. The result has been a version of survival of the fittest that threatens to kill off many developments before they can reach fruition.
One example of this could be Brickell Flatiron – see the website here, though it should be noted that the development of this new building still appears to be underway. Construction only just commenced this past March, but the developer—an Italian named Ugo Colombo who has been active in South Florida real estate for over 30 years — has been selling units for two years now. These units cost between $500,000 and $2 million, which is actually quite reasonable by the area’s standards.
Colombo has said, though, he hasn’t had to reduce the prices on any units. According to a number of local experts, deals are definitely taking longer to make, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean developers are finding it necessary to offer discounts on high-end properties.
A Healthy Slowdown
Another thing Colombo recently said that is of interest is that he feels the current slowdown is healthy. For years, now, Miami has been abuzz with people looking to buy new homes and condos. It was a nice way of saying goodbye to the recession.
As we’ve mentioned, though, things have slowed down considerably. It’s not recession-bad, but it’s still a noticeable change of pace.
When you consider some of the elements that brought about the mortgage crisis, it’s easy to agree with Colombo. A slowdown could be viewed as a correction, letting the market catch up with the enthusiasm of developers before they overextend themselves.
Planned Developments Getting the Axe
Still, it’s impossible to ignore that this slowdown has made some major impacts to Southern Florida’s economy. Most noticeable is the number of planned projects that are no longer in development.
For example, Krystal Tower was going to be a 35-story condo complex in Miami. Gulfstream Park Tower would have stood 27 stories in Hallandale Beach; that’s no longer happening. Oceanbleau was a 17-story building meant for Hollywood; once again, it’s been shelved.
The list goes on and on. Since 2011, 414 towers have been built or are in the process in the tri-county region. That’s 50,230 new condos—many of which carry large price tags.
At the moment, that means that only the best possible projects will be allowed to move forward in Southern Florida. However, what the actual implications of this development will be has yet to be seen.