Miami preconstruction condos

Over the past couple of years, the Miami area has been going through a real estate renaissance, a real boom in the market. The sales of the units in all South Florida locations, and especially in Miami area has been quite brisk, and that led developers to building even more towers and adding more units to the market. Again, they continued, and they continue, to sell very well. In fact, there have been tens of thousands of new units proposed in the region since the boom started a couple of years ago in 2011. They’ve already sold close to 10,150 of the new proposed units just in the latest boom and they keep on selling. (view pre-construction Miami condos here)

Sales Stronger than the Past

Currently, there are 16,200 preconstruction units in the marketing and presale phase, and the number sold represents about 60% of the total. The other condos that are on the horizon and that have not yet started marketing and presales are still getting potential buyers excited, and it appears that the sales for the remaining units, and new units, will continue to go well.

One of the interesting things about the sales today is that the sellers of these preconstruction condos will generally require a number of deposits that will total about half of the overall purchase price. This is interesting because before the recession, the buyers were only required to put down a fraction of this amount – as low as 10% much of the time. This caused more buyers to put down money, although they may not have had the means to necessarily follow through and buy the home, which caused some issues, as one would imagine.

Higher Deposit Requirements Are a Good Idea

The requirement for the higher deposits makes more sense today, and it helps to keep the overall market much safer. Buyers who can pay the larger deposits have more of an interest in the property, and it tends to mean that they are economically capable of actually buying the home. Even though the construction deposits are higher today, when one looks at the demand and the excitement to buy in the area, it seems as though the higher prices have done nothing to slow down the purchases.

Reports say that 23 new condo towers going up in the area have already sold out, and that another 25 towers are reporting that they’ve sold about 90% of the units they are building. The enthusiasm is certainly still there when it comes to buying in South Florida.

How long will this boom last and how long will people still be willing to buy? While it is hard to predict exactly what will happen with the real estate market, things really are looking good in the South Florida area, and this does not look as though it will change anytime soon. The buyers still seem to be there and they still seem to be on the hunt for great properties whether they plan to live there, vacation there, or rent the units out as an investment property.

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Miami Luxury Homes for sale

What do wealthy people want when they are buying a property? Naturally, they want many of the same things that everyone else does – a quality home in a good, safe neighborhood. However, according to a survey conducted by Sotheby’s International Realty, they want some very specific things when it comes to their dream homes, which they are actually able to afford. The survey took information from rich buyers in four different countries – Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Features of a Great Home According to the Affluent

The survey found that the wealthy in those different nations had slightly different ideas of what would constitute the perfect property. Namely, those who were from Brazil wanted a smart home, which is a home that features lighting, heating, and electronic devices, such as a television that you can control through a computer, tablet, or even a smartphone.

Those who were in China wanted a home that had plenty of space for a display of various types of art collections. Those in the United Kingdom had a penchant for properties that had some type of historic significance. Those who were in the United States wanted a lifestyle property that was on the waterfront. They also wanted to have a large enough garage for a collection of cars, and they even wanted to have input into the design of the home.

It turns out that homes on the water are actually rather important for most people who want to buy a new home, and who have the money to buy the type of property they want. As they say with real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Being near the water was one of the top requirements, or desires, of people in all of the surveyed countries.

Of course, in addition to the location and the features of the home, wealthy buyers also wanted something that would give them a good return on their investment. The ROI was a key factor when it came to choosing a property. Those who are wealthy know how to stay wealthy and make money, so they tend to put their money into properties that are going to help make them money if they sell down the line.

Many said they did not intend to sell a few years later though. Instead, they were looking into buying legacy homes, which are homes that they could pass down through their family.

Luxury Leads the Way

Several years ago, the real estate market took quite a hit, and it has taken some time for it to start to recover. One of the big factors of recovery during that time though was the luxury market. Many wealthy buyers were still able to buy during those lean years, and they found that it was actually a good investment to do so.

The South Florida region was one of the areas that had suffered during that time, but things are going quite well in the area now. In fact, many of the homes in Miami, Sunny Isles, and nearby neighborhoods fit in quite well with the desires of the wealthy, at least according to Sotheby’s survey.

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Bal Harbour shops

Bal Harbour Shops has a reputation as a mall with high-end shops and boutiques that easily rivals any other mall or shopping destination around the country. Even shopping areas such as Rodeo Drive have a hard time coming close to what you can get in this South Florida mall. They already have some of the most expensive and exclusive shops in the world, and it seems as though they might be getting ready to add yet another one to their list. It appears that the famed Barneys New York could well have a place in the expanded mall very soon.

The store seems to be quite interested in aligning with Bal Harbour Shops, and the union really does make quite a bit of sense. Both are known for luxury and high-end merchandise. With the planned expansion, they need more stories, and this could be the perfect match.

The Expansion Is Massive

Already quite large, the mall is getting even larger. They plan to expand the mall to 350,000 square feet. This will include expanded or additional retail space and the addition of at least another twenty retail boutiques. Some of the shops said to be getting the expansion treatment include Saks and Neiman. The expansion will also include a community place on Collins Avenue, green space, and a luxury theater so visitors can see the latest movies in style. Overall, the estimated cost of this expansion is $300 million. They feel they should be able to complete it by 2018.

The mall wants to make sure that everyone in the community is happy with the project as well. After all, many of those people in the community are the ones who are supporting the stores in the mall. They listened to the community’s opinion as they were developing their plan, and feel that it should not have a negative effect on the community nor should it do anything to hamper traffic at all. They took 2.5 years to come up with an expansion plan that they felt should make everyone happy, including those living in the nearby residential community.

They recently held another meeting for the community, who were able to hear from the architects, as well as a traffic study consultant who could answer their questions about traffic. While they are still waiting for the final green light on the project, it appears as though it should go forward without any issues at all.

The Success of Bal Harbour Shops

The fact that Bal Harbour Shops is able to expand and continue to grow is a testament to the economy of the area. Around the country, many malls are actually shuttering their doors. With the mall being able to expand and thrive, it goes to show that the area is a great place to live and work.

The expansion of the mall, and the addition of Barneys New York should be able to give the mall an even higher profile, add new jobs to the community, and help to bring in even more money.

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Miami Beach real estate

Recently, the City of Miami received final approval for their EB-5 Regional Center for Foreign Investment, which has the potential to allow many more foreign investors to start putting money into the economy. This particular designation will allow many foreigners, especially those who are from China, to be able to invest in properties in the South Florida area.

Why Is It Good For Investors And Good for Locals

Mayor of Miami, Tomas Regalado feels that the approval is going to be a very good thing for both the investors as well as for those who are living in the area. The program will actually let the city help foreign nationals who are trying to put more capital into the economy by giving them special immigration status. However, not just any investors will do. They need to invest at least half a million dollars into the area, and they have to be able to prove that within two years they’ve created a minimum of ten jobs.

They hope that the program will actually encourage more investors to take root in South Florida, and they feel that it has the potential to create thousands of new jobs. This fuels more economic growth for the region and makes it a better place for all who live there. Miami is one of the pioneers when it comes to this type of program, and you can bet that a number of other cities around the country will be waiting and watching to see what happens. If it is successful, there is a good chance that many more cities will follow with their own similar programs later.

Miami will become something of a model that the other local governments around the country can follow.

What Is the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program?

It’s important to take a deeper look at the program to learn more about what it entails and what advantages it has the potential to offer. First, it allows two-year residential status for qualifying investors and their families. This residential status is conditional. The investors will need to invest at least $1 million, or $500,000 in a “designated target area”. They need to invest in businesses that will be able to create at least ten jobs for American workers during those two years.

After those two years, if the investors are able to meet the above conditions for creating jobs and investment dollar requirements, then they will be able to apply for an receive unconditional permanent residency.

The program offers many benefits and advantages for the investors. First, it does not matter what age they are, how much business experience they have, or their language. The investors can be limited partners – they do not need to be managing the investment on a daily basis. Also, they do not need to be in the United States fulltime to manage their business. They can maintain the business from their country of origin.

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Miami Beach real estate

When people think of luxury, they think of Miami, a city that has it all. Whether you make your home in Miami (view Miami homes for sale website here), or you visit occasionally, it’s easy to see and appreciate the opulence the area offers. This is the second year in a row that Christie’s International Real Estate put the city on their list of the top ten luxury property destinations. Some of the other cities that also made the list include Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, and Hong Kong.

One of the things that many brokers say helps Miami stand out from those other cities is the fact that it is still relatively affordable, even for luxury accommodations. Those who choose to buy in the area tend to get far more for their money than they would in a city such as New York or London, for example. Let’s take a look at some numbers for comparison. In 2013, the average price per square foot for a luxury home in Miami (see all Miami luxury homes for sale here) was $559. During that same year, the price per square foot of a comparable home in San Francisco was $829, and in London it was an astounding $4,683.

It turns out that luxury is about more than just the price, though. Luxury is about much more, such as the features and the location. Let’s look at what Miami can offer.

The Location

First, think for a moment about the location. You are right on the water, and it’s never more than a few minutes away no matter where you might be in Miami. You are close to a host of attractions, the water, and even the Keys and Bahamas if you might want to take a quick weekend jaunt. Luxury is about living the good life, and that’s easy to do with such a great locale.

The Properties

The properties themselves are very important too. The designers and architects who create the condominium towers know luxury. The buildings feature every amenities that you could want, including pools, security, gyms and spas, on-site restaurants and lounges, modern design, and so much more. The units themselves often have the latest cabinetry and flooring, as well as balconies and terraces for relaxing or entertaining. One of the best things about those buildings is the views they can offer.

The Culture

Of course, one also has to look at the culture of Miami to get just why it is so special and so different from all of those other cities. It’s a great melting pot of cultures, and it has quite a strong Cuban and Latin influence in the area. This colors the city and makes it unique and special. From the food to the nightlife and beyond, culture in Miami equates to great living, and really, that’s what luxury is all about in the end.

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Miami Beach Homes for sale

One of the constants in Miami as well as South Florida is that the quality of the condominiums and other properties that are available never seems to wane. However, this also means that the prices of those homes tend to rise as well. Still, as the price of the properties is rising, the number of sales is starting to slow just slightly. This tends to mean that the buyers have many more choices and they are waiting to see if they can get a better price for properties. It is starting to become a buyer’s market once again, and those who are going to be buying soon should see this as a promising sign. Plenty of homes are available in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, and those rising prices might start to slow a bit as the buyers hold off on making actual purchases.

The Numbers

Currently, the median price of a single-family home in the Miami-Dade area is up by about 8%, hitting $243,000. The median condominium price rose by an even higher percentage – 10% in that time, but it did see something of a drop in March of 2014. The sales of single-family homes in the area were up by about 5.6% from the previous year.

These changes mean that it’s becoming less of a seller’s market, as mentioned. The real estate market seems as though it is stabilizing and balancing. The same is happening in Broward County. The inventory is going up and the sales are starting to slow. In Broward, we see that the price for a home went up by 9.2% over the past year, with the median price for a home being $273,000. Condo prices rose by quite a bit more. In fact, they were up by 14.3%.

Why the Rising Price?

What is it that is causing people to raise the price of their homes? A couple of years ago, the price of homes dropped quite a bit because of the crash. Now, the economy and the real estate market are getting better and stronger. Homes have been selling briskly up until recently. This causes many sellers to feel that they can ask more for their property and that they should be able to get it. They feel that their property should get more than a home that recently sold in the area because they think their property is nicer or better.

They don’t take into account all of the other factors, including the market, that will affect the price of their home. Buyers are not biting though. They have a surplus of properties from which they can choose, and they are able to look at other options. They don’t need to spend more than they want to spend because they will find something that they love within their budget relatively soon and they know it.

The prices should start to come down, at least from those sellers who are realistic about their property and what they can reasonably get for it in the current market. Buyers just need to wait and negotiate.

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Miami real estate investment

It seems that Grant Cardone is now getting into the real estate field, and he’s doing so in quite a big way. Over just the past two years, he has already spent $250 million on properties all around Florida. He says that this first push is just the beginning, and hopes that he can invest a billion into the state before the close of the decade. He relocated to Florida from Los Angeles two years ago, which was when he started to buy up the property.

At the rate at which he is going, it seems as though that’s a very sound estimate on his part. Recently, he bought the Wellington Club in Lake Worth. The price paid for the 204-unit property is undisclosed. The Daily Business review says that he is also in the process of buying another property, this one in North Miami. In an interview, he said that there are many reasons to keep buying properties in Florida, so it doesn’t make sense to stop.

It’s true that Florida is a very popular place when it comes to real estate, and there are plenty of opportunities for those who want to invest as big as Cardone is doing. However, it’s also a haven for the smaller investor who might simply want to have one or two condominium units to rent out as an investment, since most people don’t have the capital of Mr. Cardone. Click here to view Miami real estate investment opportunities

So, Who Is Grant Cardone?

For those who don’t know, Grant Cardone is one of those guys who seems to have done it all. He started as an auto salesperson, and grew into someone regarded as a true international sales expert, not to mention a New York Times bestselling author. The five books he has under his belt include The Closers Survival Guide, Sell to Survive, If You’re Not First, You’re Last, Sell or Be Sold, and The 10X Rule.

He is also a television commentator, as well as the host of the radio show The Cardone Zone. He creates sales training programs for Fortune 500 companies, and is the founder of three different companies, including Cardone Real Estate Holdings, Cardone Enterprises, and Cardone Group. He also works as a motivational speaker. Motivated does not even begin to describe him.

Once you start looking into his accomplishments, you can see that his goal of spending a billion investing in Florida by the end of the decade is quite doable. In fact, chances are good that he could do that even before the close of the decade given his current pace. It should be interesting to watch and see what happens over the next few years as he buys, and possibly starts developing, more properties.

Even though most don’t have the money that Cardone has, that shouldn’t stop them from looking at buying in Florida. Individual units can be a great way for someone to start investing right now. Plenty are available, and it is possible to find them at a variety of different price points.


Miami new condos

Some people are starting to worry that we could be facing another real estate bubble in the South Florida area, but many experts feel that these fears are premature. They feel that there is still plenty of room for growth in the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade. One of the reasons for the fear is that developers in the area are already proposing a large number of additional condominium units in the area – more than 33,000 of them in fact.
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Where Will the New Units Be?

Currently, the downtown area of Miami looks as though it will be getting approximately 17,400 units across 59 new towers. While this might seem like a substantial amount, it is important to remember that during the last boom, the area became home to 22,200 units with 84 towers. Sunny Isles, another very popular neighborhood in the area, is slated to have 14 new towers and an additional 1,800 units. During the last boom, developers created 6,200 units among 28 towers.

Because of this boom though, people fear that history could repeat itself. After the last boom, they remember the crash of 2007. While it is understandable that people want to be cautious, the world and the economy today are in a different place. It’s not nearly as likely that this type of crash will happen again. Still, caution is always smart no matter the state of the market.

What Makes This Different

Even though there might be a large number of proposed units in the pipeline, there is not the same rush as there was before. The towers and buildings are going up more slowly. Less than twenty-five percent of the proposed units is under construction right now. Many of the others are still waiting for approval. It’s important to remember that these are only proposed units. The ones that are not awaiting approval, having already cleared, will be units that go forward only when the developers can get enough presales to show that there is still an interest in the units in the area, and that they’ve already sold enough to make it viable. This means there will be no vacant towers desperately looking for owners as we’ve seen in the past.

This keeps the progress at a slower pace, which may actually be much better for the overall real estate market. It ensures that the growth does not happen too quickly, so there is far less of a chance of the bursting bubble and crash as there was seven years ago. Despite the skepticism that some have, it’s far too early to know what the market will be like in a few years. As always, buyers and sellers alike need to watch carefully in order to get an idea of where the market will be moving. Still, given the current popularity of the South Florida area from a buyer’s perspective, it does seem as though the market could be looking up for quite some time still.


St. Regis Bal Harbour Miami

Recently, the south tower penthouse, unit 2501, sold for a whopping $22.75 million at St. Regis Bal Harbour. The previous owner was a Delaware corporation owned by Yuriy Kosyuk, a Ukrainian billionaire who made his money in poultry and food products. Strangely enough, the buyer also happens to be a company from Delaware.

What Makes the Unit and Building Special?

The unit is massive, measuring 14,129 square feet. It includes 11 bedrooms and 12.5 bathrooms. It’s also relatively new, since the tower only went up a couple of years ago. Originally, the space was going to be five separate units, but they combined those units into one large penthouse property instead, so it takes up the entire top floor of the building.

One of the best things about this penthouse is that it offers wonderful views of the ocean, the city, and more. It features more than 4,000 square feet of terrace space as well.

As wonderful as the unit is, the building itself is quite special as well. Some of the amenities at the building include a private swimming pool, housekeeping services, a concierge, dry cleaning and laundry, and more. It even offers a gym so residents can stay in shape. They also offer onsite dining. It’s a remarkable place to call home, and it is no wonder that the units in this building tend to sell rather quickly, and for more than many might imagine.

Of course, one of the other reasons to love the building is the location. It is literally right on the beach and offers nearly a thousand feet of beautiful beachfront. The St. Regis Bal Harbour is also close to places such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the airport, and a host of attractions.

Why Do People Love Penthouses?

What is it about penthouses that make people love them so much? They are on the top floor, so it means that the views will always be nice, naturally. It is also something of a symbol of being on top in life, not only in the apartment. Penthouses do not come cheaply, as you can see from the price this one sold for, so it serves to show one’s status. It is true luxury living, and that’s just what someone wants when they are in South Florida. Whether they are there on a vacation in their second home, or they are using the property as their primary home, penthouses are ideal.
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In addition, some people want and need to have more space. Many of the penthouse units also have more features and amenities, such as private elevators. These additional features help to make the idea of a penthouse even more attractive for those who can afford it, and they are even better in South Florida because of the great location.

Of course, you have to keep in mind that penthouses are rare. Towers generally only have one or a couple at most. This is something else that contributes to their greater cost.


Miami real estate

The price of homes located in the Miami Beach area is on the rise according to data recorded by Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller between March 2013 and March 2014. They showed that the prices for homes in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties showed an increase of 1.6 percent between February and March during the usual seasonal adjustment. They also showed that the price of homes across the nation took a jump of about 10.3 percent over the course of the year. In South Florida, the price rose by about 16.2% in that time.

What Could the Numbers Mean?

This shows us several things. First, it shows that interest in the properties in the area is at an all time high and that the interest is still growing. It also shows that, even though the prices are rising, people are still willing to buy for several reasons. The location is great. They will be near the things they want to see and do, making it perfect for a fulltime home, a vacation home, or even an investment property.

Of course, a good location close to the water also helps when reselling, and smart buyers know that. Waterfront properties, for example, tend to gain quite a bit of interest from buyers, so being in a beach area is always a good thing for buyers.

One of the other nice things to note is that it is currently a buyer’s market in South Florida. Even though the prices of the homes are rising, and it is a good idea to act fast when you see a property that you life, there are plenty of options out there. This means that the price of the homes will still need to stay in line with what the market will bear.

South Florida Active Listings on the Rise

Listings come onto the market all the time, so buyers will always have new properties coming onto their radar. The South Florida housing inventory rose to 41,712 active listings in late may. Sales dropped just slightly from 22,000 to 22,157 over the last week, and the number of pending sales dropped by approximately 375 over the course of the month.

As you can see, there does not seem to be a shortage of properties available for those who want to buy in the South Florida area. When choosing property though, it is important to look at everything that you can in regards to the location, amenities, and features. Having a property right at the beach is a great thing, and many condominium complexes in the area have places available for buyers right now. However, buyers also need to consider the quality of the place, the size, and the price to make sure it really is a good investment. Working with a good real estate agent who has experience in the area is the best way to make sure that you are getting access to the best possible properties.

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