For those of us who live in or around Miami, it comes as no surprise that there is a lot of money here. Sure, there’s been a bit of a slowdown recently to our famous condo market, but that hasn’t done much to stop the ultra-wealthy from making Miami their home (or at least one of them). According to Knight Frank, though, our beautiful city is actually the 12th best place for the super rich to live.
Dropping Out of the Top 10
Knight Frank made these comments to the Real Deal last month. Although it’s definitely good news—wealthy people bring lots of money—there’s a bit of bad mixed in with it too.
As it turns out, Miami was actually ranked number six last year. This year, we fell out of the top 10 by a fair amount. Still, it’s not like we’re not in good company. Tokyo is right ahead of us. Furthermore, 12th place makes us second place for cities in the United States. New York City took the cake there.
Still, are you curious what caused us to slip?
A Dent in Foreign Currencies
Unfortunately, it’s mostly out of our control. Frank claims that weakening Latin American currencies are actually to blame.
On top of that, it doesn’t help that the U.S. dollar has been getting stronger. While it’s definitely good for the economy as a whole, a lot of foreign currencies simply don’t have the buying power they once did, meaning investors from other countries will look for other opportunities.
Frank even said that he regarded this drop in the rankings as nothing more than a “blip.”
For his part, he recommended keeping an eye on Coconut Grove and Miami Beach as the top neighborhoods in Miami for future investment opportunities.
The Top 10
As we mentioned above, we lost to Tokyo, which came in at number 11. The rest of the top 10 looks like this:
2. New York City
4. Hong Kong
Making the List in 2017
Hopefully, Frank is right and Miami bounces back next year. Again, wealthy people represent money and opportunity for the rest of us.
That being said, there’s some reason to remain cautious with your optimism. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network began requiring that title insurance companies essentially verify the identity of anyone who wishes to purchase property in Miami.
Why is this a big deal? Well, there are suspicions that much of the money that helped the condo market explode in the last few years is coming from foreign shell companies that operate as illegal tax havens.
While it’s good to ensure these investors aren’t breaking the law, cutting them off could hurt Miami’s economy.
At the end of the day, Miami is still an amazing place to live and people are going to continue trying to find a home here to enjoy this incredible city. Still, here’s hoping our economy picks up again and we start making some progress on that list for next year.