Many foreigners are investing quite heavily in the South Florida region, especially in Miami condos (view home page for Miami condos here) and that’s great news for developers and agents looking to move property. Many of the buyers are from Argentina, and they’ve been a steady source of sales through much of this latest real estate boom. However, recent financial issues in Argentina have been causing many in the real estate market to wonder just how it might affect them.
The credit rating agency called Standard & Poor’s provides credit ratings for nations. The rating they gave to Argentina in August of 2014 was less than favorable. In fact, they were in default according to the agency because they did not make interest payments to bond holders on their debt. The restructured debt for the country is in the area of $13 billion, and this is not the first time the country missed those payments.
This is actually the eighth time in the history of the country that they’ve not been able to pay, and it is the second time since 2001 that this has happened. This is an important year to remember, as the default of 2001 caused a huge economic collapse in the country. In fact, this collapse was actually so bad that many of the people who lived in Argentina, and who had the means at the time, actually left the country for greener pastures. Many of them went to Spain and the United States. Miami was actually a popular destination.
What will happen this time around, and how could it affect the real estate market in the South Florida area? While it is still a bit too early to tell, there could be an impact on the economy, even though it could take several months or a year to really see and notice the changes. Hopefully, things will not be nearly as bad as they were in Argentina’s past.
While the Miami area might see some emigration from people coming from Argentina, one also has to consider the number of sales that have been coming from residents of the country over the past few years. The residents of Argentina, thanks to their interest in real estate in the South Florida area, were a huge factor in helping in the recovery from the real estate crash of seven years ago.
Reports say that in 2013, about 11% of the international buyers in Miami alone were from Argentina. They also made up a high percentage of buyers in other areas of Florida as well. If this number were to drop substantially, then it could cause a bit of a hit in the market. Realtors report that residents of Argentina accounted for nearly $6.4 billion in sales in the state a year ago.
If the economy begins struggling in Argentina, what will these buyers do? They will not necessarily be able to continue investing in Florida, as they will have other interests at home that concern them. They might simply not have the money to spend on real estate, and that is a cause for concern amongst many developers and realtors.