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Here’s Your 2019 Update for the South Florida Real Estate Market

With the new year comes new opportunities to invest in the South Florida real estate market! If you’re thinking about buying a property, or selling your current property, sometime in 2019, it’s important to keep on top of market conditions.

South Florida real estate conditions are expected to shift slightly throughout 2019. This is due in part to changes in the national real estate market, such as rising mortgage interest rates and a slow in the growth of home prices.

However, Florida remains an optimistic and highly valuable real estate market. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the changing South Florida real estate market in 2019.

Demand for Homes is Consistently High

Current inventory of Florida homes for sale will grow slowly over the next year. In addition, experts expect home prices to increase by about 4 to 5%. Industry leaders are optimistic about the state of the market in 2019. South Florida has always been a popular place to buy a home, and for good reason.

Florida residents enjoy beneficial tax advantages, including the lack of any income tax. As such, buyers from all walks of life, but especially retirees and “snowbirds” looking for summer homes, are attracted to the South Florida real estate scene.

Current Inventory of Homes is Low

Two red lounge chairs by an outdoor in ground pool.Across the United States, the current housing inventory has steadily decreased over time. This low supply of homes, combined with the consistent demand of homes in areas like South Florida, have created the conditions for a seller’s market.

If you’re interested in selling your South Florida home, it’s important to do some careful market research. A good starting point is finding out what your home is worth. Feel free to request a comparative market analysis from my team and I. We’ll research your home, inspect the market, and compare your property to similar properties in the South Florida area.

Mortgage Rates Expected to Increase

One key factor in the changing South Florida real estate market is the increase of mortgage interest rates. The interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage will rise to an average of about 5.25% by December, according to experts.

Growing interest rates are expected to tamper buyer demand, which is why home prices aren’t expected to increase rapidly this year.

Some Key Takeaways for the 2019 Real Estate Market

Saleswoman presenting a new project property on digital tablet.Long term investors in the Florida real estate market remain optimistic. The strong Florida economy combined with consistently high demand for homes in Florida have kept home values high.

As a result of ever-changing market conditions, there’s a new demographic of buyers to keep in mind. Many industry experts expect home demand to increase as a result of a newer, and younger, generation taking over the market. Millennials are currently the largest pool of potential homebuyers. In particular, households under 35 years of age are beginning to buy homes in South Florida.

As such, current Florida homeowners can expect home demand in South Florida to remain robust.

Making a Plan for Your Real Estate Ventures in 2019?

We would love to be a part of them! Give our team a call today to discuss all your 2019 real estate plans in South Florida. Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in South Florida, we’re here to help.

Have a question about the South Florida real estate market? Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always happy to help.

‘Til next time,

Scott

 

Brickell City Centre Is Set To Open This November

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The Brickell City Centre located in Miami, Florida long-awaited opening is just around the corner. After years of speculation and construction; the waiting game is over. Starting November 2016, the doors will finally open. Here is a breakdown of the tenants whom have officially been announced.

  • Clothing: 100% Capri, 120% Lino, Addict, Adolfo Dominguez, Agent Provocateur, Armani Collezioni, BDBA, Crocus Studio, Chopard, Cole Haan, Intermix, In-Sight, Kiton, Koko & Palenki, LIVE!, Lululemon, Mirto, Orlebar Brown, Onda de Mar, Rhythm of Grace, REISS, SportsAction, Sundek, Ted Baker, Vilebrequin
  • Fashion and accessories: Addict, Audemars Piguet, Acqua di Parma, APM Monaco, Bally, Caudalie, Capritouch, Coach, Diptyque, Designer Eyes, Font, Harmont & Blaine, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Italia Independent, Illesteva, IRO, Kendra Scott, Kreations. Leetal Kalmanson, Michele Lopriore, Nars, Nest Casa, Pandora, Porsche Design, Richard Mille, Santa Maria Novella, Stuart Weitzman, Westime, Valentino
  • Dining: American Harvest, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, Calissons du Roy René, DAVIDsTEA, Dr. Smood, Häagen-Dazs, Luke’s Lobster, Pasión del Cielo, Pubbelly Sushi, Quinto La Huella, Santa Fe Ca Café, Sugar, Taco Chic
  • Arts and services: the Apple store, AT&T, Bojanini Art Gallery, Brickell Nail Bar, Musart, Sean Donaldson Hair

A few newly announced tenants have been added to the list as follows: Bruno Magli, Carmen Steffens, Baldinini, Boglioli, Lafayette 148, Samsonite, SPARIS and Violetas/Baccarat.

Swire, Simon, and Whitman property group have previously announced the anchor tenants as well: Cinemex, Saks Fifth Avenue and an Italian food hall. The City Centre is expected to draw in over two million visitors per year.

 

Until next time,

Scott…

NEW LISTING AT TURNBERRY OCEAN COLONY

 

MAGNIFICENT views from this direct ocean 15th floor apartment. Turnberry Ocean Colony is located in Sunny Isles Beach just south of Golden Beach and north of Bal Harbour.  These neighboring cities are part of Miami-Dade county in South Florida. Turnberry Ocean Colony feature’s two 37-story towers and is one of the most exclusive and established oceanfront developments in Sunny Isles Beach . Each tower includes 130 residential units with Intracoastal and ocean views.

Unit Features:

  • Private elevator access
  • 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms
  • Wrap around balcony
  • Covered and valet parking
  • East direct ocean exposure
  • Top of the line appliances
  • Marble floors all through the unit

Building Features:

  • 35,000 sq ft. Private beach club
  • 650-ft of pristine white sandy beaches
  • Two pools
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Personal trainers
  • Private cabana’s available
  • restaurant and bar
  • World class concierge and security

This exclusive apartment is priced to SELL! Call me today for more information and to schedule your private showing.

Marina Palms Luxury High-Tech Marina

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Marina Palms, North Miami Beaches’ newest addition to the city’s rapidly growing construction boom has opened its marina for business this week. The condo towers feature 468 unit ranging from 1-3 bedrooms. The Marina features 112 boat slips able to cater to boats up to 100 feet. Another key component to the marina’s unparalleled service is a full sundry store open to the public, and of course a high speed fuel point. Residents may enjoy the membership to a private boating club right from the marina ( pricing and availability may vary).

North Miami Beach, A city at the northeast point of Miami-Dade county Florida, is proud to be the home to the new Marina Palms Luxury Residences and Marina. The project will be fully completed by mid 2017 with only now the completion of the south tower which has just topped off.  The history behind the location and the way that they incorporated it into the project really sets it apart from some of the other new construction in the area. An amazing article can be found here that gives you a detailed historical background on the area and the specific location of the project itself. Welcome to the new Miami everyone!

City of Miami Continues to Be a Hot Spot for International Buyers

Miami Home Selling 3If you’re a foreign buyer weighing whether to invest your dollars, chances are that there is one U.S. city at the top of your list: Our thriving city of Miami.

For the last several years, I’ve told you about how foreign investors have been flooding the US housing market, mostly attracted by our exchange rate as well as the incredible properties they can own for such a great price here.

But there’s no other city that has even touched the level of attention that Miami has received from these investors. It’s certainly remained a hot market for foreign investment.

Why Miami Is The Place to Be

What makes Miami’s market so active? For one, this world-renowned city is currently undergoing a bit of a condo construction boom, with luxury developments popping up everywhere!

And who’s behind that development? You guessed it: Investors from across Europe as well as Latin America and Asia.

In fact, according to the Miami Downtown Development Authority, 90 percent of sales were international in downtown Miami recently.

Still, it is worth noting that, according to the Miami Association of Realtors, June existing condo sales were down 3.8 percent from last year.

Who Could Blame These International Buyers, Either?

After all, Miami is an incredible place to live.  Imagine living in an internationally-acclaimed city where you can revel in the cultures of dozens of nations, all on the same block!  Here you can sunbathe at one of our pristine beaches or simply enjoy sweeping views of the waterfront from your high-rise condo.

What’s more, this city has a bustling local economy, which means you’ll have access to a steady jobs market.

And thanks to its location, you’re just a short distance from a number of popular and unique restaurants and boutiques.  And a cruise to the Caribbean or a flight to Central America is exceptionally easy thanks to Miami’s waterfront location.

If there was ever an ideal place to call home, it would be Miami!

What This Means for You as a Local South Florida Buyer

Home Selling 2The real estate market in Miami is highly competitive right now because you’re not only competing with local buyers – you’re competing with international buyers who often have cash on hand to use.

This could result in a multiple offers situation or worse – being priced out of the condo you want to purchase outright.

That’s why it’s paramount to work with an experienced South Florida real estate expert like me if you want to enjoy a successful outcome on the local housing market.

Here’s Where I Can Help!

So contact me, Scott Patterson, today for help navigating the Miami and South Florida real estate markets.

I have years of experience helping buyers just like you and I would be more than happy to assist you by providing valuable resources and straight-forward advice.

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida REALTOR® Once Again Joins Elite Real Estate Ranks

Scott Patterson It’s always exciting when one is recognized for one’s work. It really reinforces and energizes you to keep doing what you do best!

Recently, I was recognized for my outstanding work on the South Florida real estate market.

In fact, I was again ranked as a Top 10 Agent across our company, EWM Realty International. That’s quite an honor, especially given that there are nearly 800 incredible agents working within our real estate company.

I am so honored to be recognized for this distinction.

On The South Florida Real Estate Market, I Get Results for You!

Ron Shuffield, the president of our company, recently spotlighted the company’s Top Achievers for 2013. This year, I was part of this elite group of real estate experts!

Perhaps you saw my picture in the Sun Sentinel or the Miami Herald, recognizing me and others as a member of the 2013 EWM Chairman’s Club.

“Thank you for all the hard work,” Ron Shuffield told us. “ I know the commitment that it takes to reach these highest levels, which makes me appreciate your commitment even more.”

2013 Accomplishments for Scott Patterson in South Florida

No matter which statistic you consider, one thing is clear: I get results on the local housing market! Just check out these figures on my 2013 sales activity:

  • $43 Million of sales
  • #8 Producer Company wide (Chairman’s Club Diamond Level)
  • Ranked #1 in Aventura
  • Ranked #1 in Broward
  • Ranked #8 in Miami-Dade

How I Help You on the Local Housing Market

So what exactly does it take to be recognized as a top performing REALTOR® in one of the most competitive real estate companies in the country?

First, I am dedicated to my clients. I work tirelessly to get the results they want on the market, whether it’s finding a luxury home or selling their current South Florida home.

Second, I have years of experience assisting South Florida home buyers and home sellers navigate the market. This familiarity with the area enables me to provide sage advice to all my national and international clients in such markets as:

  • Aventura, Florida
  • Golden Beach, Florida
  • Bal Harbour, Florida
  • Hollywood, Florida
  • Hallandale, Florida
  • Sunny Isles, Florida

Finally, I offer valuable and user-friendly real estate tools that further make the home buying and home selling process seamless for you! These include:

  • State of the Marketing throughout the world
  • Relationships and Aligning my Sellers and Buyers with the right Attorneys and financial resources
  • Buyer and Seller FAQs
  • Many resources over the years for both my Sellers and Buyers

Connect With Me Today! I’d Love to Represent You on the South Florida Housing Market!

Why work with an average real estate agent when you can work with a top-performing South Florida REALTOR® who has a track record for getting results!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, today to discover how I can help make your South Florida real estate dream a reality!

Until next time,

Scott

3 Reasons Why Miami Beach Is Enjoying Plenty of Overseas Money

South Florida real estate newsAs I noted in one of my recent blogs, the South Florida real estate market is enjoying quite a healthy boom of new construction condominium projects.

And these projects are being spearheaded by interested foreign investors.

Why are foreign nationals deciding to invest their money here in South Florida? Here are the top three reasons:

  • Their foreign currency is stronger than the U.S. dollar, which means a greater return on investment for them
  • The South Florida real estate market is seen as a luxury destination for people all over the world
  • South Florida real estate is so depreciated in value from the last few years that it magnifies the kind of return on investment these foreign nationals can get.

More Details on the Foreign Investment Boom in South Florida

It hasn’t been the easiest last few years for the South Florida real estate market, as detailed by a recent article I was reading.  For instance, condo values dropped a staggering 60 percent from their peak, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. And available credit for interested home buyers was hard to come by.

But there’s a Renaissance of sorts taking place on the South Florida real estate market. It’s breathing new life in to the market, and a lot of that is thanks to foreign investors.

Here’s a look at recent activity in the condominium market:

  • There are 118 condo towers proposed in the Miami area, which includes 35 under construction.
  • The 41 towers that are proposed for downtown will add 12,100 new units. Although that’s a departure from the 22,000 units that were built between 2003 to 2008, it’s still a remarkable improvement!
  • And recently, the Commerce Department released data that showed nationwide residential building permits increased to their strongest pace since June 2008.
  • The department further reported that about one in three building permits issued this year has been for the large multifamily communities.
  • In the South Florida region (which includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties), about 70% of residential construction permits issued through October were for multifamily units.
  • Meanwhile, about 85% to 90% of new-construction buyers are foreign, mostly from Latin America.

Experts are saying that developers have been encouraged by strong international demand that usually results in cash-financing. This model is viewed as safer than bank loans.

Consequently, a lot of developers are increasingly relying on buyers’ deposits to fund construction, versus debt from banks.

Experts are also saying that Miami is a microcosm that is being reflected on that national housing market. In truth, more markets are turning to multi-family buildings like the ones we’re seeing in South Florida  because it was the single-family home industry that dominated during the bubble years before the market crash.

Although it’s true that most national construction is still single-family homes, the uptick in recent construction activity has been dominated by multi-family homes.

Buying and Selling South Florida Real Estate

It is definitely an exciting time to be navigating the South Florida real estate market, and that’s thanks in large part to all the interest we’ve been receiving from foreign investors!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a South Florida property anytime soon, it would benefit you to work with a REALTOR® that has a firm understanding of the local housing market and its dynamics.

So contact me, Scott Patterson, today! I have years of experience working in this area and have helped scores of South Florida residents just like you!

Until next time,

Scott

New Condo Proposals Abound Right Now in South Florida

South Florida condosAn interesting trend has happened recently on the South Florida real estate market. Evidently, condo developers have been enthusiastically proposing new projects lately, proposing an average of almost 1,000 new units monthly for the tri-county coastal region since October 2012.

This is not only a sign that developers are feeling optimistic about the economy but also a sign that there’s about to be some incredible new real estate available in South Florida!

Real Estate for Sale in South Florida

According to the recent article I was reading in The Miami Herald, it has only taken roughly 10 months for developers to propose 20,000 new units in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Here’s what else the recent article revealed:

  • Since the fourth quarter of 2012, developers announced nearly 90 new buildings with a combined 9,500 units in South Florida.
  • At least three additional condo high rises with an estimated 1,200 units in the planning stages.
  • All put together, South Florida could ave at least 145 towers and nearly 20,700 units proposed for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
  • The last South Florida condo boom of this magnitude started in 2003 and ultimately resulted in 245 towers and almost 49,000 units in the region.
  • Miami-Dade County has the largest concentration of proposed projects with more than 90 towers and nearly 15,285 units planned.
  • Broward County has 26 towers and less than 2,125 units proposed.
  • Palm Beach County is a third with 23 towers and nearly 2,100 units proposed.
  • Broken down further, the Hollywood and Hallandale Beach market in Southeast Broward County has proposed 11 towers with nearly 1,450 condo units.
  • Sunny Isles Beach on the barrier island in Northeast Miami-Dade County has proposed 10 towers and nearly 1,200 units slated to be developed.
  •  West Palm Beach has proposed seven towers and nearly 1,170 units
  • The city of Miami Beach has proposed with 17 towers and nearly 1,100 units.
  • And Bal Harbour, Surfside, and Bay Harbor Islands market in Northeast Miami-Dade County have proposed 14 condo towers with nearly 1,000 units.

Part of the reason that developers are moving so fast to develop new condos is because the inventory of available condo buildings is dwindling fast.

Experts predict that the current supply of existing condos for sale could be exhausted by the second half of 2014.

Some of the projects that developers are proposing include:

  • A 713-foot-tall tower with at least 60 stories at 600 Biscayne Blvd.
  • A 710-foot-tall tower with at least 60 stories at 700 Biscayne Blvd
  • A 610-foot-tall tower with 55 stories at 24 SW 4th St. on the north bank of the Miami River.

Still, despite all this talk about new South Florida developments, these companies have a large hurdle to overcome first: getting loans from the banks, which have tightened their lending policies in recent years.

That’s why experts believe that it is those developers who can drum up sufficient support from would-be condo buyers that will ultimately find success on the South Florida real estate market.

South Florida Condos for Sale

What do you think of the recent flurry of activity on the South Florida condo market? I would love to hear your thoughts!

In the meantime, if you’re thinking about investing in a South Florida condo, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll be happy to assist you by letting you know about available condos for sale, answering any questions you may have as well as telling you about nearby condo communities in such communities as:

  • Aventura, Florida
  • Hallandale, Florida
  • Davie, Florida

Until next time,

Scott

 

Celebrities Move Over, There is More Money Coming to Town

In 2013 the amount of real estate that is being sold is truly record breaking in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Prices are up in every sector of the market, and most especially in the luxury condominium and luxury home markets. The inventory is so incredibly tight that homes that are priced correctly are receiving multiple offers as soon as they are listed or even before if it is a pocket listing. One thing that observers are remarking on is the continued demand. With nearly 160 new projects in developments and international cash buyers ready to put large cash down payments on pre construction condo developments, there is little doubt that this market is still on fire.

 

Celebrities are even taking advantage of the sellers market. Billy Joel sold his home last week for just under $14 million on La Gorce Island, and this week Rosie O’Donnell sold her Star Island Mansion for just under $13 million. Billy Joel will likely break even on the purchase after brokers fees are paid, however O’Donnell will nearly double the money made on the property, since she bought the property in 1999 for $6.75 million and sold it for $12.65 million. While the home was listed last year for $19.5 million, and was reduced, she was advised correctly to sell. Matt Damon also sold his home on North Bay road at an advantage. At the very least this indicates the market is back to 2006 conditions, if not approaching another level, reaching the top echelon of investor.

 

Celebrities are selling, not to leave Miami per se, but because it would be fiscally irresponsible not to. The property values are sky rocketing, and taxes will likely be raised, especially for non-homesteaded waterfront home owners. So who is buying all this incredibly expensive real estate? The answer is billionaires. Alex Rodriguez sold his home on North Bay Road to a group of the Saudi Royal Family, and Billy Joel sold his home to the largest share holder of Saks Fifth Avenue and the owner of Tod’s Shoes. So not only are the celebrities and big name athletes selling their homes, they are making profits, and making way for a newer and vastly more wealthy crowd. This real estate market is most certainly the market to watch, and if you are looking to take part in it, contact us today.

 

Property Insurance Reform to Affect South Florida Waterfront Real Estate Owners

South Florida insurance ratesThe Business Journal recently had an interesting article about how the state’s reforms to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will ultimately have a huge effect on those living on South Florida’s coasts.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Citizens Property Insurance Corp is a state-run insurer.

According to the recent legislation that the state government approved, protocol for Citizens Property has changed to help reduce enrollment, which officials say will make it less vulnerable during a storm.

This is sure to have a large impact on waterfront property owners all of South Florida!

What South Florida Home Owners Should Know About the Law Change

Under the recent change, residents will be limited to 10 percent annual premium hikes, although new enrollees would have to pass through a number of other insurers before choosing Citizens.

Experts are saying that because of this change, rates will increase overtime since homeowners would need to select private coverage within 15 percent of that offered by Citizens.

Eventually, more insurance providers will be attracted to the area, experts say.

As soon as the Citizens reform was passed, shares from the Fort Lauderdale-based Unviersity Insurance Holdings increased to its highest level in a year.

Universal Insurance Holdings is the largest private insurer in Florida.

Here’s how else the reform will affect circumstances in Florida: Some experts believe Citizens’ policy limit reductions will cause the maximum coverage to decrease from $2 million to $1 million, eventually falling to $700,000.

Some experts think the changes are coming at a bad time and may curb the housing market recovery in South Florida.

After all, investors may think twice if they’re forced to choose private insurance with higher premiums, experts say.

That could in turn call the housing market recovery to slow down or stop altogether.

What’s more, the reform forbids Citizens from covering new coastal construction after July 1, 2014. This may have a direct impact on such South Florida coastal communities.

Still, some experts say the changes to coastal construction coverage may actually end up benefiting the less expensive condominiums in Brickell and Downtown Miami.

South Florida Luxury Real Estate For Sale

What do you make of the recent legislative changes concerning Citizens Property Insurance Corp?

I am always happy to offer straight-forward advice and providing you with such useful home-selling resources as:

Until next time,

Scott