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.

 

South Florida Ranks Number 1 Nationally for International Buyers

For months I’ve been telling you about the impressive number of investments that international home buyers – particularly Brazilians and Canadians – have been making on the South Florida real estate market.

Now there’s confirmation of just how expansive their investments have been.

The National Association of REALTORS recently identified Florida as having the highest concentration of international buyer property purchases than any other state.

Continue reading to learn more about how this distinction will have an impact on you as a home seller in Aventura, Hallandale, and surrounding areas.

Luxury Property for Sale in South Florida

Here’s an overview of the latest activity related to international home buyers:

  • International buyers have helped South Florida sell 91 percent of almost 49,000 boom-era units, according to condo Vultures
  • In 2011, 31 percent of all international sales in the country came from Florida
  • About 27 percent of international buyers identified the US real estate market as a profitable investment
  • Canadians viewed US real estate most favorably, accounting for 23 percent of all foreign buyers
  • In South Florida, 8 percent of all Florida resales were sold to Canadians

So what exactly does this mean for interested South Florida home sellers?

It means that – thanks in large part to international home buyers – the housing inventory on the South Florida real estate market is shrinking.

As that happens, remaining properties for sale on the South Florida real estate market will become even more coveted because there won’t be as many of them available.

This will, in turn, cause home prices to rise over time, meaning that your chances of getting the price you want on your luxury South Florida home will increase.

Your South Florida Real Estate Expert

If you’re ready to enter the South Florida real estate market as a home seller, then contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll tell you about the aggressive and comprehensive marketing plan I offer to my clients as well as provide you with a number of helpful home selling resources, such as:

Until next time,

Scott

Mexicans Increasingly Investing in South Florida Real Estate

For months I have been telling you about how Brazilian nationals have been spurring activity on the South Florida real estate market by investing in South Florida homes for sale.

Now it appears that another group of foreign nationals are finding South Florida real estate increasingly attractive: Mexicans.

According to a recent article in the Miami Herald, Mexicans find that South Florida is a safe place to invest their money outside of their home country, where violence has steadily increased over the years.

South Florida Real Estate Market Attracting International Buyers

While Mexican nationals have historically invested in properties in border cities such as El Paso and San Diego, an increasing number of Mexicans are investing in South Florida, specifically Miami.

By some estimate, Mexican investors have invested about $30 million in the South Florida real estate.

And according to the Commerce Department’s international trade administration, Mexicans made a direct investment of $31 billion in the United States in 2008.

Most experts attribute the surge in Mexican nationals investing in the United States to the violence that is occurring across the border.

Since the Mexican president Felipe Calderon launched a war on drug cartels in late 2006, more than 40,000 Mexicans have been killed in the fighting.

Consequently, the United States has issued an increasing number of visas to Mexicans.  Between 2007 and 2009, the number of visas for Mexican investors grew from 15,000 to 21,000.

In 2009, about 250 Mexicans were granted asylum in the United States.

Purchasing a South Florida Home for Sale

As a South Florida real estate expert, I have years of experience working with international buyers.

If you’re thinking about relocating to South Florida from another country  – or from another part of the United States – then contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll help make navigating the South Florida real estate market exponentially easier with my exclusive South Florida home buying tools.  These include:

Until next time,

Scott

More South Florida Home Buyers Are Using Cash to Purchase South Florida Homes for Sale

As it has become increasingly difficult to get a South Florida mortgage in recent years, more South Florida home buyers are using cash to purchase homes, according to recent real estate market data.

According to the National Association of Realtors, about 28 percent of 2010 home sales involved all-cash transactions.  This trend appears to be an increasing,  especially when one considers that in 2008, 14 percent of all real estate transactions were cash only.

In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, the prevalence of all-cash transactions is even more apparent.  In 2010, more than half of all transactions in the area involved cash buyers.

South Florida Home Buyers Find Getting a Mortgage Difficult

Some experts have suggested that the sluggish housing market has caused the increase in cash-only real estate transactions. Here’s why.

After the housing market bubble burst, many lenders tightened their belts and made it more difficult to get a mortgage.  According to a national survey by MortgageMatch.com:

  • 70.6 percent of Americans feel like the difficulty of getting a mortgage is a serious problem.
  • 32.3 percent of Americans found that understanding the mortgage process and meeting lender requirements is more difficult than getting the mortgage itself.
  • 79 percent of recent home buyers said that getting a mortgage was as difficult or more difficult than they expected.
  • 20.9 percent of home buyers said that it stressed them out more to wait for approval on a mortgage than to wait to hear back on a job opportunity.
  • 10.8 percent of borrowers said their lender charged them a higher interest rate than they were originally quoted or expected.
  • 20.7 percent of borrowers said that finding a lender that was easy to work with was a challenge.

All Cash South Florida Real Estate Deals Seen as a More Attractive Option

The recent data released on home buyers’ perceptions of getting a mortgage suggests that  the process is stressful, frustrating and upsetting.

Meanwhile, those home buyers who are opting to use cash on their real estate purchase are finding that the process is easy and even advantageous.

Home buyers who use cash only usually get 5 to 10 percent  off the asking price of a home as compared to those buyers who use a mortgage.

Many South Florida real estate experts agree that sellers prefer cash real estate transactions because they tend to be quicker.  In addition, the seller doesn’t have to worry about a bank rescinding  a mortgage deal.

Homes for Sale Available Now

Are you interested in checking out some of the properties available now in Aventura, Florida and other nearby communities such as Golden Beach and Hallandale? Then contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida real estate expert.

As your South Florida REALTOR, I’ll keep you up to date on more trends like this one in the Aventura real estate market as well as let you know of any Aventura homes that enter the Aventura real estate market.

South Florida Real Estate is Truly International!

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South Florida truly is an international melting pot, and these new Scott Patterson client’s in the video are from six different nationalities including France, Nicaragua, Canada, Greece, Italy and of course, the USA. This video was shot with our client’s friends and family while they were visiting their new waterfront property in the Hollywood Lakes area in Hollywood, FL. The other clients purchased a waterfront  Hallandale property in the Hallandale gated waterfront community of Golden Isles that they plan to totally remodel. Combined, these international buyers purchased 3 South Florida properties valued at almost $5 million.

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