Developers, who have always considered Greater Miami as an ever-growing and very popular venue, have slated 6 new developments for the Miami-Brickell and Downtown areas. Due to this, the towering crane will shortly become part of our skyline again.
Florida condo resales were up 65% in 2011. Out of the 23,000 downtown condos constructed during the boom years less than 2,000 remain unsold. A lot of this is due largely to the foreign buyers who see South Florida real estate as a good buy. These are mostly cash buyers from Central and South America, Canada, Europe and American from the northeast.
According the Miami Association of Realtor, International buyers account for 90% of all condo sales. According to the Miami Herald, which published the article ‘Condo-Mania 2.0 back in October 2011, “Builders believe that surging international demand is strong enough to support new condo towers.”
The 6 new towers will add a total of 3,882 to our local real estate inventory, a small amount considering the boom numbers. The Genting Resort World Miami will be the largest project contributing 1,000 units to the supply. Next, Brickell CitiCentre with 755 units, followed by Brickell House and Sky Palace at Mary Brickell Village, each with over 300 units and last My Brickell with 192 units.
As previously mentioned, the current inventory is at the lowest it’s been since the boom. Although, the current dwindling condo inventory in the area has move prices considerably higher since last year, prices are still below what they are expected to be moving forward. New condos are being reserved and will soon be sold at pre-construction prices at about $300 to $350 a square foot. If all goes as planned we can expect these prices to go up, particularly when the investors begin resale. These prices will make the current average square foot of about $250 look like a fire sale to most foreign buyers.
For those of you who may be confused about what this means, I have this say; get moving and buy. There are still good buys out there, however, the current inventory will not last forever and the new coming online will be priced higher as price trend upward.