Miami Top Destination For Foreign Buyers

11.04.16

Based on the latest Miami International Buyer Survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for the Miami Association of Realtors, Miami's real estate market remains a top destination for foreign buyers despite economic slowdowns in Latin America and Western Europe.

There are more foreign buyers in Miami than in the rest of the U.S. 72% of Miami-Dade and Broward members reported working with an international client. That's considerably higher than the national average of 28%according to NAR.

"International buyers have long been attracted to Miami's world-class art, beaches and amenities," said longtime Coral Gables Realtor Christopher Zoller, the 2015 Residential President of the Miami Association of Realtors. "South Florida's proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean and our more than 1,000 multinational companies offer so many opportunities for foreign real estate consumers. Faced with volatile economies in their homelands, South Florida real estate is considered a secure place to invest one's money."

The majority, about 68%, of international buyers in South Florida originate from Latin America, but several North American, British and European nations rank among Miami's top foreign buyers, too.

•Spend more on properties than domestic buyers in South Florida.  International clients spend a mean purchase price of $444,000 on properties, which is higher than the mean purchase price of all Florida closed sales ($245,000) and the median sale price in Miami-Dade ($215,000) and Broward ($185,125).

•Purchase higher-end properties compared to all buyers in Florida. About 28% percent of South Florida foreign buyers bought properties valued at $500,001 or more.

•Prefer condominiums in the central/urban areas, which they intend to use mainly for vacation and rental investment purposes.

•International consumers tend to buy homes with more cash versus using financing. About 81% of foreign buyers in South Florida purchase properties all cash. Approximately 90 percent of new construction sales are all cash.

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