South Florida International Property Transactions Account for 36% of Sales Volume -- Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, & Canada Account for 62% of Sales

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Foreign real estate buyers continue to strengthen the Miami and South Florida real estate market, accounting for 36 percent or $6.1 billion of total sales volume, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas, conducted by the 41,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The annual survey, which includes data for Miami-Dade, Broward and this year was expanded to include Palm Beach and Martin counties, ranks countries of origin and highlights key characteristics of foreign buyers.

Mark Sadek, 2016 Chairman of the Board, MIAMI Association of REALTORS

MIAMI members have unparalleled access to foreign buyers compared to the rest of the country.

Foreign real estate buyers continue to strengthen the Miami and South Florida real estate market, accounting for 36 percent or $6.1 billion of total sales volume, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas, conducted by the 41,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The annual survey, which includes data for Miami-Dade, Broward and this year was expanded to include Palm Beach and Martin counties, ranks countries of origin and highlights key characteristics of foreign buyers.

Florida remains the top state for international buyers with 21 percent of all foreign purchases in the U.S., according to NAR’s 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients. In Florida, Miami and Fort Lauderdale account for 50 percent of foreign sales, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida.

There continue to be more foreign buyers in Miami than in the rest of the U.S. The number of MIAMI members working with international buyers increased four points to 74 percent compared to the previous year. That’s more than double the national figure of 35 percent, according to NAR.

“MIAMI members have unparalleled access to foreign buyers compared to the rest of the country,” said Mark Sadek, 2016 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®. “Miami and South Florida attract foreign buyers unlike any other U.S. market and increasingly from a more diverse group of countries. At MIAMI, we are committed to providing our members with the latest and best products, services, resources and opportunities to most effectively identify and serve foreign clients and customers.”

In terms of dollar volume of sales in the MIAMI business area, the majority (78.9 percent) of international sales take place in Miami-Dade County, followed by Broward (18.0 percent), Palm Beach (2.7 percent) and Martin (.03 percent). Unit sales accounted for 22 percent of total sales in South Florida.

Top Countries Investing In South Florida
The top five countries of origin for consumers purchasing properties in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties are:

1. Venezuela
2. Brazil
3. Argentina
4. Colombia
5. Canada
6. Mexico
7. France and Italy

The top five countries or origin for buyers in South Florida - Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Canada - account for 62 percent of total closed sales.

Other top countries of origin include Mexico, France and Italy. Next tier countries are Ecuador, Spain, Russia, Dominican Republic, Chile, China, United Kingdom and Peru.

The top five countries of origin for consumers purchasing properties just in Miami-Dade are:

1. Venezuela
2. Brazil
3. Argentina
4. Colombia
5. Italy and Mexico

Other top countries include Canada, Ecuador, France, and Dominican Republic.

The top countries of origin for consumers buying real estate just in Broward County are:

1. Canada and Venezuela
2. Colombia
3. Argentina
4. Brazil
5. India and Russia

The top countries of origin for consumers buying real estate in Palm Beach County are Canada (32%) and Brazil (28%), while top consumers buying in Martin County are originally from China (51%) and Canada (34%).

Additional Survey Highlights

Foreign buyers South Florida:

  • Spend more on properties than domestic buyers. Foreign buyers paid $590,000 on the average compared to $329,869 (average) and $215,000 (median) locally.
  • Mostly made all-cash transactions (75%).
  • Prefer condominiums (52%) in the central/urban areas (61%), which they intend to use mainly for vacation and rental investment purposes (71%).
  • Intend to use the Property for rental and/or vacation purposes (71%).

Survey results reflect MIAMI’s commitment to increasing South Florida’s real estate brand worldwide and the Miami real estate market’s position as a top international destination. MIAMI has more than 136 partner organizations worldwide and conducts international outreach on a global level.

The survey covers international activity over a 12-month period, from Sept. 2014 to Aug. 2015.

Click here to access the full report.

About the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 96 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 41,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 136 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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