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REAL ESTATE vs. STOCK MARKET

South Florida’s housing market looks poised to benefit from the stock market’s volatility. Since the middle of June, people active in the stock market have had to endure widespread swings, almost on a daily basis. Concerns about the weakness of the global economy, falling commodity prices, currency fluctuations, geopolitical turmoil, and worldwide terror threats are… read more.

FORT LAUDERDALE – AN EMERGING BUSINESS HUB

Fort Lauderdale has a reputation for beautiful beaches, great weather, boating and a myriad of entertainment options. But, over the past 30+ years, Fort Lauderdale has also evolved into a dynamic and diverse city with a thriving business center. While tourism and marine related businesses are the backbone of the local economy, Fort Lauderdale is… read more.

FORT LAUDERDALE – A CITY ON THE MOVE

Perceptions about the South Florida real estate market have changed dramatically since 2011. The general mood at the time was a sense of cautious optimism. Today, South Florida has become one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Forbes Magazine ranked Miami as one of the top ten cities for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and… read more.

FORT LAUDERDALE’S APPEAL

Forty-two new condo buildings with nearly 3,300 units are currently proposed for the City of Fort Lauderdale as compared to approximately 15 buildings with less than 800 units proposed back in June 2014, according to Peter Zalewski of Crane Spotters. Due to a lack of oceanfront sites in Miami and higher land acquisition costs, some… read more.

CONDO BOOM HEADS NORTH

Is Fort Lauderdale becoming the new Miami? Developers and investors seem to think so. For many years, Fort Lauderdale was known as a spring break destination where hotel rates were inexpensive and the city catered to the college crowd. Now, with chic new hotels and significantly higher room rates, more sophisticated visitors and buyers are… read more.

UPDATE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN SOUTH FLORIDA

As the U.S. dollar continues to gain strength against foreign currencies, the buying power of foreign real estate investors is weakening. The currency devaluations along with other destabilizing economic and political factors in Latin America and Russia are making it harder for buyers from those countries to purchase U.S. real estate. During the 12 month… read more.

DESIGNER PROPERTIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA

One difference between South Florida today and South Florida a few years ago is the sheer numbers of ultra-high net worth buyers coming to buy second or third homes. These buyers are looking for the “wow” factor. They relate to designer names such as Porsche, Armani, and Fendi. Developers are embracing the notion that homes,… read more.

PROTECTING CONDOMINIUM INVESTMENTS

In the 1970’s, developers had prime waterfront locations on which to build luxury high rise condominiums and then selling them to upscale buyers from around the world at relatively high prices. Most were located directly on the sand and had state-of-the-art amenities for their time. Fast forward to today and we have a new condo… read more.

AN UPDATE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN SOUTH FLORIDA

The South Florida corridor between Fort Lauderdale and Miami has become the area of choice for international buyers. Condo developers have reacted to this demand with 325 new towers and approximately 41,000 proposed units. Of that number, over 13,000 units are under construction, waiting to close or have already closed. Latin Americans, who fear the… read more.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2015

Real estate is the backbone of the economy. The robust performance of the South Florida real estate market in 2012, 2013 and 2014 has strengthened the local economy, created jobs, increased spending and boosted consumer confidence. After two years of double digit appreciation, prices moderated in 2014 to single digit appreciation levels and looking ahead… read more.