Sunday, March 27, 2016

Miami Tops the List of Markets with the Most Cash Buyers

By Satinder Haer

Miami real estate often steals the spotlight. Whether it’s due to being one of the hardest hit markets during the housing bust or the location of a celebrity’s newest beachfront penthouse, Miami gets its fair share of attention. Now, the city has another claim to fame. Recent data shows that Miami has the largest percentage of cash buyers out of the 51 largest major metros in the nation.

If you’re considering investing orpurchasing in Miami, use this information to make an informed decision. Understanding your market and competition is necessary due to the local nature of real estate.

Changes in Miami Real Estate

Miami’s history shows that the city is no stranger to real estate fluctuations. After the burst of the real estate bubble, Miami home prices and sales fell dramatically—many investors stopped buying homes and regular home buyers were hesitant to purchase. As a popular investor and vacation home market, the slowdown was not a surprise. However, as home sales bounced back, investors once again flocked to Miami and spurred the city’s recovery. In 2012, cash buyers made up 70 percent of the home sales in Miami. While the percentage of cash deals in Miami has dropped in the last few years, Miami is still one of the hottest cash buyer markets.

Even the government is taking interest in the astonishing number of cash deals taking place in Miami. In January 2016 the U.S. Departmentof Treasury announced that title companies handling cash deals in this market will have to reveal the name of any buyer spending more than $3 million. This new regulation will likely impact investors, especially foreign investors who cannot obtain U.S. mortgages and therefore typically make all-cash purchases.

How Miami Compares to Other Florida Metros

Florida is a hot-spot for cash buyer markets. Eight of the 10 top cashbuyer markets as of Q2 2015 were located in Florida. Miami led the way as the number one market with 55 percent cash home sales. Sarasota, Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Tampa, Lakeland, Melbourne and Orlando followed, respectively. Orlando, which was tenth on the list of top cash buyer markets and ranked eighth of the Florida markets, had 44 percent home deals—a full 11 percent less than Miami. Despite the fact that cash deals inMiami have actually gone down from other years, Miami still leads the other cash buyer markets in Florida by a large percentage.

Implications for Buyers

Buyers who are looking at homes in Miami will need to take the large percentage of cash buyers into account. Investors who are willing to put down a lot of cash, or even purchase the property outright, may be more competitive in the Miami market. Many of the cash deals already being facilitated in Miami are likely from investors and could be your competition. On the other hand, investors who purchase high-end or luxury properties may need to consider the implications of the U.S. Treasury’s new disclosure regulation.

Regardless of which situation applies you, use this information to arm yourself before you buy your next property. Knowing the influence of cash in your market can help you make strategic investment decisions.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Miami Design District Restaurants

Miami’s Design District has a distinctive sense of style and poise that makes it more than just a neighborhood, it’s the pinnacle of art and luxury. However its gastronomy can’t be left behind. The best restaurants in the area bring great sensory pleasure with a whimsical interplay of flavors and textures in their food. For those with an impeccable palate, here are four standout restaurants at Design District you shouldn’t miss.
Dedicated to recreate dishes that are simple, rustic and authentic to the villages of Greece and Turkey, with an Old World style wine list that perfectly pair with the food. Gather with your family or friends to be delighted by the smell of fresh baked bread, roasted lamb, grilled fish and homemade specialties. Tripadvisor

Harry’s Pizzeria
Comfortable place, with a casual atmosphere to gather and share local and craft beers, homemade snacks, salads, specials featuring seasonal ingredients and thin-crust pizzas, cooked in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven. With floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic décor and a focal piece painting by local artists. You must experience one of the top restaurants in Miami. Tripadvisor
Through the use of green market sensibility, they serve Italian dishes that scream with flavor to impress your palate, using ingredients selected on the basis of quality, harvest maturity and farming integrity. It’s considered not just one of the best and best-looking restaurant in Miami, it’s also one of the best in America. Tripadvisor

This bakery and cafe offers cakes, pies, and pastries of unparalleled quality to satisfy your sweet tooth. It also serves delicious breakfast, lunch and mid-day snacks and pastries. Taste delicious baked goods in a cozy, country shabby chic décor. Twitter
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