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Downtown Miami Condo Sales Plateau

Is the Miami multifamily boom over? Integra Realty Resources principal Anthony Graziano tells us that trends now point to the "stabilization of an active real estate market."

1. Supply's Catching Up To Demand


The Downtown condo market in particular is approaching equilibrium, as sales to Latin Americans begin to hit a plateau and construction costs rise, Anthony points out, citing a just-released study by Integra Realty conducted for the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Fewer buyers, rising construction costs and swelling land prices will result in fewer developers coming to market.

2. Rents To Peak Soon


Rental rates continue to rise in Downtown Miami. The current asking rate is almost $3,300 per month, confirming Downtown Miami’s status as one of the hottest luxury markets in the nation, with rates now close to par with South Beach. But rents should begin to decline or at least plateau as new product comes on the market. Nearly 2,600 rental units are under construction and more than 1,000 of these are to be delivered this year.

3. The Impact of a Stronger Dollar


Weakened currencies in Europe and Latin America against the dollar are causing international buyers to rethink their buys, which is driving slower unit pre-sales in Downtown Miami, Anthony notes. With China’s currency gaining against the dollar, however, Chinese investors will become a larger player in Greater Downtown Miami’s real estate market.