2017 has seen a surge of new interest amongst Brazilian buyers after they pulled back in 2015 and 2016, while also seen continued strength from Colombian buyers. Miami has long been a common home for South American flight capital, as wealthy South Americans seek to move their assets out of their countries due to crime and political instability. Colombia has seen an increase in flight capital and Miami has seen a spike in interest from their wealthy buyers over the past several years as their government formally ratified a peace deal with FARC, a guerrilla activist group, after it was rejected by voters (On June 27, 2017, FARC officially demilitarized and handed over their weaponry to the UN). Brazilians have seen a volatile economy, crime and political turmoil effect their country. Unfortunately these same political factors, along with a strengthening Brazilian Real against the dollar put a slowdown on Brazilian buyers in Miami over the past 2 years (2015, '16). Now amid further uncertainty, many wealthy Brazilians have once again set their sites on moving their assets to the United States via Miami.
According to the MIAMI Association of REALTORS, Colombia leads all foreign countries in searches for Miami real estate, followed by Venezuela and Brazil. Colombia and Venezuela remained unchanged year over year as Brazil moved up from 5th, passing the United Kingdom and Argentina. According to Mansions Global, Turnberry Ocean Club is reporting that 21% of their international buyers have been Brazilian and One Thousand Museum is reporting that over 20% of their pre-construction buyers are Brazilian. Three Hundred Collins has seen 25% of their current pre-construction sales go under contract to Brazilian buyers and the building is over 80% sold.
“As Miami evolved from a tourist city to a global metropolis, we’ve seen more diversified foreign home buyers search and buy properties here. It’s no longer just South America. It is home buyers in India, China, Turkey, France and other countries who want to live the Miami lifestyle,” said Christopher Zoller, 2017 MIAMI Chairman of the Board.
Top 10 Countries Visiting Miamire.com in March 2017:
- Dominican Republic