A Tale of Two Cities: Broward County Steady, While Miami Struggles

The first half of 2016 has been a regular slugfest for Miami’s housing market, but the grass seems a bit greener for its neighbor to the north.

While sales in Miami-Dade continue their downward slope, Broward County saw a moderate uptick for both closed sales and prices during June, according to a new report from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors association.

A total of 1,635 condos and townhomes were sold in Broward last month, marking a 4.4 percent jump in closed deals year-over-year. Single-family homes saw a slightly higher 4.8 percent jump in sales, coming out to 1,805 properties sold.

Although the numbers are by no means earth shattering, they’re a far cry from the market woes in Miami and Miami Beach. A second quarter report from brokerage Douglas Elliman showed sales fell as much as 24 percent, year-over-year in certain areas, signaling a market correction could be on its way.

Back in Broward, housing prices continued their steady rise during June. The median price for condos and townhouses hit $149,250 last month, spiking by 10.4 percent year-over-year. Single-family homes had a more moderate price increase of 7.3 percent, standing at a median of $325,000 in June.

And the inventory pile-up that’s slowing down Miami-Dade was nowhere to be seen in Broward. Active inventory for single-family homes fell 10 percent to 5,490 properties in June, while condos saw a slight inventory uptick of 1.8 percent to 8,641 units. The past 12 months have been a constant squeeze on single-family housing inventory, according to the association, while new condos entering the market are starting to level out year-over-year after a significant influx that started in February.

While both sectors of the market grew during June, the association’s figures show Broward’s true strength is in its single-family homes. Dollar volume for home sales hit $682 million in June, more than double that of condo’s $307.8 million. And for the past 12 months, year-over-year home sales haven’t fallen once — something Broward’s more volatile condo market can’t boast.

Source: The Real Deal

Top Buyers of U.S. Real Estate are Chinese for 4th Year

Chinese buyers were the top foreign purchasers of U.S. real estate for the fourth year in a row, a survey released Wednesday showed.

The National Association of Realtors reported that Chinese buyers bought 29,195 properties worth $27.3 billion in the 12 months ending March 2016. At a median price of $542,084, the typical Chinese purchase was more than double the median U.S. existing-home price of $223,058, showing that the acquisitions were made by the burgeoning Chinese elite.

Chinese purchases were more than triple that of the number-two nation, Canada, which had $8.9 billion of U.S. properties. India ranked third with $6.1 billion of purchases, and Mexico fourth at $4.8 billion.

That said, foreign purchases of U.S. real estate actually declined slightly, by 1.3% to $102.6 billion of residential property. The NAR said that decline came due to a stronger U.S. dollar and a weak global economy, as well as rising U.S. house prices.

Even the Chinese purchases fell, by 4.5%.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the NAR, said British purchases may subside after the vote to leave the European Union, which has sent the pound GBPUSD, -0.9906% down sharply. Britain accounted for $5.5 billion worth of purchases in this survey, ranking fifth-highest.

Latin Americans, Europeans and Canadians mostly sought properties in Florida and Arizona. California and New York drew the most Asian buyers, the NAR said.

Source: Marketwatch