Construction Continues in Southern Florida Counties


Miami Condominiums

 In May of 2011, developers started building high-rise constructions in southern Miami at a fast pace. It began about three years ago with the area’s first pre-construction launch party. The latest condominium building to be completed is number 50 on the list, and it will be located within the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach coastal region.


Jorge Perez of the development firm the Related Group is largely responsible for the boom that southern Florida is experiencing. He got an early start by holding a ceremonial groundbreaking for the SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell on January 22. This ambitious undertaking will contain 52 floors of 453 condominium homes and 132 hotel suites and will be situated in Greater Miami.


Originally, there were other plans for the land where the hotel will stand. It was going to house the Infinity at Brickell II during the last phase of the boom/bust housing market. The difference in the Miami real estate climate can also be seen by the fact that developers recently completed construction of a condominium tower that contains 7,100 homes.


Developers do not plan to slow their building down this year. They have 186 projects that are either currently being constructed or are in the planning stage. This means that the area between Key Biscayne and Jupiter will have a total of 25,150 new units constructed within their borders this year. An analysis of records from the Clerk of the Court shows that the current boom is much bigger than the previous housing boom that began in 2003 and ended in 2007. At that time, only 243 towers that contained 49,000 units were constructed within Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.


The Related Group plans to participate in the current boom with 29 new condominium towers that will house 7,500 new units. The firm has already gotten started and has 10 projects in construction now. During the previous housing bust, the Related Group was involved in 24 condominium projects that contained 9,100 units.


The Related Group is not the only development company that is taking part in the current housing boom. Miami condo towers are also being constructed by Martin C. Margulies, Melo Group, Key International, Fortune Development and Dezer Development. Along with these veteran developers, there are also new ones who have never constructed properties in southern Florida before. They are building impressive condominium towers such as Oceana Bal Harbour in Bal Harbour and Regalia tower in Sunny Isles Beach.    


People have mentioned that the fact that there are new developers may be cause for concern because they are unfamiliar with how southern Florida’s housing market works. During the previous boom, lenders financed projects with 70 percent of the money needed to complete the buildings. Now, buyers are largely responsible for funding these ventures. This means that buyers must offer a 50 percent deposit rather than the 20 percent they offered previously. Even so, buyers are not shying away from purchasing at this time, so it looks as if the housing boom will continue.   

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