Miami-Dade condo sales fell back down again last week, likely thanks in part to the July 4 holiday.

The county recorded 109 closings for a total of $55 million, up from the previous week’s $79.2 million sales volume. Condos last week sold for an average price of about $503,000 or $366 per square foot.

The priciest deal was the $5.45 million sale of unit 1002 at Mansions at Acqualina. The 4,609-square-foot condo traded hands for nearly $1,200 per square foot. It was listed with Yansy Checa. Marla Cohen brought the buyer.

The second most expensive condo closing last week was the $3.5 million sale of unit 1204-S at Oceana Key Biscayne. The 1,873-square-foot condo was on the market for slightly over a year. Bruno Ricci represented the seller, and Giulietta Ulloa brought the buyer.

Closing prices in the top 10 deals ranged from about $1.5 million to the $5.5 million Mansions at Acqualina unit.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 sales from July 1 to July 7. Click on the map for more information:

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Mansions at Acqualina #1002, Sunny Isles Beach | 67 days on market | $5.45M | $1,182 psf | Listing agent: Yansy Checa | Buyer’s agent: Marla Cohen

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According to the Miami Association of Realtors, luxury home sales in Miami posted double-digit gains while existing condominium transactions surged year-over-year in December 2017.

Luxury ($1 million-and-above) existing Miami condo sales jumped 47.6 percent year-over-year, from 42 to 62. Luxury Miami single-family home sales rose 16.7 percent, from 60 to 70. Existing Miami condo sales increased 6.5 percent year-over-year in December, while single-family transactions stayed effectively even (down 0.7 percent).

“Strong pent-up demand for Miami luxury single-family and condominiums fueled December’s strong home sales,” said George Jalil, a Miami broker and the 2018 MIAMI chairman of the board. “Luxury sellers are becoming more realistic with their asking prices, and buyers are coming off the sidelines. Federal tax reform is also starting to have an impact as more Northeastern buyers are opting to purchase in Miami to escape the higher taxes they could face in states like New York and New Jersey.”

Federal tax reform, which was signed into law Dec. 22, 2017, sets a deductions cap for income, sales and property taxes at $10,000. The new cap could lead more residents of states with high property values and state income tax to purchase properties in states such as Florida, which has no state income tax and a pro-business tax structure.

Total Miami Home Sales, Dollar Volume Increase in December

Total existing Miami-Dade County residential sales — which posted a record year in 2013 and near record years in 2014 and 2015 — increased 2.9 percent year-over-year from 2,156 to 2,219.

Miami existing condo sales — which are competing with one of the most robust new construction markets in the country — increased 6.5 percent year-over-year, from 1,084 to 1,154. Single-family home sales decreased 0.7 percent, from 1,072 to 1,065.

Lack of access to mortgage loans continues to inhibit further growth of the existing condominium market. Of the 9,307 condominium buildings in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, only 12 are approved for Federal Housing Administration loans, down from 29 last year, according to Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and FHA.

Total sales volume for all properties accounted for $983.5 million last month, up 23.2% from $797.9 million a year ago. Sales don’t include Miami’s multi-billion dollar new construction condo market.    Click Here to Read More on World Property Journal

Many Brazilians are buying at such condo developments as One Thousand Museum, Three Hundred Collins and Turnberry Ocean Club.

Many wealthy Brazilians are buying real estate in the Miami area again after a retreat during the last two years.

Fernando de Nuñez y Lugones, executive vice president of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, told Mansion Global that Brazilians are starting to buy more U.S. properties after many of them canceled purchases last year.

De Nuñez cited a recent increase in Brazilian interest in units at Turnberry Ocean Club, a 54-story condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, where 21 percent of the international buyers have been Brazilians.

At Three Hundred Collins in Miami Beach, Brazilians have bought four of the 16 luxury condos sold so far during the construction phase of the 19-unit development, which has units priced from $1.7 million to $9 million. Three Hundred Collins is expected to be completed in October.

Louis Birdman, co-developer of One Thousand Museum, a 62-story condominium in Miami designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, said 40 percent to 45 percent of the preconstruction buyers are Latin Americans, and more than half of the Latin buyers are Brazilians.

Many wealthy Brazilians are buying real estate in the Miami area again after a retreat during the last two years. Fernando de Nuñez y Lugones, executive vice president of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, told Mansion Global that Brazilians are starting to buy more U.S. properties after many of them canceled purchases last year. De Nuñez cited a recent increase in Brazilian interest in units at Turnberry Ocean Club, a 54-story condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, where 21 percent of the international buyers have been Brazilians. At Three Hundred Collins in Miami Beach, Brazilians have bought four of the 16 luxury condos sold so far during the construction phase of the 19-unit development, which has units priced from $1.7 million to $9 million. Three Hundred Collins is expected to be completed in October. Louis Birdman, co-developer of One Thousand Museum, a 62-story condominium in Miami designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, said 40 percent to 45 percent of the preconstruction buyers are Latin Americans, and more than half of the Latin buyers are Brazilians. Click Here to Read More on The Real Deal

 

From South Beach to Fort Lauderdale, hotel properties were hot tickets in South Florida’s commercial real estate market this year, often fetching top dollar from investors looking to grow their foothold in the region.

Even with news of a possible oversupply in some cities and the Zika virus hurting tourism, the hospitality industry was the grounds for many of South Florida’s priciest real estate deals in 2016. The Real Deal compiled the five most-expensive hotel trades that closed this year for your reading pleasure.

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