The Real Deal Miami

The top 10 SF real estate stories of the year

By Sarabeth Sanders | December 29, 2010 02:24PM

From left: Vanilla Ice, NBA star-turned Miami real estate pro John Crotty, new Miami Heat star LeBron James and a view of Miami Beach

Between the ongoing foreclosure crisis, still-declining home prices and an ominous
proclamation by Moody’s that a full residential recovery may elude
the area for another two decades, there wasn’t a ton of good news for South Florida
real estate this year — but there was some. A slew of high-powered athletes moved
into the tri-county region, including a certain trio of Miami Heat newbies, and brokers
clamored for their attention. Meanwhile, residential market activity picked up on the
whole, spurred by foreign, all-cash buyers and short sales. The Real Deal’s readers have spoken on their 10 favorite South Florida real estate stories of the year, and here they are, ranked by the number of page views between Jan. 1 and Dec. 28.

1. Former NBA point guard thrives in commercial real estate 

2. South Florida residential market won’t rebound until 2030 

3. Vanilla Ice talks to The Real Deal about his real estate career 

4. My short sale success story 

5. LeBron James seeks counsel from rabbi to the real estate stars 

6. Miami Beach buyers turn to all-cash 

7. Affordable housing presses on despite plunging property values 

8. Realtors see the strangest things at open houses 

9. Sterling names new VP 

10. Single-family market showing signs of life