The Real Deal Miami

Foreign investment in South Florida homes totaled $7B in ’17. Here’s where the money came from.

Venezuela outspent other countries in Miami-Dade for second-straight year
By Katherine Kallergis | February 08, 2018 01:30PM

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Despite the residential market’s lackluster year, foreign investors spent $7.1 billion on South Florida homes in 2017, up nearly 15 percent from the previous year’s $6.2 billion.

Leading the pack in South Florida was Argentina with 15 percent of all foreign purchases last year, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. Venezuelans spent the second most in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties with 11 percent, followed by Canada and Colombia with 9 percent each, and Brazil with 8 percent.

Foreign buyers picked up 15,400 residential properties last year, up more than 40 percent from the 10,900 homes international buyers closed on in 2016, according to the report.

In Miami-Dade, which captured 51 percent of foreign deals in South Florida, Venezuelans spent the most of any other country with 12 percent, as the wealthy continue to move their money to the U.S. amid the political and economic crisis in their home country. The South Florida cities of Doral, nicknamed “Dorazuela,” and Weston, also known as “Westonzuela” are home to large Venezuelan populations.

Buyers from Argentina and Brazil spent the second-most in Miami with 9 percent. Colombians represented 5 percent and French buyers accounted for 4 percent. Ecuador and Italy tied for the fifth spot with only 3 percent.

In Broward and Palm Beach counties, foreign residential investment is led by Canadians. Canadian investment represented 12 percent of all international purchases in Broward last year, and a whopping 31 percent in Palm Beach.

Here’s the breakdown:

Broward

  1. Canada: 12%
  2. Argentina: 8%
  3. Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela: 6%

Palm Beach

  1. Canada: 31%
  2. Brazil: 15%