The Weekly Dirt: Short-term rental-friendly condos eating up more of Miami’s housing pie

Brokerage chief Craig Studnicky warns of potential shortage of traditional units

Weekly Dirt: Look at Miami’s Short-term Rental Condo Boom
ISG World CEO Craig Studnicky

A recent report found that just over half of the pipeline of new condos planned or under construction consists of short-term, rental-friendly projects.

The ISG report, which tracks new projects from Miami’s Coconut Grove to Hillsboro Beach that are east of I-95, stated that of the more than 20,600 condos in the works, 50.1 percent of those units will be able to be rented out with few to no restrictions, like an Airbnb-type of condo. 

We have said this before, but it’s true. Developers are flocking to this trend because of strong buyer demand. More sales means construction lenders are more likely to provide loans, which means developers can get these projects built and sold. That’s a great proposition, especially when it’s so hard to build other property types, like multifamily. 

So why am I pointing this out?

For many end-user buyers, single-family homes are now unattainable because of the huge gains in home prices. That means condos offer buyers the greatest range in price and size. But the vast majority of existing condo resale inventory as of March 31 is 30 years or older, according to the report. 

Though older condos may be less expensive to buy, they’re typically harder to finance and increasingly more expensive to maintain in the wake of the deadly Surfside condo collapse. 

Craid Studnicky, CEO of ISG World, told me he is sick of talking about short-term rentals. These types of projects “never appreciate in value because the income people expect is never realized,” he said. 

He wants developers to build traditional condos, and a lot of them. It also doesn’t help that many of the traditional new condos planned or under construction are more expensive to purchase than units at the short-term rental condo projects. 

Last week, at the ribbon cutting for the Aston Martin Residences, a condo tower in downtown Miami that was in the works for a decade, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez praised the Coto family, the developer of the luxury project. 

“With your help we will end homelessness in a major city in America,” he said. 

This was a head-scratcher for me, as unit prices go up to $59 million for the penthouse, the only unit remaining. 

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Weekly Dirt: Look at Miami’s Short-term Rental Condo Boom
428 South Hibiscus Drive

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