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  • Colombia tops all Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

    by | Aug 06, 2016

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    Carlos Gutierrez, P.A.
    2016 Residential President
    MIAMI Association of Realtors®

    Colombia continues to lead all foreign countries searching for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI's search portal,, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months.

    South Florida is the No. 1 U.S. market for international consumers in May 2016, according to

    Colombia:A Top Market for South Florida Real Estate
    Colombian home buyers tied with Argentinians in purchasing the third-most Miami real estate among foreign countries, according to the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers in Miami Association of Realtors Business Areas. Colombia registered 10 percent of all foreign South Florida transactions, according to the survey conducted by MIAMI and the National Association of REALTORS. Only Venezuelan (13 percent) and Brazilian (12 percent) buyers purchased more.

    Colombians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Colombians spend the second-most on South Florida property among foreign buyers. The $516,000 average purchase price of Colombians tied with Argentina and only trailed Brazil ($766,000), according to the 2015 survey.

    Surging Interest from Spain, India
    Spain posted the fifth-most searches of South Florida real estate in May. It was the country's highest finish since it took sixth in June 2013. India, meanwhile, continues to show strong interest in Miami properties.

    The top-10 countries visiting in May 2016:

    1. Colombia
    2. Venezuela
    3. Argentina
    4. Brazil
    5. Spain
    6. India
    7. Canada
    8. Israel
    9. Philippines
    10. Mexico

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