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The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® features a half-page article each week in The Miami Herald –International Edition, promoting MIAMI Members and the South Florida real estate market to affluent consumers in Latin America and Europe.

  • El Clásico Miami Shines International Spotlight on South Florida

    by | Aug 09, 2017

    Thousands of soccer fans from around the globe flocked to Miami to watch one of the most monumental soccer matches of the year. Spanish soccer supernovas FC Barcelona and Real Madrid faced off in front of 65,000 fans on July 29 in El Clásico Miami — the teams’ first meeting on U.S. soil and second in history away from Spain.

    The highly-anticipated friendly, which included many of the world’s top soccer players like Lionel Messi and Neymar, brought thousands of fans and millions of dollars to South Florida and showcased Miami as an international destination. The event crystalized what Miami residents already know: Miami is a top-tier, international city with abundant live, work and play opportunities.

    Miami, which has hosted the most Super Bowls of any U.S. city, had an incredible July, which is typically a slow time of the year for events. In addition to hosting El Clásico in July, Miami hosted its first-ever Major League Baseball All-Star Game and its annual Swim Week.

    El Clásico Miami Broadcast in 170 Countries
    Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and the top sport in South America. According to FIFA’s most recent Big Count survey, there are 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, roughly about 4 percent of the world’s population.

    Miami, which attracts most of its international home buyers from South America, is the most international city in the United States with 51 percent of its residents foreign-born.

    El Clásico Miami at Hard Rock Stadium was part of the annual exhibition club competition called the International Champions Cup (ICC). The tournament began in the United States five years ago but has since expanded to include numerous countries around the globe including China and Singapore.

    The ICC currently holds over 65 TV agreements and the tournament is broadcast in over 170 countries and territories worldwide. Global coverage reached over 100 million cumulative TV viewers.

    The match’s international impact could also be viewed in its ticket sales. Only 30 percent of the tickets for El Clásico Miami were purchased by South Florida residents. The other 70 percent came from all over the United States, and more than 50 other countries and territories. 

    Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Honduras were the top foreign countries buying the $240-and-up individual tickets. Ticket orders came from as far as Australia, China, Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and United Arab Emirates.

    Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, and all seven Central American countries also bought tickets.

    El Clásico Miami’s Super Bowl Impact
    Overall, El Clásico is projected to generate between $50 million and $100 million in economic impact, according to ICC forecasting. Locals compared the event to the impact from a Super Bowl.

    El Clásico wasn’t just one soccer match. The event had another soccer match between popular French team Paris Saint-Germain and Italian giant Juventus, a free downtown soccer festival, a boxing match in Wynwood and more.

    Miami-Dade County's hotel occupancy rate was 91 during El Clásico Miami, according to The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

    Super Bowl 2020 in Miami
    El Clásico Miami sets the stage for Miami’s next showcase. Miami is set to host the most-watched U.S. sporting event: the 2020 Super Bowl.

    The Dolphins play in state-of-the-art Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Owner Stephen Ross spent roughly a half billion dollars to modernize the stadium last year. The improvements included a $250 million shaded canopy. The Dolphins’ home stadium has hosted five Super Bowls, America’s most-watched sporting event. Miami will host another Super Bowl in 2020, the NFL announced.

    Hard Rock Stadium isn’t just for football. The Brazil men’s national team will play a series of matches at Hard Rock; Real Madrid will visit the stadium in 2017. The stadium is also Miami-Dade County’s only true outdoor concert venue. The stadium plans to host major music festivals and more.

    Miami: An Athlete’s Paradise
    International home buyers want world-class entertainment, and Miami’s three major sports squads are providing it in new or relatively new venues. The NBA’s Miami Heat, Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins and NFL’s Miami Dolphins have each won championships and gained international recognition.

    Downtown Miami’s resurgence was underway when LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010, but his team’s success helped encourage residents, business owners and developers to relocate or do more business in Miami.

    Today, Downtown Miami has more than doubled its population to 80,000 in the last decade. named Downtown Miami as the nation’s fourth-fastest growing neighborhood. Downtown cultural institutions like the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Perez Art Museum are attracting new residents and businesses.


  • Colombians Lead All Global Consumers Searching South Florida Real Estate

    by | Aug 02, 2017

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    Colombia continues to be the top foreign country searching for South Florida real estate on the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) website, according to new statistics from the nation’s largest local Realtor group. Colombia registered the most South Florida property searches among all countries on MIAMI’s portal,, in May 2017.
    Colombia has led the MIAMI property search rankings in 13 of the last 18 months. Venezuela and Brazil finished second and third, respectively. Canada — a top international market for South Florida real estate — moved into the top-four countries, its highest finish since it took third in June 2015.
    “Miami consistently ranks among the most-searched U.S. real estate market globally,” said Coral Gables Realtor Christopher Zoller, the 2017 MIAMI chairman of the board. “Our new data shows that while Miami is a destination for Latin American home buyers it is also a major hotspot for consumers from Canada, India, France, Spain and other countries.”


    Top-10 countries visiting in May 2017:
    1.    Colombia        
    2.    Venezuela
    3.    Brazil
    4.    Canada         
    5.    Argentina              
    6.    India              
    7.    France
    8.    Spain
    9.    United Kingdom
    10.  Mexico

    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

    Colombia: A Top Market for South Florida Real Estate
    Colombian home buyers tied with Brazil in making the third-most international purchases in South Florida, according to the 2016 Profile of International Home Buyers of MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) Members. Colombia had a 10 percent share of all international purchases in South Florida. Venezuela (15 percent) and Argentina (11 percent) finished first and second, respectively.

    Colombian consumers had the fifth-highest average purchase price ($388,000) among South Florida international clients, according to the 2016 MIAMI report. Brazil had the highest ($775,000).

    Colombia home buyers rank fourth among top international buyers in Miami-Dade County (8 percent), second in Broward County (17 percent) and tied for fourth in Palm Beach County (4 percent).
    New York Leads All States in Miami Real Estate Searches
    New York registered the most domestic Miami web searches in May 2017. Georgia had led the domestic rankings from February to April, 2017. New York topped the rankings from May 2016 to November 2016.

    The top-10 U.S. states searching in May:
    2017: 1) New York, 2) Georgia, 3) California, 4) Texas, 5) North Carolina, 6) Illinois, 7) District of Colombia, 8) Virginia, 9) New Jersey, 10) Massachusetts

    2016: 1) New York, 2) Georgia, 3) Texas, 4) California, 5) Illinois, 6) Massachusetts, 7) North Carolina, 8) Pennsylvania, 9) District of Colombia, 10) Minnesota

    South Florida is the Most Searched U.S. Market by International Consumers
    Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach finished as the No. 2 U.S. market for international consumers in May 2017, according to South Florida ranked No. 1 in March and April 2017.

    Top-10 U.S. markets for international real estate demand:

    1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
    3. Bellingham, WA
    4. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    5. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
    6. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI
    7. Urban Honolulu, HI
    8. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
    9. El Centro, CA
    10. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

    South Florida ranked as a top-five market for consumers in five of the world’s six largest regions in May 2017. South Florida finished as the most-searched U.S. market in South America and Western Asia.

    ● North America:
    1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA;
    2. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI;
    3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX;
    4. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD;
    5. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

    ● Northern Europe:
    1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA;
    2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA;
    3. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL;
    4. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL;
    5. Lakeland, FL

    ● Western Europe:
    1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA;
    2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL;
    3. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA;
    4. Tampa, FL;
    5. Dallas, TX

    ● Australia and New Zealand:
    1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA;
    2. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA;
    3. Dallas, TX;
    4. Houston, TX;
    5. San Francisco

    ● South America:
    1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL;
    2. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL;
    3. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA;
    4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA;
     5. Chicago, IL

    ● Western Asia:
    1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL;
    2. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA;
    3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA;
    4. Washington, D.C.;
    5. Chicago

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