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Creating a realtor’s network: How to start doing better networking.

 

As a realtor, you can have tons of years in the market. But your experience will never make it alone, if you don’t assign time to do some networking. Allocating some hours in your agenda to do this kind of work, will assure you a better outcome in the real estate industry.

 

Most of the time, to be visible in your area is important. It turns out in the real estate market it’s inevitable. Our bet is, networking will be your chance to build a reputation, to work on your personal brand and finally, to get better and bigger real estate clients.

 

Why and how can a real estate agent do networking?

 

Almost every real estate agent knows that, by networking, no matter if it’s a big gala or a small affair, they will be achieving some goals:

 

  • More involvement in the community.
  • Better lasting relationships.
  • An increase in their referrals.

 

Nevertheless, there are two things worth noting here:

 

  • Relationships don’t necessarily have to be made with people belonging to the real-estate market. You can build trust with lenders, tax attorneys, or home inspectors. Any professional you believe that could ever help you serve your clients will be worthy of your time. 
  • If you are the only or one in the few real estate agents in the room, for sure you’ll get everybody’s eyes on you. It will be a great opportunity to exchange cards with possible future investors. So, don’t just pick events in the real estate industry.

 

Get your name out there

 

Not only can you search among the existing events the ones that adjust to your expectations, but you can create one of your own. What about designing an event to attract just the people you need and creating the database of your dreams? Let’s see some key points when it’s time to be the host:

 

  • Think about topics in which you can add value. Invite proper speakers or industry referents that can also provide their own points of view, enriching your speech.
  • Bring in different kinds of prospects. Design an ideal network that can help you reach your prospects. Make yourself a question: who could you work with as an associate? 
  • Prepare impactful presentation resources (images, videos, performance) and a personal story to share, that will help you create engagement. Most important, don’t forget to be honest with your audience, what are you expecting of them? Why are they investing their time on your event?

 

At last, but not least, don’t forget people want to have fun. Don’t make it all about business, get some entertainment to amuse your audience. The more family-friendly it gets, the more they will love your event.

 

Finally out there

 

When you finally make the time, hopefully the habit of creating or attending an event, be sure you get the most of it. Squeeze out your scheduled events to get, not the more connections you could, but the best ones. This is not about a figure, but about the quality of your network. This means you should try to make real conversations, to engage with people on a more profound level, introducing yourself in a memorable way and being reachable at a later time when they try to reconnect with you.

 

What do you think about networking? How do you do it yourself?

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Why Brickell is a great place to live in the US.

United States, Florida, Miami, Downtown Miami, Brickell. You’ve found the major financial district in Miami. Go beyond and you’ll find Brickell key, an island that provides the best views of the neighborhood.

 

Its look & feel, gastronomy, connectivity plus convenience and its creative culture, are the key items turning Brickell into a massive new construction center. Everybody wants to live in this Florida area, that has tripled its population since 2000. Some of us know that Florida gets 900 new inhabitants per day, being the second fastest growing destination in the US, after Texas. Brickell is now the hot spot in the whole place.

 

In just a couple of years more, Brickell, that is the downtown of Miami, is projected to have 109.000 residents. Today, it has 92.000, just do the maths. What is that makes Brickell especially appealing? Let’s see.

 

The 7 more appealing reasons to live in Brickell

 

  • There’s fluency of visitors that choose Brickell instead of the beach. It’s a mecca for brands that search interaction with millennials. Business opportunities, art installations, international cuisine. New restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as almost perfect weather, ideal for South American people, are just some of the first reasons to choose Brickell.

 

  • In Brickell corridor and Brickell key there’s an explosion of investments in new construction. Condos, office buildings, mixed-use developments and apartments, are just some of the types of properties about to be born in the neighborhood.

 

  • 85% of real estate buyers in the area are from countries like Argentina, Mexico, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain and Italy, choosing among great condos like Brickell Flatiron or 1010 Brickell. Brickell City Center.

 

  • If you are looking for an urban core New-York stylish, Brickell could be your place. Its financial district feels more new yorker, rather than Miami. The Metromover will take you to different spots like Bayside Marketplace, American Airlines Arena, Miami-Dade County School Board or Miami-Dade College, for free. 21 stations to different destinations, 5:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, as its website states. You’ll also find the best European brands like Le Roy René, Mirto or Acqua di Parma. 

 

  • If shopping or doing business is not your thing, we are sure you’ll be dragged into the interactive science museum (Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science) or the Pérez Art Museum Miami, two of the youngest museums in Miami. You’ll also find plenty of international exhibits or Miami-based artists.

 

  • In Brickell you can find the top spot for sushi in Miami, NAOE. If you are more fan of the Italian food, you’ll have options like Casa Tua or La Centrale. For South Americans missing their local food, La Mar or Quinto La Huella are options that will suit them.

 

  • Brickell is located, by car, 15 minutes away from Miami Airport, 15 minutes away from South Beach (5th and Ocean), 6 minutes away from the American Airlines Arena and 30 minutes away from the Bal Harbour Shops. The neighborhood is surrounded by  Little Havana, Allapattah, Coral Way, Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami neighborhoods.

 

Gyms, salons, spas, like the premier one at Mandarin Oriental, will provide facial and body treatments. For your mental health, relaxation at a terrace with an amazing view or at a docked yacht will both be good options. Brickell is not only a financial center, but also a place to enjoy. Since those times when it was only a patch of office buildings, it has developed into a place to really check out, a best-kept secret in Miami.

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Everything you need to know before investing in pre-construction condos in the US.

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When you think of buying a pre-construction condo in the US, you are approaching the idea of investing almost in a dream. If you are lucky, you will count on floor plans, renders, or blueprints that will help you make an idea of the possible outcome. On the other hand, you’ll have a stronger vote when it comes to choices on the future building, and for sure you’ll be offered a great discount, as you’re in some way, financing the whole construction. So, what is there to take into account? How can you reduce the risks and make the most of the advantages? When it comes to buying a pre-construction condo in the US, you should consider the pros and cons, and be alert on some items following.

 

What you should know before investing in pre-construction condos in the US.

 

You’ll find out a pre-construction building has different stages in a very visible timeline. Those are:

 

  • Reservation. The developer is still making plans. There are only blueprints and renders available, all of them can change a lot before the completion of the project. First-tier pricing is available for you if you sign up early to the project. Thus, one of our stronger suggestions is that you enter as soon as possible. You’ll not only be getting the deepest discounts but also be able, in most cases, to place a deposit without even buying the whole unit at this point. Work with a well-known broker so that you can rest on him. For sure deposit requirements will not be hard to achieve and, if you cancel during the first stages, most probably it will be with no penalties. Also, if you get in early, you’ll have a wider selection of units to pick. Whether you are an investor buying multiple units or if you are buying your house, this is a convenient stage to get in.

 

  • Contract. This stage of the projects begins with approval. The government will release the purchase agreement to those who already made a reservation. After this agreement, you’ll get 15 more days to go over everything before penalties for canceling start to be in force. For sure you’ll have to make another deposit and prices have increased since reservation phase. On the good side, if you enter at this point, you’ll have more certainty the project will be completed.

 

  • Breaking ground. 18-24 months is the average lasting of the construction phase for luxury buildings. Your capital will be multiplied at this point, although you’ll be requested new payments at certain milestones. If these are too surprising or come at a moment you have an adjusted budget, you can rely on a mortgage loan.

 

  • Completion. After construction come inspections. And after inspections, you can close on your condo. You’ll realize you’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars because of getting in early. You can now take ownership and if you want to, reselling at a lucrative price.

 

Search for the experts

 

Buying a pre-construction condo in the US is not hard. Only, if you are not an experienced buyer or investor, you should look for advice. Realtors on trend will help you choosing the best options, entering the project at the right timing and asses you with mortgage loan options if you are in need of.

 

If you also need assessment or advice on your finance to invest in this project, or if you’re not resident, you can contact us. We are experienced lenders when it comes to foreign national mortgages, knowing very well the Miami, Orlando, Texas and Colorado real estate markets, each of them with their particularities, and we can also assess you on the locations, neighborhoods, developers, and some other factors that may affect your future property.

 

When you choose to invest in a pre-construction condo in the US, you’re getting into an exciting proposition and you need to plan diligently and work with the best advisors you can get. In the end, your vision and your encouragement, but also your network, will drive you to success.

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5 steps to become a starship luxury real estate agent

In this blog, we’ll tell you how to show your clients you are not just a real estate agent, but an expert market analyst. You understand real estate cycles and economics, you know where is everything moving to. You can take care of your client’s financial well-being. In the luxury real estate market you need all of that, you need to show some skills. This guide is your key to achieve better real estate clients.

5 basic steps to become a starship luxury real estate agent

  • Don’t be stuck and get out there. Exchange by attending to different events related to your target. Study the market, taking good care of trends and patterns. If you don’t have time to do everything, hire an assistant. If you don’t have money enough to pay an assistant, get one anyway, on a commission basis. Warning! Don’t you ever run open houses. In the luxury market this is not considered as classy.
  • Time managing is a fundamental thing. First, you cannot leave emails unread. Then check how’s every listing performing. After that, focus only on the tasks that you can consider as monetizable. The rest of them, leave them to your assistant. Delegate the operative and repetitive stuff. Make the most of your best skills. Never remain all day behind your computer.
  • Get your own website. It will be an essential part of your business. Your possible clients can access frequently asked questions there, verify your knowledge and experience, and get to see referrals from other buyers/sellers. It will be a good tool when it’s time to build your reputation in the field.
  • Get on the phone with information. You can’t call someone without having at least a minimum knowledge about them or about their needs. Nowadays everyone is receiving tons of phone calls and messages, so try to make it memorable. Build trust for a lasting relationship, get personal with your clients.
  • Be collaborative with other realtors. Competition is a thing from the last century. Work in teams, gaining assets and knowledge about the market. Co-listing or co-marketing is better than never selling anything.

After checking all the previous basic steps, go further. If you are focused on the luxury real estate market, then we are talking about substantial investments, homes or commercial real estate worth millions of dollars. In this case, sellers want things to be done in the right and exact way they are expecting. Read below.

3 keys to achieving your goals in the luxury market

  • Price the property correctly. Never use a price per square foot. Look out at comparable sold properties to avoid pricing wrongly.
  • Get a psychological profile of the target buyer. It will be a high-end clientele, so your work will not be the same as other previous times.
  • Do your marketing with luxury media. Photography and video should be upclass, providing video tours and attractive pictures of the property. In this case a professional photo shooter is a must.

Working with lenders

Networking with private lenders will allow you the opportunity to access different markets you couldn’t just by yourself. For instance, a foreign buyer that is not capable of access a regular bank mortgage, could buy your luxury property if you offer them a private lender solution. Also, private lenders could also better know your possible clients and help you marketing your luxury properties working side by side.

Don’t forget in the end, the final key to getting volume in the luxury real estate market, is offering value to your clients. If you do a great targeting, you get to know who your clients are and what it will possibly provide them value. Luxury realtors spend a lot of time living as their clients do. Work on your image reading what they read, attending the events your clients attend, getting in the right circles, learning the specific language of your possible buyers, educating yourself. That will be your main advantage when you go out in the luxury market.

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The best neighborhoods to invest in Miami

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Miami continues to be a paradise for foreign investors. Being used to their countries, where economics and politics paint a landscape that is not very safe, Brazilians, Venezuelans, Mexicans, Colombians and Argentines are just some of those who decide to trust in long-term investing in construction or properties in Miami.

 

On the other hand, the advantages of financial leverage often make it not only more profitable to invest in a property acquisition rather than paying rent, but also end up making the mortgage monthly payment cheaper than monthly rent. Those are all the reasons why regular tourists in Miami decide to invest their capital in the city.

 

What drives the choice of a real estate investor when picking a certain area in Miami? Well, there are several variables to take into account. In the first place, life-quality, then the strategic location and the valuation of the properties. But let’s see some of the most chosen and best neighborhoods to invest in Miami.

 

The best neighborhoods to invest in Miami with a mortgage loan

 

The best investment areas in Miami are divided according to the objective that the investor has. On one side, we have neighborhoods that are better for housing, then there are other ones better for businesses or offices. Let’s dig a little deeper about both cases.

 

  • Best neighborhoods to invest in Miami for housing

 

  • Surfside is ideal for those looking for a quiet, peaceful sea view. It is a residential area, ideal for taking daily walks.

 

  • Coconut Grove is known for its large amount of vegetation. It is located near Coral Gables, south of Miami, and also provides peace for its neighbors.

 

  • Brickell, the former financial center of Miami, is the perfect place for those looking for an exclusive area, near the river and downtown. Quality and distinction for those who want to stand out or to later take advantage of a higher income if they decide to rent to someone.

 

  • Aventura is an urban area with great family and cultural life, which has been developing firmly since 1995. It is quiet and offers many commercial and gastronomic options.

 

  • In South Beach we can find the famous Ocean Drive. Iconic, this area houses the best hotels, restaurants, cafes and delicacies, as well as artistic activities. Previously known as the American Riviera, South Beach stands out for its elegance.

 

  • Bay Harbor / North Village is an area composed of three islands in Miami Dade: North Bay Island, Harbor Island and Treasure Island. The triad is connected by the Kennedy Bridge to Miami and Miami Beach. It offers some amazing views of Biscayne Bay. Bay Village is also renowned for the nightlife. It is very interesting for investors because it is also located in a strategic location close to Downtown and Miami Beach.

 

  • Hollywood Beach has an atmosphere that could remind you of the 1930s. It is one of the few areas of Miami where we cannot hear everyone talking in Spanish, with most of its tourists being European. The landscape shows as small houses and buildings.

 

  • Fisher Island is the place where luxury reaches the impossible. Mansions of politics, artists and celebrities are blessed with private beaches, golf camps, spas, etc. It is an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and by South Miami Beach in its northern part.

 

  • The best neighborhoods to invest in Miami for offices

 

  • Coral Gables and West Palm Beach have seen an appetite for Class A offices. A lot of companies are looking for full floors in both areas.

 

  • Fort Lauderdale. Here, new buildings designed with open floor plans, big amenity spaces and wider windows will attract business landing in Miami.

 

  • Brickell continues to be an ideal destination to invest in offices as it has traditionally always been. As the opposite we find an emerging area, Wynwood, with a large number of offices where we can find already installed coworking spaces. A domino effect is expected soon. Coconut Grove is also joining as a destination for these kinds of companies.

 

Finally, it is good to take into account the differences between an average monthly payment of a mortgage loan and an average monthly rent. There are neighborhoods in Miami where the mortgage payments are cheaper than rents, and when looking at different areas of investment in the city, those neighborhoods are usually chosen over others for that reason.

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Mortgage loans for foreign nationals buying in Miami.

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Even with a fluctuating economy and always in disadvantage with the US currency, Latin Americans continue to invest in properties in Miami. Among the foreigners who buy in the city, we can say that there are 15% of Argentines, 11% of Venezuelans, 9% of Colombians and 8% of Brazilians. Mexicans and Peruvians complete the landscape. The real estate market in Miami is promising and, for that reason, it attracts investors from all over the world and especially from Latin America. Mortgage loans for foreign nationals are everywhere.

 

How and why do foreigners invest in Miami?

 

Investing an average of US $340,000 on a property, foreigners buy in Miami because they know that the rentability of a transaction there ends up being between 3% and 6%, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. In most cases, investments are made to protect people’s capital. Given the fluctuating economic situation in Latin American countries, even with some of them going through a political crisis, foreigners opt for this safer option: investing in Miami feels safer than in their own countries. With an initial percentage of the final value plus a mortgage loan, they can access a property that will allow them to safeguard the original investment, achieve some savings and bet on a better future.

 

The types of investments foreigners make in properties in Miami vary according to their purpose. 80% of foreigners invest in luxury residential assets. The rest is distributed among homes for rent, offices, or franchises. Being Miami a multicultural city, with amazing beaches, the best nightlife and ultimately becoming the hub of many technology companies and commercial ventures, the range of investment options is vast.

 

How to invest in Miami being a foreigner?

 

Generally, many foreigners invest cash. But if liquidity does not help and they need to apply for mortgage loans for foreign nationals, they should take into account that financial institutions analyze the following variables of credits for foreigners to define interest and terms:

 

  • Nationality
  • Type of property being purchased
  • Source of income
  • Source of liquidity

 

The mortgage loans rates for foreigners are usually low, ranging between 4.5% and 5% The minimum requirements are not too many. Let’s take a look below:

 

  • Visa, based on their nationality (at least a valid tourist visa), and a copy of the passport.
  • In the case of condominiums or townhouses, it is usually requested between 30% and 35% of the value of the property as initial payment.
  • Proof of income and liquidity (for example movements in bank accounts, reference letters, salary receipts, etc.)

 

Which option is more convenient when applying for mortgage loans for foreign nationals?

 

When applying for mortgage loans for foreign nationals there are two main options:

  • The first one is related to bank mortgage loans, that with lower interest rates are likely to be obtained. The disadvantage in this case is that banks offer less flexibility in customizing credits according to the investor’s conditions or goals.
  • On the other hand, there are mortgage loans for foreigners from private investors. This second option is very common, it offers a range of options for each special need. These are operations that are mostly closed in less than 7 days, without bureaucracy in between. This type of loans is very useful since the real estate market in Miami usually moves very fast, the investor must act quickly in order to not losing the opportunity.

 

Miami, a magnet for foreigners

 

Being Miami totally multicultural, we can say it’s a cosmopolitan city, and this can be noticed in almost every aspect: art, gastronomy, music, and the events that take place every day in the place. That is one of the reasons why foreigners are attracted to Miami. Besides, there are regular tourists who are tired of paying high rents in the area for each holiday or vacation. Then, they decide to invest in new constructions or already built properties thinking in a long term, dreaming with ideal vacations. Miami will continue to be a first chosen destination by foreigners who seek a better life-quality or a safer place for their business investments.

 

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How does bridge lending work for foreign investors? What they are and its advantages.

When an investor is looking up for business opportunities in Miami real estate, the range of possibilities is vast. But sometimes, if we don’t have enough liquidity, we could end up with our hands tied up. This is the moment when bridge lending comes to be the star in this game.

 

Bridge lending is related to short-term loans, that aim to solve a special kind of needs that traditional bank mortgages couldn’t. Every now and then, a delay of one month could imply the loss of a great opportunity. This average mortgage bureaucracy can be skipped if we choose a bridge loan. Easily and quickly, the real estate investor can access the amount in need, and this will allow him or her to grab the opportunity, avoiding the loss of time due to paperwork or terms.

 

The lack of funds doesn’t necessarily imply that we have to let go of great business opportunities, or the house you’ve always dreamt. Maybe there’s simply a gap, a period in which you need to solve some matters in order to gain liquidity. In that instant, an opportunity shows up. ¿What would you do? ¿Would you let it pass? Bridge loans can save this gap for you to jump, to bridge that gap from one point to another one. They can afford your investments for a short-term period when you don’t have money enough in your account, or if you’re waiting to close another delayed transaction. If this is not enough, this kind of mortgages offers a lot of advantages among other kinds of financing. Following, let’s dig in deeper on each of them.

 

The 8 most important advantages of bridge lending

 

Bridge loans are not like any kind of known mortgage, they offer more flexibility and customization according to the investor’s needs and taking into account the transaction about to perform.

 

  • When an investor can’t access a mortgage because of times, it’s common to immediately think in other financing options. Bridge loans rates are a little higher than mortgage rates but, at the same time, lower than personal loans rates, or rates of other kinds of loans.

 

  • The investors can choose between options with variable or fixed rates. According to the length of the bridge loan, if the cancellation is in the short-term, it will be better a variable rate. If it’s a long-term bridge-loan, we suggest choosing fixed rates.

 

  • A bridge-loan lender, knows everything related to business investments and the real estate market. For this reason, the loan can be personalized and approved faster, according to the investors business strategic plans. For example, the investor could cancel the loan with another property, with other businesses incomes, or refinancing the loan with a traditional mortgage.

 

  • Bridge loans can be canceled at any point, anticipating its maturity, without any fee or penalty.

 

  • It can be accorded for bridge loans, the possibility of making monthly interest payments (small payments), and cancel the initial amount when the loan expires.

 

  • Bridge loans can be backed up by other assets, instead of being tied to the credit score or job incomes.

 

  • This kind of mortgage loan is an excellent choice for foreign investors, when there’s no possible way of ascertaining funds or applying to local banks in Miami.

 

  • The bridge loans are usually provided for periods from one to three years, with a possibility of renewal. It’s an excellent option if the investors don’t have exact dates of other related businesses in motion.

 

Bridge lending offers the last advantages we’ve mentioned, and some other ones. If you wish to calculate different possibilities you can try our loan calculator. If you prefer, you can also contact our agents to know different financing options, by clicking here.

 

Bridge loans are the most convenient loans for foreign investors in Miami real estate. The customization of terms, rates and cancellation, are the best option when it’s time to request a loan in the Florida area.

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Canadians Should Know these 4 Things When Buying Property in South Florida


Canadian snowbirds have migrated to South Florida and they are buying property; a lot of it! Between the years April 2016 and March 2017, they have doubled their purchases according to a new survey from the U.S. National Associations of Realtors. It doesn’t seem like much of a surprise since U.S real estate is generally less expensive than most parts in Canada. As the snowbirds are rapidly making their purchases in the warmth of South Florida, it’s crucial to have these important facts in mind:

Taxes Virtually Even Out for Canadians

An interest any foreigner buyer has when investing into property is the addition of tax cost they need to pay compared to residential buyers. This is not the case for the Canadian snowbirds! They have the advantage when purchasing property in Florida because the property tax is equal or less than the property tax amount in Canada. Home insurance is another concern foreigners have when investing into South Florida homes because of their occasional annual storms, but Florida offers relatively inexpensive home insurance.This will protect your investments and leave buyers with peace of mind without spending a goldmine.

Snowbird Affiliated Mortgage Lenders are Best

When purchasing U.S. real estate, it is best if done through a mortgage lender to ensure and smooth and less expensive process. There are several differences between the process of Canadian mortgage lending and the U.S mortgage lending that should be recognized. For example, the mortgage lending approval time in Canada is quicker than the process for Canadians purchasing in South Florida; the documentation is a bit complex, and also the closing cost is about 3% of the loan cost. The best way to ensure a smooth process is with a Canadian affiliation rather than an non-affiliated U.S lender. A Canadian affiliated lender could provide transactions with U.S. operations, which can arrange a cheaper rates. Also, a mortgage lender in Miami for Canadians can handle the application quickly to receive an approval as quickly as possible. It is recommended for snowbirds to take this route when investing in South Florida property.

Investing into the Right Property is Key

Don’t worry snowbirds, you’ll find tropical weather in many areas of South Florida, but the question is what exact properties are best to invest in? Florida offers a range of choices, whether the buyers desire to enhance the Miami nightlife or if they desire a peaceful home in Naples. First, a client should consider their reason for investing into the property, whether it is for business, vacation, or personal use. Investors should ensure that the neighborhood they have chosen will benefit them in the long run.  A helpful tip that can help any future foreign buyers is to invest into neighborhoods that are going through development. Before the area fills up with other buyers, it may be possible to land a great deal.

Real Estate Agents have your Best Interest

Thinking you do not need a real estate agent may not give you the best results when investing. The process of international purchases has many differences than residential purchases. When a buyer chooses a real estate agent, it’s recommended that he/she has experience with these purchases. It is recommended for Canadians to develop a dream team for international investments in South Florida; this means an experienced accountant, personal banker, and a real estate agent who understands the American and Canadian lending options. Also, having a mortgage lender for Canadians seeking to buy property in Miami or South Florida is vital.  Also, know your neighborhood is a fundamental rule in real estate, a real estate agent who has knowledge of their local market area can walk you towards your best investment. A mortgage lender who is familiar with the local market will also help make the entire process much smoother.

 

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What Argentinians Should Know Before Buying Property in Miami

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It’s no surprise that Miami real estate is one of the top investment destinations for international buyers, with Argentina being one of the top Latin American groups buying Miami properties. Many high profile projects are being bought and put in motion by Argentinian nationals – for example, the world renown, 66 story Aston Martin Residences was developed by G&G  Business Developments, a Miami-based firm owned by an Argentinian. The Oceana branded condominiums in Key Biscayne and Bal Harbour were created by an Argentinian art collector. Argentinians have also been quietly launching restaurants and many other businesses in Miami. They are boosting the market with their desire to work, play, and live in Miami’s multicultural environment as well as invest in its development.

While Miami is generally considered to be a “safe” place to invest in due to its relatively stable real estate market, it is important for Argentinians to know these key factors when purchasing Miami property:

Why Invest Abroad?

Other than the world renown, luxurious lifestyle, Miami has advantages over Argentina when it comes to property investment. Due to the country’s weakening peso and an inflation rate of about 25 percent, many expats are desperately moving their money into American real estate. The dollar restriction has caused Argentina’s own real estate market to decline, prompting those with properties to sell in dollars rather than pesos. “There are few profitable investments left in the country”, said Eduardo Blasco, a financial consultant in Buenos Aires. Argentinians are saving and making more money through renting while investing into Miami properties. It is safe to say that Miami is a “safe haven” for this group to make lucrative investments.

The Right Mortgage Lender

Argentinians, like many other foreign buyers from Latin countries, often purchase property with cash – many times because they believe this is the only way to do it. However, working with mortgage lenders has its advantages – it allows the buyers to secure assets while keeping their capital fluid and ready to invest in other opportunities simultaneously.
The key here is to choose the right team that is familiar with your home country’s customs and processes. While there are many great real estate professionals in Miami, When choosing a real estate broker, it is highly advised to pick one who has experience and knowledge with international real estate specifically. Same goes for the morgage lender.

What to Expect

Mortgage lenders for foreigners require a review of the client’s bank history and transactions to ensure they can afford the loan and also be asked to pay a deposit, normally of at least 35% up front. When choosing a mortgage lender, Argentinians should prefer one who not only speaks the same language, but who also has knowledge of Argentina’s economy, customs and processes as well. A mortgage lender in Miami for Argentinians that knows his or her way around the south american market could make the process easier and safer.

Before the Deal Seals

Proper tax planning when purchasing South Florida property is essential to making sure you don’t pay unnecessary taxes or worse, end up with an investment that isn’t as profitable as it could be. It’s important to be aware of the consequences that can result from not planning properly when closing the deal. These consequences can vary, depending on the ownership (individually or through an entity) and how the buyer plans to use their property whether it will be  personal, for vacation, or for business. Expats need to make sure potential tax liability for them as individuals can be reduced and or completely avoided. Buyers should organize their planning with tax professionals in their home country to assure that any U.S. tax planning does not lead to any unexpected tax consequences back in the buyer’s home. It is very important to schedule a talk with a U.S tax professional before closing on the transaction to guarantee the purchase is properly aligned with the buyer’s goal. In many cases, it is difficult to unwind the deal if accidental tax costs occur. It is strongly advised to make proper tax planning a priority when purchasing Miami real estate. One way to purchase properties in the U.S. as a foreign buyer is to form a domestic L.L.C. that is foreign owned so the asset belongs to the buyer’s domestically owned L.L.C, therefore being treated as citizen owned property and being subject to less taxes. This is just one method of many that can help reduce unnecessary costs.

 

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What Colombians Need to Know When Buying Property in Miami


Colombians are making their way to South Florida and closing deals rapidly in Miami. In the last year they have been behind ten percent of all international transactions, leaving Colombians to purchased the third-highest amount of Miami real estate compared to other foreign buyers. From Weston to Aventura, Colombia continues to be a growing community. To make sure Colombians proceed with their investments properly, here are a few tips that they should know:

Why Buy Property as a Foreign National in Miami?

Miami real estate has boomed in the past couple of years, offering high end commercial developments, luxury condominiums with a plethora of amenities, glamorous new environments, and seemingly endless career possibilities. Colombians are jumping at the opportunities in order to enhance their lifestyles. Colombia is also one of the highest tax burden in Latin America, in the past years their hasn’t been much development in the country. Also due to the widespread corruption of elected officials and those in power in Colombia, many citizens are seeking stability and investment opportunities outside of their homeland. South Florida offers that stability and offers many business openings for Colombians searching for a better a life. “I know the cost of living is higher, but obviously, income is higher as well,” says William Otalora as he begins to plan his future to settle in Miami.

The Choice of Getting a Mortgage

Not many international buyers are aware of the advantages of purchasing homes through mortgage lenders, since investing in cash is so common. When opting for financing, it is important to find a mortgage lender who is bilingual and has knowledge of Colombian and American circumstances for an easier process. When making the decision to purchase through a mortgage lender, buyers will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Copy of passport or visa
  • Letter from employer or an accountant that verifies their salary
  • Bank reference letter showing funds available for down payments, closing cost, etc.
  • Utility bill that demonstrates current residency

Any extra paperwork will be noted before the buyer meets for financing. Also, clients may have to pay a down payment for the mortgage, usually a minimum of about 35% or more, subject to vary depending on differing factors. Mortgage lenders can walk international buyers through the best rates and terms; currently, the market is such that experienced lenders can offer lower interest rates and longer terms on housing loans.

Always do Business with a Good Real Estate Agent

Expats can experience their best investment through an real estate agent. Colombians are obsessing over Miami property because of neighborly environments, high ranking schools, a culturally vibrant lifestyle and promising business opportunities. It is advised to work with agents that are native spanish speakers and understand what Colombians prefer. South Florida is finding many Colombians in popular neighborhoods such as; Weston, Pembroke Pines, the Biscayne area, Miami Shores and Aventura. International investing in Miami with a good real estate agent can expose buyers to Miami’s world class retail therapy, the tropical climate, and luxurious multiculturalism.

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