By Nancy Beth Jackson
MIAMI — In 2008 the real estate market in this “Gateway to Latin America” was in the dumps, with the hottest deals involving foreclosures. And the future looked as dark as many of the new beachfront luxury condo towers, where scores of buyers had forfeited sizable deposits and walked away from their deals. “We had 70 years of product inventory out of the ground or ready to be built,” recalled Maurice Veissi, a local Realtor and president of the National Association of Realtors. “About a third who had contracts walked. Another third had to close but never built. It was basic supply and demand. The prices went down and down and down.” But that was before the Brazilians became the latest wave of Latin Americans to hit Miami. They first flocked to spend holidays on the beach and then to buy vacation condos, sometimes more than one and mostly for cash. The languishing real estate was “chewed up” in no time, says Mr. Veissi. Now developers are back, starting or restarting ambitious condo projects. The Brazilians, of course, aren’t the only reason the local real estate market is looking up. South Florida has become what the Miami Herald labeled “the nation’s epicenter” for residential sales to foreigners, including other Latin Americans and Europeans. In Miami, foreigners account for more than 65 percent of all condo and home sales, according to the Miami Association of Realtors.
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