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Miami Condo Market Shows a Way to Solve Inventory Glut
Don’t look now, America, but Miami might actually be setting a positive example for the rest us.
Never mind how my hometown’s biodiversity features corruption, gaping income inequality, and octagenarians who floor their 30-foot sedans to make early-bird dinner specials. More recently, South Florida was a hotbed of subprime excess that gave rise to an absurd number of half-financed, quarter-occupied condo towers. That overdependence on glass, concrete, and teaser mortgages left the local economy devastated once housing collapsed.
A cautionary tale for the ages … or for all of five years.
No less an authority than the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has issued a report (PDF) that highlights how Miami is successfully shedding its inventory overhang, so much so that the local real estate market is suddenly hungry for new condos. It brings to mind this recorded interview Mitt Romney gave to a newspaper in Nevada, which sits right beside Florida in terms of pain felt from the housing crisis. The lessons: allow investors—all walks of them—to buy distressed properties; fix them up and fill them with renters; let increasing rents and the natural push of demography drive increased property prices.
“The presence and health of birds,” the report begins, with a flourish of taxpayer-funded metaphorical license, “often signal the health of an environment. An abundance of waterfowl, for example, can signal that the surrounding wetlands are healthy. An unhealthy canary in a coal mine indicates the presence of toxic gases. One ‘bird’ that indicates the health of the real estate development industry is the construction crane, and it appears to be making a comeback [in Miami].”
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