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Miami REALTORS® Showcase South Florida Real Estate in India

by | Oct 12, 2016

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The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) promoted South Florida at India’s largest real estate event, NAR-INDIA, to advance the growing trend of local Indian buyers and investors.

MIAMI met and provided printed reference materials with important South Florida market facts to top Indian and global brokers at the 8th annual event held Aug. 13-14 in New Delhi.

MIAMI also participated in a FIABCI India program in Bangalore, the center of India’s high- tech industry, from Aug. 15-16. FIABCI is the International Real Estate Federation that helps real estate professionals conduct international business with each other.

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and ranks among the largest foreign buyers of U.S. real estate,” MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney said. “Indian home buyers and investors are increasingly purchasing Miami real estate because of our growing job base, robust technological hub, diversity and world-class educational opportunities.”

Indian Investment in U.S. Real Estate
India is the third-largest foreign buyer of United States residential real estate, according to the 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). India spent $6.1 billion in 2016, which trailed only China ($27.3 billion) and Canada ($8.9 billion).

Florida had the largest share of international sales (22 percent) in the United States. An impressive 50 percent of all foreign transactions in Florida take place in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Indian buyers are not concentrated in one American state, the study found. Most Indian buyers purchased properties to use as a primary residence where they most likely found jobs and many also invest in commercial and investment properties.

Miami’s Growing Indian Community
South Florida has long been one of America’s top regions for international home buyers, and Indian consumers are becoming a larger part of it.

Asian Indians are the second largest nationality within the Miami Asian population (Chinese rank first with almost 13,000 residents). Asian Indians (9,512 residents) account for 23.2 percent of the total Miami Asian population, according to 2010- 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data.

Miami has added local Indian restaurants and the demographic has increased its representation at local universities. The student population at the University of Miami, which is ranked among the top 45 colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, is 5.6 percent Asian. UM offers a semester abroad for students in Manipal, India.

India’s interest in South Florida is also evident in foreign property searches on www.Miamire. com, MIAMI international search portal. India has ranked among the top-10 international countries searching for Miami real estate for the past 34 months.

The last time India didn’t finish among the top searchers was September 2013. India had the ninth-most web searches of Miami real estate in July 2016, according to the most available data. India had its highest finish in February 2014, when it had the fourth-most web searches.

NAR-INDIA and FIABCI India Bangalore Program The 8th annual NAR-INDIA convention, held Aug. 13-14 in New Delhi, had quality programming, educational sessions and networking opportunities. NAR-INDIA, an independent body formed seven years ago, represents 28 member associations and more than 20,000 brokers in India.

The FIABCI program, held Aug. 15-16 in Bangalore, attracted Realtors and stakeholders from 24 countries. Developers and Realtors visited tech parks and residential and commercial complexes.

Participating at NAR-INDIA and the FIABCI program in Bangalore is part of MIAMI’s increased efforts to promote South Florida around the globe. In 2016, MIAMI has participated and/or exhibited and presented at MIPIM in France, FIABCI World Congress in Panama, Gran Salon Inmobiliario in Colombia, China North America Global Summit in China and NAR-India in India. This fall, MIAMI presented to top brokers at FIABCI France. It will exhibit at the Salon National de l’Immobilier in Paris and InmoExpo in El Salvador.

Growing Tech Industry
India’s home buyers and investors are purchasing Miami real estate because of the region’s growth in technology companies.

An increasing number of companies, including Microsoft, are working to turn Miami into America’s next tech hub. Venture capitalists and technology incubators have invested in the community and are encouraging more tech companies such as Miami-based social media startup Everypost. Latin American technological companies see Miami as a more accessible economic entry point for business compared to other American cities such as Silicon Valley.

Miami’s annual eMerge Americas, a large-scale technology conference, is growing each year. It focuses on connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, and global industry leaders and investors across North America, Europe, and Latin America.

The recent growth in Miami technological businesses is becoming represented in national studies. South Florida has grown faster than all other top metro areas in immigrant tech entrepreneurship, according to a recent report by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The foundation’s research also shows immigrant- owned businesses are more likely to locate in ethnically diverse metro areas that have high foreign-born populations like South Florida.

Miami and Fort Lauderdale have the No. 1 and No. 3 highest rates of foreign born high-tech entrepreneurs -- 37.4 and 25.8 per 10,000 workers respectively, compared to, for example, tech hubs like San Francisco, 21.5, New York, 15.8 and Austin, 9.8, the report showed.

Most International City in the U.S.
With the highest concentration of foreign-born residents of any major U.S. city, Miami residents are multilingual, diverse and qualified to work for national and international businesses seeking to connect with foreign consumers. About 51.3 percent of Miami residents are foreign born and the Miami-Dade County population speaks a staggering 100 languages, according to the U.S. Census. Miami’s concentration of foreign- born residents is more than double the national average of 19.4 percent.

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