South Beach Condo Sales up 200% in Q-2, Prices Holding Firm at $1,365 a Square Foot

Posted by Michael Gerrity 07/26/10 12:53 PM EST

(MIAMI, FL) — According to a new Condo Vultures report, South Beach new condo sales doubled in the second quarter of 2010 on a quarter-over-quarter basis to 31 individual transactions even as the average price held steady at $1,365 per square.
Not included in the new sales totals from April through June 2010 is a 46-unit bulk condo deal that traded for $29.6 million, or $436 per square foot, in the Capri South Beach condominium fronting Biscayne Bay.
For the second consecutive quarter, all of the individual new South Beach condo transactions occurred in three projects – the W South Beach Residences, Continuum on South Beach North Tower, and the Mondrian – even though an additional 18 new condo projects still have unsold developer units, according to Condo Vultures.

"Only 16 of the 37 new South Beach condo project with at least 25 units are completely sold out yet all of the individual transactions this year are occurring in three projects," said Peter Zalewski, a principal with the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based Condo Vultures LLC. "Given the names of the projects and the average prices being achieved, it is safe to assume that buyers are going for quality as a hedge against the unknown. When the developer units start selling in the other new South Beach projects that should be a clear sign that confidence is returning."
South Beach is the trendy neighborhood on the southern portion of the barrier island that attracts celebrities and athletes, jet setters and working class tourists alike who all come looking for the Miami Beach experience.
The latest sales activity means 76 percent of the 5,600 new condos built since 2003 in South Beach have now been sold. South Beach is defined as South Pointe Drive north to 24th Street, the Atlantic Ocean east to Biscayne Bay.
This year’s new South Beach condo sales are on pace with that of 2009 despite concerns about Gulf of Mexico tar balls from the BP oil spill disaster washing up on the South Florida shores.
In the first half of 2010, 48 new South Beach condos sold for $72.8 million, or $1,365 per square foot. During the same six-month period of 2009, there were 49 new condo sales for $51.3 million, or $844 per square foot, in South Beach.
As steady as the sales are the velocity is still off from the first half of 2008 when buyers purchased 300 condos for $594.4 million, or $1,071 per square foot, according to the report.
The W South Beach Residences condominium-hotel project is one of those project not experiencing a reduction in pricing from the downturn in the U.S. economy or even the dramatic crash of the South Florida housing market, according to the report.
More than 40 percent of this year’s new condo sales are occurring in the W South Beach Residences on the northern edge of the Miami Beach submarket.
Developers of the 20-story, oceanfront W South Beach project in Miami Beach were able to sell 22 units in the condo-hotel for $34.6 million, or an average of more than $1,625 per square foot, in the second quarter of 2010, according to the report.
The recent sales activity means the 408-unit W South Beach project is nearly 20 percent sold out some 18 months after the first sale in March 2009.
In the South of Fifth area, the developer of the Continuum on South Beach North Tower sold two units at an average of $1,300 per square foot in the second quarter of 2010. This follows the first quarter when the developer sold three units. Some 28 months after the first sale, the developer of the Continuum North Tower still has more than 15 percent of the project unsold, according to the report.
The situation is even more challenging for the developer of the Mondrian condominium, where seven units sold in the second quarter at an average of $689 per square foot. More than 200 units are still in developer’s hands in the retrofitted project fronting Biscayne Bay, according to Condo Vultures.

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Condo Address: 2000 Island Blvd. Aventura
Year Built: 1995
Total Units:
Floors: 32
Beds: 2-3
Condos SqFt Range: 1,560 – 3,390
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Williams Island is a private community in the City of Aventura along the intercostal Waterway. Developed by Trump group in the 1980’s, Williams Island consists of many high rising condominiums with amazing waterfront views. Williams Island convenience located, includes The Aventura Mall, countless boutiques in the surrounding area, Bal Harbour Shops. Bal Harbour Shops offers the best in Luxury shopping with such stores as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boutiques such as Channel, Ferragamo, Tiffany’s, Cartier, and many, many more.

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‘Bulk Sales’ of Condos Clear Supply, at a Cost

Florida, for One, Eases Legal Path to Cut Glut of Distressed Properties, but Packaged Purchases Put Pressure on Prices


The financial clouds hovering over the Monteverde condominium development in Boynton Beach, Fla., were driven away in late spring when an investor bought 118 of the project’s 219 units in a "bulk sale," a popular method of moving large numbers of condos in one transaction.

But Dan Berwitz, a sales representative for a computer company who paid $204,000 for a unit in the Monteverde in 2007, has mixed feelings about the deal. He is pleased that the sale will bring financial stability to his building, but he isn’t happy that the bulk-sale buyer plans to sell the units far below what he paid, in some cases as low as $100,000. "But unfortunately, right now, there’s nothing we can do," he said.

Dan Berwitz paid $204,000 in 2007 for a unit in the Monteverde condo development in Boynton Beach, Fla. Now, after a bulk sale of units earlier this year, he is worried about the value but notes ‘there’s nothing we can do.’

In Florida, one of the nation’s hardest-hit housing markets, prices of single-family homes and condos have been falling for the past three years due to rising foreclosures, an abundance of supply and tight credit conditions.

While there are signs that prices for homes are starting to stabilize in some Florida cities, that may not be the case for condos due in part to bulk sales such as the Monteverde transaction, which could put more downward pressure on prices.

Research firm Real Capital Analytics, which follows condo markets nationwide, tracked 27 bulk deals valued at $850 million, or $250,000 per unit, in 2007. Transaction volume dipped the following year, then rose to 82 deals valued at $839 million in 2009.

"I would think we’re on pace to have a record year for these types of transactions," said Dan Fasulo, a managing director of Real Capital Analytics.

It isn’t just Florida. Brokers say bulk-sale transactions are becoming more widespread in San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas and other markets in which condo projects mushroomed during the housing boom.

It is easy to see the attraction for investors, who are buying units at a sharp discount and in some cases paying less than what it would cost to build.

Condo Developer LLC, a Delaware-based company, in late spring closed on the $25.9 million auction sale of 165 units in the Vue at Lake Eola, a 375-unit luxury condo complex in Orlando, Fla., that had been operating under bankruptcy protection. The Vue, which has floor-to-ceiling windows, 20-foot ceilings and a rooftop terrace, cost $340 per square foot to build, but this latest purchase price works out to about $126 a square foot.

The new owners plan to sell the condos, one at a time, at a price of about $225 a square foot, at a profit of about $75 a square foot, when factoring in carrying costs including maintenance and real-estate taxes.

To remain competitive, developers of neighboring buildings must reduce their prices.

"Bulk sales in general can depreciate value of an asset and it does trickle down and affect other properties," said Carolyn Block Ellert, co-owner of Premier Sales Group, a brokerage that is marketing units in the Promenade near the Monteverde in Boynton Beach. The owner of the Promenade has slashed condo prices 40%, to the $150,000 to $600,000 range, since the beginning of the year. "We’re lowering them to sell," Ms. Ellert said.

Bulk sales in some states may soon accelerate as projects work their way through bankruptcies, foreclosures and restructurings and as lawmakers in some states make it easier for investors to buy in bulk to deal with gluts of distressed units.

For example, in late June, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law a measure that would decrease liability for bulk-sale buyers. Under current law, any company that buys seven or more units in one building is considered the "developer," and is thus responsible to warranties related to the quality of the units throughout the building.

As of July 1, this is no longer be the case, says Mark Grant, a condo lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who helped the Florida Home Builders Association craft the bill.

Some competitors are philosophical about the market impact. For example, Toll Brothers Inc., has been trying to sell condos on Ocean’s Edge at Singer’s Island in Florida for $1.1 million to $3.5 million. Last month, a tough new competitor entered the market: Miami-based investment firm Lionheart Capital and Elliott Management Corp. of New York, which closed on a deal to pay for $120 million for 2700 North Ocean Drive, a two-thirds empty Singer Island development.

Condos there originally sold for $1 million to $6 million apiece, or about $650 per square foot. Ophir Sternberg, a managing partner at Lionheart, said the units will go back on the market starting at $500 a square foot, "with no rush to sell."

Jason Snyder, a regional official for Toll, acknowledges that "in the short term, [bulk sales] could hurt some people." But Toll doesn’t see it as a "negative thing," he said. "Anything that gets that inventory down is a good thing. The bottom line is that we have to get the inventory down in order to get back to normal."

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