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Orlando and Miami have always been the two most popular Florida markets for Americans and global Real Estate buyers. Miami experienced a real estate boom in 2010, just after subprime crises, driven by Latin American investors. It was a time when luxury oceanfront condos were being offered at extremely attractive prices and the American currency was not as valued against other currencies as it is today. Orlando started to attract the attention of Latin Americans in a second moment, when Miami became expensive and the buyer’s behavior changed. Now, the new buyer sees the property as a small business where it needs to provide rental income. This new kind of investor started to be aggressively disputed by Orlando and Miami.

There are no doubts that the demand for luxury real estate in Miami continues. Sunny isles Beach is a good example of how luxury real estate will always survive any change of buyers behaviour. The island, that belongs to Miami-Dade, hosts some of the most luxury oceanfront condos on earth. One of them is the famous Porsche Design Tower, that features a car elevatorr, allowing owners to park their fancy machines inside the residence, if they want.

Luxury Oceanfront condo Porsche Tower in Sunny Isles Beach
Luxury Oceanfront condo Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach – Demand for Luxury Real Estate in Miami continues

However, Orlando offers huge homes within gated communities near Disney at very attractive prices, compared to similar properties in Miami. And the best of all! Most of these properties in Orlando allow short-term rental, a practice that has always been extremely regulated and restricted in Miami.

“It is an opportunity to have a vacation home in Orlando, one of the most sought after destinations in the world, and still make money by renting the property through the year, when not using it”. Explains Heloisa Arazi, broker and owner of AMG Realty in Orlando.

The Developers in Miami, when realizing the loss of customers to Orlando, began to design condos with a similar format allowing airbnb activities as well. The first was YotelPad in Downtown, which sold-out in less than a year after groundbreaking. Soon after, Natiivo – Powered by Airbnb was launched, the first project in Miami where the online platform Airbnb partnered with a local developer.

Vacation homes for sale in Orlando
The Enclaves Festival Condo for sale in Orlando

Orlando homes with guaranteed rental income

The dispute between developers in both cities reached the point where there were new condos guaranteeing a minimum return on rent in the first two years, regardless of whether they rent or not.

“The guaranteed rental idea started in Orlando, with some condos offering a minimum of 6% per year return on rent, guaranteed, for the first two years”, explains Heloisa. “Now, in Miami, there is the new construction Legacy Hotel & Residences, in Downtown, with a similar proposal,” she explains.

Now, Miami and Orlando fight for the same market. A market where the property starts to be seen as a small business that should generate income, besides providing leisure.

Orlando Real Estate market fights for Miami investors
rendering of new construction Villa Domani in Orlando

About AMG International Realty

AMG Realty is a international full service luxury brokerage firm in Florida. If you are interested in buying Real Estate in Miami or Orlando, please give us a call. We will be glad to assist you finding your home: +1 (305) 318 6968 (Also WhatsApp).

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