The 2018 Key Biscayne Luxury Real Estate Report

The 2018 Market Analysis for Key Biscayne Luxury Homes for Sale

The 2018 Key Biscayne Luxury Real Estate Report
The 2018 Key Biscayne Luxury Real Estate Report
The 2018 Key Biscayne Luxury Real Estate Report

A Softened Luxury Home Market

Key Biscayne luxury homes are experiencing a definitely soft market with around 50 months of inventory – not as soft as last years 60 months but still very soft. There have been just 11 sales (2 pending)so far this year, from between 1st Jan – 1st August 2018. Coming from an inventory of 64 active listings between $3m and $50m as of 1st Aug. The greatest majority (7/11) of these have been just around $3m. If we compare this to the same period last year we saw just 5 sales and 2 pending.

We recorded a slight decrease in average prices per SF, after several years of limited market movement. The lowest priced luxury properties (per SF) are seeing an increase in value while the highest priced properties per SF are seeing a sharp decline since 2015. Buyers are not paying the same top dollar per SF anymore, like they used to and the excess inventory and slow sales is definitely taking its toll.

The 2018 Key Biscayne Luxury Real Estate Report
The 2018 Key Biscayne Luxury Real Estate Report

Key Biscayne Vs other Luxury Neighborhoods

In the last few years, buyers invested in small Key Biscayne lots for massive prices per SF. Even though those lots were priced much lower in other parts of Miami, people paid the premium prices and the market spiraled almost out of control. As this market sees a lot of demand from countries that are experiencing currency difficulties, many of the buyers were drawn out of the market at the latest record prices. The Key Biscayne market offers many newer built homes that sit on a small (dry) lot and are priced between $3M and $5M. Many buyers think this is just not worth it anymore. One speculative reason for the investments made into Key Biscayne single family real estate that took the market out of sync was caused by an immigration ‘green card’ law the required certain foreign national green card holders to have to spend $450k in the local economy in order to keep their cards. The obvious and easiest solution was to spend it on their real estate and so money went on renovation improvements or new builds. Key Biscayne has long been popular with this specific category of home buyers.

Where did the buyers go is one often asked question? The answer: other luxury markets such as the Grove are now seeing more demand because they offer more value for your dollar while also offering access to top schools and are an excellent alternative at a lower cost location. When showing Key Biscayne to my buyers looking in the $3M+ market, they comment that they just don’t find the value and prefer a bigger property elsewhere in Miami. These buyers (many of which are HNWI that are relocating to Miami) are now more drawn towards the main land such as the Grove, the Gables and Pinecrest, which offer a better alternative.

I have even spoken to Key Biscayne sellers who are looking to leave the island in search for more value. They are now looking at more contemporary homes on large lots in Coral Gables and the Grove. With around 4 years of inventory we do not expect the market to recover soon. This market needs massive price corrections in order to draw back its buyers and to be able to compete with Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. When we are looking at the ultra-high end market of $10M+ homes we are seeing an entirely different situation. As this market is so limited and specific, this is a case-by-case situation. These homes are mostly located along Mashta Dr or Harbor Dr, both streets offers lots with unobstructed ocean views and are therefore rare in its kind. This kind of product is hard to find in Miami with Coral Gables only offering 42 of these lots located in Tahiti Beach and Gables Estates.

Key Biscayne Land Sales

Land Sales Key Biscayne saw one dry lot sale in 2017 and Q1 2018. This lot sold for $170 per SF or $1,275,000. There are currently 6 lots for sale ranging from $220 per SF to $530 per SF or from $1,650,000 to $7,95M. Waterfront lots start at $325 per SF or $5,8M

Advice for Buyers of Luxury Key Biscayne Homes

If your looking for a Key Biscayne home we make sure to negotiate hard, provide quality analysis and make sure you obtain a well-built property. The reason we mention that is that many developers build spec homes in the area that show very well in pictures, but are not that well done in reality or worse a home owner who over improves their home but does not add true quality to the equation. Some are also listed for prices that do not represent a fair price in today’s market. Also make sure you pay market prices and also compare your chosen property to likewise homes in other prime markets such as the Grove or the Gables. The David Siddons Group has helped various Key Biscayne clients find the right place to call home.

Advice for Sellers of Key Biscayne Luxury Homes

The market has softened and we are seeing a high inventory of luxury homes. If you want to sell you should price your property at market value. Do not try to sell at prices that are over market value because your property will be on the market for a very long period of time. The Key Biscayne market sees a limited number of buyers these days as other luxury markets have emerged that offer brand new homes on larger lots for a lower price per SF. Selling your Key Biscayne home should be done by an agent with a great eye for marketing and national as well as international outreach. There are still plenty of buyers looking at Miami real estate, but with an increased number of options one needs to act faster than the next seller. Make sure you chose the agent with the best marketing’ and the ability to expose your home to the right buying audience, because in the end nothing else matters!

Contact David Siddons to know more about the Key Biscayne Luxury Home Market. Whether you want to sell or to buy luxury real estate in Key Biscayne, we can help you with insights and an excellent (digital) marketing strategy.

David Siddons | +1.305.508.0899 | David@siddonsgroup.com

David Siddons is a top producing Miami realtor with nearly $100M in yearly sales. He is known as a market analyst and he is the author of many of Miami’s most groundbreaking real estate reports.

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