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Survey: 2016 won’t turn real estate market upside down in South Florida

BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS
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Real estate insiders expect 2016 to be a strong year for South Florida despite slowing sales and price gains in the condo market, according to a survey conducted by Berger Singerman.
The law firm polled about 100 top developers, Realtors, investors, lenders and contractors for their take on the new year.
“The overall consensus is that things are going to continue in a similar direction,” said Jeffrey Margolis, a partner at the firm. “2016’s going to look a lot like 2015. So while everyone is asking, ‘Are we in a bubble? Is it all going to come crashing down?’, the smart money says that’s not the case.”
The reason growth won’t pick up much? Struggling economies in Latin America and Europe are holding back the foreign investment that has fueled South Florida real estate since the recession, particularly the new condo market, an important local economic driver. (Single-family homes are still selling at a record pace because of tight inventory.)
More than 60 percent of respondents pegged “global economic conditions and uncertainty” as their top reason for a lack of confidence in the market.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article53285015.html#storylink=cpy

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