Thought you may be interested in this article from this week's Miami Herald Business Monday describing how real estate transactions in Aventura are up 27% for the first six months of 2011 over the same time period last year. Inventory overall is shrinking as buyers are coming from all over the world to purchase condos either for investment and/or a second home. Many first time buyers and people moving to the area also are taking advantage of the currently low interest rates.
The article addresses distressed sales [foreclosures and short sales], which according to the MLS show that 38% of condo/townhome sales the first half of 2011 as compared to 36% of distressed sales Jan - June 2010. Many of the distressed sales need rennovations or upgrades to be equal to a resale recently rennovated.
If you read the article, it states that Aventura prices today are 46% below where they were at their peak in 2006. What it neglects to mention [and what annoys me whenever I see these numbers reported] is that prices in 2006 were double ABOVE what they were five years before then . Right now only 16% of 923 condos/townhomes for sale are distressed sales and those that have gone under contract recently have received multiple offers. The market is definitely shifting in Aventura.
Thought you might find this information of interest. If I may continue to be your real estate resource for yourself and referrals, it would be a privilege. Regards.
Here is the link to the article.