The Brazilians Are Back! Driving Miami's Foreign Buyer Spike in 2018

National Association of Realtors | April 10, 2019

The Brazilians Are Back! Driving Miami's Foreign Buyer Spike in 2018
According to the newly released 2018 Profile of International Home Buyers Report by the Miami Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, foreign buyer activity in South Florida had a significant 23 percent spike in 2018.Global homebuyers increased their spending on South Florida homes, Brazil became the No. 1 foreign country purchasing Miami real estate and Miami remains the No. 1 U.S. destination for global consumers.

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