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As wealthy Brazilians snap up Miami real estate, few benefit

Facing a teetering economy at home, wealthy Brazilians have been pouring money into what they increasingly see as the safest place to invest: South Florida real estate.

So are Argentinians, Colombians, Mexicans, Venezuelans, French and Turks — almost anyone with money to shelter, a direct flight to Miami and a shaky economy to flee.

Their cash has helped drive the latest twist in Miami’s ever-evolving transformation — from a 19th century rail stop to a tourist-and-retiree hub to a haven for Cuban refugees to now a harbor for global investors. No American skyline has undergone a more drastic face-lift from foreign cash in the past decade: Luxury condo towers and swanky retailers crowd a downtown once marred by empty lots.

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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/realestate/sfl-miami-real-estate-brazilians-story.html

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Buying a home cheaper than renting, but the gap narrows

Young professionals are better off buying a home than renting one, but it’s not nearly the deal it was three years ago.

Buying is 44 percent cheaper than renting in Broward County, according to Trulia.com, a real estate website. That’s tied with Syracuse, N.Y., for the nation’s third-highest difference, after Houston (46 percent) and Baton Rouge, La. (45).

In 2012, with home prices rebounding from the bottom, buying beat renting in Broward by 56 percent.

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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/realestate/fl-trulia-buy-versus-rent-20151020-story.html

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Zombie’ foreclosure homes on the decline in South Florida

Zombie’ foreclosure homes on the decline in South Florida

The number of “zombie” foreclosure homes in South Florida fell sharply in the third quarter, more proof that the housing market is returning to normal, a new report shows.

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties had 866 of these vacant properties in the July-through-September period, down 76 percent from the same period a year ago, according to the RealtyTrac listing firm.

Zombie homes are still mired in the foreclosure process. The owners have moved out, and the lenders don’t yet control the properties. In most cases, the homes aren’t being maintained.

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County property search website wins national award

A website for searching property records operated by the Miami-Dade County Office of the Property Appraiser has won a national award.

The site allows users to search county property records online and works on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. It is the most-used page on the county’s site, according to property appraiser Pedro Garcia.

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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article34585434.html

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Miami Beach Convention Center hotel vote delayed, probably until March

Officially postponed: The public vote on a lease that would clear the path for a headquarter hotel next to the Miami Beach Convention Center.

At Wednesday’s Miami Beach city commission meeting, commissioners did not consider placing the item on the November ballot.

Developer Jack Portman, who wants to privately finance a $400 million, 800-room hotel that would rise up 30 stories on public land behind The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, requested the delay.

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