Jorge of the Jungle
A few months ago I wrote a post entitled, “Advice to Miami Condo Sellers“. It was a highly read piece because of the inventory figures that were provided. I highly recommend that you read it if you recently discovered this blog and are curious about the developments that are scheduled to close within the next two years in Miami.
Of the 6,951 condos scheduled to be delivered within the next 17 months in Brickell, the new inventory represented by The Related Group of Florida roughly amounts to 50 percent. Matt Allen, chief operating officer and executive VP of The Related Group, indicated in yesterday’s Miami Herald article about the Platinum Condominium auction that The Related Group would never resort to utilizing the auction system to sell defaulted condo units.
This statement is neither inaccurate nor misleading for a number of reasons:
- The Related Group is known to leave money on the table for investors. Their preconstruction prices are, for the most part, well below those that were offered at comparable developments in the area. Some developers sell their preconstruction inventory in batches, with each subsequent group of condos sold at a higher price per square foot than the preceding batch. The Related Group, however, sells out in one day and moves on to their next development.
- The Related Group is a highly reputable developer. Reputation goes a long way in this business. Many investors made a lot of money by investing in developments that were tagged with The Related Group name. Thereafter, investors blindly endorsed deposit checks to them for preconstruction condo units solely based on their reputation. Their reputation would be highly damaged if they ever sold their unsold inventory via an auction.
- The Related Group is well connected. They will never utilize the auction system because they have strong ties to the investment community. George can make one to two phone calls and have the excess inventory from his developments disappear at much higher prices than what can be obtained through the auction system. As Matt Allen stated in the Miami Herald article, “When you have an auction, the bottom feeders come out”.
- My high school pitching coach taught me that pitching is just like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The Related Group has an uncanny knack of choosing the best locations upon which to develop.
It is inevitable that even a developer as highly regarded as The Related Group will have a high number of defaults. However, their excess inventory will likely be swallowed by investment groups looking to buy at a discount. It will happen so fast that the public won’t know about it until months after.