Miami Condo Developer to Miami Condo Vulture?
Earlier today, the South Florida Business Journal published an article entitled “Related Considering Fund to Buy-up Condos“. It reveals that Miami condo developer, Jorge Perez, is considering to create a fund to buy condos throughout Miami at a discount. The article states that a source disclosed that the funding would come from Latin America.
Much of the The Related Group’s condo inventory is located in Brickell and Downtown Miami. Jorge Perez, CEO of The Related Group, recently stated on NBC6 that his only regret is not buying more land around his first condo development, One Miami. While many condo developers in Miami are now regretting ever getting into the mix, Jorge Perez regrets not buying and developing more land.
As the article points out, I think there will be a [huge] conflict of interest if Jorge Perez’s fund acts to buy defaulted condos that arise at Related developments throughout Brickell and Downtown Miami. I don’t think the banks that loaned the money to The Related Group will find the situation too appealing. I, for one, would feel a bit suckered. Additionally, buyers who do close on condos in Related developments might feel a bit suckered as well if they later hear that the developer himself acted as a principal to buy defaulted condos at much lower prices.