Miami Condo Rankings Page Goes Live
For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to launch this new addition to my site. I think part of me was a bit timid about publishing the Miami Condo Rankings page because I knew that there would be a lot of criticism about my rankings. It’s important for everyone to realize that this is only my subjective opinion. I felt it necessary, however, to publish these rankings to provide nonlocal Miami buyers with a way to sift through the various condo developments here in Miami in order to narrow down their choices. Besides, I’ve received a number of emails from people suggesting that I provide them with this sort of information. The link to the Miami Condo Rankings page will remain towards the top of this page underneath the header.
When creating the Miami Condo Rankings, I tried to be as unbiased as possible. The rankings are based on my experience of viewing the various condo buildings and condo units throughout Miami in order to arrive at the stated figures. Everyone is going to have a different point of view, however. My Miami Condo Rankings aren’t set in stone. I will be revising them over time and adding new condo developments as I get the chance to view them. For example, the risk adjustment category will be adjusted periodically once I feel that the risk for buying in a particular condo building has changed.
I’m a firm believer in democracy and rarely delete comments. I appreciate everyone’s input on various topics and, although I may not agree with certain opinions, I do believe that visitors to my site should be able to read a variety of opinions. Therefore, you will all have the ability to submit your personal rankings for any or all condo buildings. This came as a suggestion from my website developer and I loved the idea. I want everyone to view not only my feelings about the various condo developments in Miami, but also the opinions of the general public as well. I just ask that everyone try to be as unbiased with their scores as I have been. It doesn’t do anyone any good if you give your condo building all tens for each category, or if you give another condo development all zeroes just to make your own condo building look good. You can also submit your thoughts about the various condo developments in the comments section towards the bottom of the Miami Condo Rankings page so everyone can learn about other aspects that aren’t transparent in the five included categories. There are a plethora of other factors that, in reality, also play a role in someone’s decision to choose one condo development over others such as parking, floor plans, balcony space, etc. I tried to keep it as simple as possible, however, and highlight the most important contributing factors. The Miami Condo Rankings page is to act as more of a guide to nonlocal buyers. Nothing is cut-and-dry when buying real estate.
Below, you find some determining factors that I took into account when deciding on the score for each category for the Miami Condo Rankings:
- It’s important to note that the scores for the location category were determined based only on Miami. I did not take Miami Beach into account. Obviously, because of the proximity of the beach, restaurants and nightlife, Miami Beach buildings would have received higher scores. I may include Miami Beach condo buildings at a later date and adjust the scores for the location category of each condo development throughout Miami. I know that a lot of people who frequent this site are very attached to their neighborhoods and may feel that their neighborhood deserves a higher score. Please feel free to contribute your comments so others can view what you have to say. Proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, shops, nightlife and the overall quality of the neighborhood played a determing factor when creating the location scores.
- I based my scoring for this category on the average views offered in the condo building. Most condo developments provide the best views to the 3 bedroom units (or 2 bedroom units if 3 bedrooms aren’t offered). Obviously, if you’re in the market for a 3 bedroom and the condo development that you might have your eyes on only has a score of 6 then you’ll need to make the adjustment for yourself. Again, the score for views is based on the average views of all of the condo units in the building.
- Of the 5 categories included in the Miami Condo Rankings, this was the most difficult to determine. This category was the reason why it took so long for me to publish these condo rankings. There were so many factors to take into account when calculating these figures. First most, I took the quality of the building into account along with the amenities offered. Second, I wanted to factor in the average quality of the units. This was difficult because some of these Miami condo buildings have been around for over 20 year and some of the condo units have been completely upgraded. As a result, age of the building played a role in determining the scores. Some people love the stability, larger floor plans (in most cases) and historical significance of older condo buildings. Meanwhile, I think most people, at least the buyers I have encountered, love the freshness of a brand new building. If you’re the type of buyer who appreciates the positive aspects that an older building affords, then you’ll definitely want to adjust my score upwards for this category as well.
- This was the easiest of the 5 categories to determine scores for each condo development even though it wasn’t as simple as one might think. If a condo development is located directly on the waterfront then I gave it a score of 10. If it isn’t waterfront but resides across from a city park or other unobstructed piece of land with no other future use then I gave it a 7.5. If it is a riverfront condo development then I gave it a 5 and if it was completely landlocked then it got a score of 2.5. I did make an exception for Four Seasons Residences, however. The condo units at Four Seasons Residences begin on the 40th floor. Even though it is a landlocked building, I gave it a 7.5 because it offers gorgeous views and I don’t think any nearby buildings will impede on these views any time soon.
- There’s definitely risk associated with buying a condo in Miami. The risk varies from condo building to condo building, however. I calculated my risk score for older buildings based on how many foreclosures and short-sales there currently are in the condo building. The score was determined for newer buildings based mainly on how well the condo development is presently doing with their closings. The risk adjustment score will periodically be adjusted to reflect any changes in risk. I’m hoping that these scores will eventually be close to a score of 10 within 3-5 years. We shall see. It is important to note that risk isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With risk comes reward (in some cases). Jade at Brickell Bay currently has a risk adjustment score of 4. It’s a gorgeous building but there are a ton of foreclosures, hence the score. With recent closed sales near $400 per square foot, I think prices have fallen in line with what the market is dictating. Regardless, the building does have a lot of foreclosures so there is risk.
I also added a few other columns to the Miami Condo Rankings page. You will find Year Built, Developer and Architect included on the page. These columns weren’t used to create a final ranking but they are important to note. I hope the Miami Condo Rankings page helps nonlocal and local Miami condo buyers in their search for a Miami condo.