Is Cryptocurrency Changing the Miami Real Estate Market?
With the Miami real estate market so hot right, it is of no surprise that offers are becoming more and more creative. We are seeing contingencies and appraisals being dropped to create a competitive edge for buyers. These aren't the only items of change! In the MLS (multiple listing service), we are seeing an option for sellers to decided if they will accept cryptocurrency in their offer.
Cryptocurrency is a digital asset used to purchase goods and services. It has made headway in the past few years and it continues to gain popularity. In Miami we are seeing nightclubs, retail shops, and airlines accepting this form of payment. More retail stores are beginning to accept it like Overstock.com, Microsoft, and Home Depot, to name a few.
According to The Real Deal, South Florida is seeing a large number of Financial Managers and Tech-Savvy Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and New York using crypto in their real estate offers.
Vice President of Portfolio Development for Idoneus, Tim O'Leary handles a Swiss payment token (native cryptocurrency), which he has seen included in real estate offers more recently. O'Leary stated, "Idoneus has been utilized as a method of payment to acquire properties in Alaska, to Florida, to the Caribbean."
There are a few different cryptocurrencies currently out and the most popular is Bitcoin. With how mainstream Bitcoin has become, crypto is becoming a common occurrence but there is still much hesitation. Since crypto leaves no paper trail, there is a lot of skepticism.
One of the biggest perks is that it can allow for cheaper and faster transactions, which is huge for the current real estate market.