International Interest Grows in Florida Real Estate Development: Currencies, Culture Work Together to Grow Foreign Interest in Local Construction

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter
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Currency devaluations in other nations are a big factor, but not the only factor, in growing international interest in South Florida real estate development. Consider these recent monetary events:

Venezuelan Bolivar 6.3:1

In Venezuela, for example, the Venezuela bolivar has been devalued 5 times since 2004 and in February 2013, the bolivar fell to 6.3 bolivars to 1 U.S. dollar. What happens now, after the recent death of Hugo Chavez, remains an issue: Chavez ordered the February devaluation to combat a growing budget deficit in his country.

Argentina's Corralito

In 2001, Argentina devalued its currency as part of an overall economic plan to avoid bank runs and other big, bad things from happening in an economic situation that many are currently comparing to what Greece is experiencing today. The Argentine plan, called the Corralito, devalued the peso and by 2002, it had fallen from the fixed rate of 1 peso to 1 U.S. dollar to an exchange of 4 pesos to 1 dollar.

Brazilian Real 2:1

Meanwhile, in Brazil, economists are looking at the Brazilian Real as being akin to the Australian dollar as being overvalued and at least one leading analyst is concerned that this means big trouble for Brazil in 2014 unless something is done quickly in Brazilian currency policy. Right now, the Brazilian real has fallen from a high in 2011 to a present exchange of 2 reals to 1 U.S. dollar.

Latin American Economies Fluctuations Provide Incentive for Florida Builders

Currency exchange rates, and their correlated inflation cycles, are just a few examples of how the national economies in Central America and South America are fluctuating in ways that are influencing land developers in those countries to look elsewhere to build.

Like South Florida.

As we've discussed in the past, there has been growing interest over the past few years of international investors in Florida real estate developments. Consider our past posts for details:

However, as covered by Reuters this week, more and more foreign development is happening in Miami and the rest of South Florida. From their coverage, the following examples:

 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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