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Florida is the Future

Why Savvy Investors Are Flocking To Florida

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Estimates suggest that 1,000 people are moving to Florida each day, with most of them heading to South Florida. For developers and investors lured by the meteoric growth and favorable business conditions, it’s crucial to quickly grasp the region’s key players, its culture, and its challenges.

But getting to know Miami-Dade, which is comprised of 35 different municipalities—and, in turn, home to countless charitable, cultural, and civic organizations—is a complex undertaking, to say nothing of understanding Broward and Palm Beach counties to the north. Additionally, successful projects in South Florida feature a cast of characters, including contractors, architects, brokers, and consultants, each of whom likely has deep ties to and successful track records in the area.

Understanding the region’s complexities and players is important, especially for developers and investors keenly focused on not missing this moment.

Developers and investors in South Florida will likely tell you that this boom period is different. To start, this growth is both commercial and residential—with central business districts and condos rising in value and demand at the same pace as suburban-style homes. Also, the current rush isn’t driven by a single industry: multiple sectors—notably tech, hospitality, private equity, and finance—are contributing by relocating their companies and personnel to the area.

The investments also aren’t originating from a single geography, such as Central or South America. Florida in 2022 is attracting equal interest from investors across the US and around the globe.

Two other factors—Florida’s climate and its tax advantages—also are not new and indeed may get too much credit for the current boom. The state’s climate has certainly become more of a draw as a global pandemic makes being outside more attractive. And the area’s tax benefits were made more advantageous after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as were changes to state and local tax deductions in recent years.

With all of this as a backdrop, and as 2022 dawns, law firm Bilzin Sumberg wanted to help out-of-state and overseas developers, lenders, and investors looking to maximize their interests in the Sunshine State by sharing insights into key legal and business considerations at the heart of surging interest in Miami and its environs.

Download Bilzin Sumberg’s 2022 Guide to Developing and Investing

in South Florida Real Estate

Video Interview | August 2022

Building Broward: The Transit Systems Shaping a Rapidly Growing Florida County

With migration to South Florida continuing unabated, governmental authorities are making major investments in transportation infrastructure in Broward County, with important effects on local real estate development. In this interview, Bilzin Sumberg’s Kelly Melchiondo brings her wide ranging South Florida construction experience to a discussion with Alex Hockman of Florida-based, global engineering firm NV5, where they explore how Broward’s investments in transportation infrastructure and local real estate development are shaping one another.

Kelly Ruane Melchiondo and Alex Hockman

Video Interview | July 2022

How New Capital Is Shaping South Florida Real Estate with Melissa Rose from JLL Capital Markets

As South Florida’s real estate market experiences robust growth across a wide range of asset classes, Bilzin Sumberg’s Anthony De Yurre, Partner in the Land Development & Government Relations Group, sits down with Melissa Rose, Managing Director at JLL Capital Markets, Americas, to dissect the capital flows powering the local market. 

Video Interview | June 2022

Following the Money: Investing in South Florida’s Booming Real Estate with Daniel Matz from Newmark

With investment dollars pouring into South Florida real estate from all over the country, new entrants and prospective investors are often wondering what trends are emerging from this exciting boom. In this interview, David Resnick, a Partner in Bilzin Sumberg’s Corporate & Finance Group, and Daniel Matz, Senior Managing Director at Newmark, discuss the growing opportunities for capital deployment in the region. Together, they use their respective business and financial insights to shed light on the rise of new asset classes, the transformation of specific neighborhoods, and the diversification of financiers entering the market.

Video Interview | June 2022

Real Estate Lending in the New South Florida Market with Linkvest Capital & LV Lending

With the rapid growth of South Florida’s real estate market has come a flurry of lending activity in the region. One of the more marked trends in the current investment cycle has been the increasing prominence of non-traditional lenders fueling local deals and driving development. In this interview, Jake Greenberg, an attorney in Bilzin Sumberg’s Litigation Group, sits down with Camilo Niño, CEO and founding partner of Linkvest Capital and LV Lending, to discuss the recent lending activity of non-traditional lenders and how they are shaping the development of South Florida.

Video Interview | February 2022

Understanding the Growth of Florida Real Estate: Observations from Stephen M. Ross

With Florida undergoing unprecedented economic growth, the state’s real estate market is undergoing seismic transformations. Renowned businessman Stephen M. Ross, Chairman and Founder of Related Companies, and Joy Spillis Lundeen, Practice Group Leader of Bilzin Sumberg’s Construction Group, discuss the current investment climate in South Florida and what they see as the forces driving growth in the South Florida real estate market. Mr. Ross and Ms. Lundeen share their combined decades-long experience and insight from working in Florida’s real estate development industry.

Video Interview | February 2022

Cafecito Chat with Mayor Francis X. Suarez

How is Miami changing as it welcomes new corporate arrivals from diverse economic sectors? What will Miami’s physical landscape look like in the coming years? Javier Aviñó, Bilzin Sumberg's Practice Group Leader for Land Development & Government Relations, and City of Miami Mayor, Francis X. Suarez, sit down for a #CafecitoChat to discuss how Miami is changing and what it means for local real estate as they offer insightful observations on how recent development trends are changing the lay of the land. 

Making Room for the Condo Hotel and Apartment Hotel in Miami

With the advent of short-term rental solutions such as Sonder, Domio, Guild, and others, the private sector was significantly ahead of the curve in expanding upon housing typology. Their ultimate success was, however, limited in certain instances by municipal regulations that didn’t fully appreciate the use, its need, and how to regulate it. The City of Miami was able to successfully address this issue by clarifying applicable regulations.

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New Florida Law Increases Interest Rates for Late Payments for Certain Construction Services and Imposes Criminal Penalties for Misappropriating Construction Funds 

The 2021 Florida Senate Bill 378 became effective as of July 1, 2021, implementing major changes for owners, municipalities, and other local government entities that pay contractors for construction services in Florida, mainly as it relates to late payment penalties and misappropriation of construction funds.

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