MIAMI – (RealEstateRama) — The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) promoted South Florida at India’s largest real estate event, NAR-INDIA, to advance the growing trend of local Indian buyers and investors. MIAMI met and provided printed reference materials with important South Florida market facts to top Indian and global brokers at the 8th annual event held Aug. 13-14 in New Delhi.
MIAMI also participated in a FIABCI India program in Bangalore, the center of India’s high-tech industry, from Aug. 15-16. FIABCI is the International Real Estate Federation that helps real estate professionals conduct international business with each other.
“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and ranks among the largest foreign buyers of U.S. real estate,” MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney said. “Indian home buyers and investors are increasingly purchasing Miami real estate because of our growing job base, robust technological hub, diversity and world-class educational opportunities.”
Indian Investment in U.S. Real Estate
India is the third-largest foreign buyer of United States residential real estate, according to the 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). India spent $6.1 billion in 2016, which trailed only China ($27.3 billion) and Canada ($8.9 billion).
Florida had the largest share of international sales (22 percent) in the United States. An impressive 50 percent of all foreign transactions in Florida take place in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Indian buyers are not concentrated in one American state, the study found. Most Indian buyers purchased properties to use as a primary residence where they most likely found jobs and many also invest in commercial and investment properties.
Miami’s Growing Indian Community
South Florida has long been one of America’s top regions for international home buyers, and Indian consumers are becoming a larger part of it.
Asian Indians are the second largest nationality within the Miami Asian population (Chinese rank first with almost 13,000 residents). Asian Indians (9,512 residents) account for 23.2 percent of the total Miami Asian population, according to 2010-2014 U.S. Census Bureau data.
Miami has added local Indian restaurants and the demographic has increased its representation at local universities. The student population at the University of Miami, which is ranked among the top 45 colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, is 5.6 percent Asian. UM offers a semester abroad for students in Manipal, India.
India’s interest in South Florida is also evident in foreign property searches on www.Miamire.com, MIAMI international search portal. India has ranked among the top-10 international countries searching for Miami real estate for the past 34 months.
The last time India didn’t finish among the top searchers was September 2013. India had the ninth-most web searches of Miami real estate in July 2016, according to the most available data. India had its highest finish in February 2014, when it had the fourth-most web searches.
NAR-INDIA and FIABCI India Bangalore Program
The 8th annual NAR-INDIA convention, held Aug. 13-14 in New Delhi, had quality programming, educational sessions and networking opportunities. NAR-INDIA, an independent body formed seven years ago, represents 28 member associations and more than 20,000 brokers in India.
The FIABCI program, held Aug. 15-16 in Bangalore, attracted Realtors and stakeholders from 24 countries. Developers and Realtors visited tech parks and residential and commercial complexes.
Participating at NAR-INDIA and the FIABCI program in Bangalore is part of MIAMI’s increased efforts to promote South Florida around the globe. In 2016, MIAMI has participated and/or exhibited and presented at MIPIM in France, FIABCI World Congress in Panama, Gran Salon Inmobiliario in Colombia, China North America Global Summit in China and NAR-India in India. This fall, MIAMI presented to top brokers at FIABCI France. It will exhibit at the Salon National de l’Immobilier in Paris and InmoExpo in El Salvador.