Colombia Leads Countries Looking for Miami Homes in January

George Jalil, 2018 MIAMI Chairman of the Board

“The world’s love for Miami goes beyond our beautiful beaches and weather,” said George C. Jalil, a Miami broker and the 2018 MIAMI chairman of the board.

Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in January, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). South Florida remains the most-searched U.S. market by international consumers and a top-five market for homebuyers in the world’s six largest regions, according to January data.

Colombia registered 12.6 percent of all international searches on MIAMI’s portal,, in January 2018.

“The world’s love for Miami goes beyond our beautiful beaches and weather,” said George C. Jalil, a Miami broker and the 2018 MIAMI chairman of the board. “South Florida is the most-searched U.S. market because we are home to a welcoming, diverse and multilingual population. South Florida boasts incredible cultural institutions and is the financial epicenter for the southern hemisphere.”

Top-10 countries Visiting in January 2018:

Country / Share of International Searches

1. Colombia / 12.6%    

2. Venezuela / 9.5%    

3. Canada / 7.0%

4. Brazil / 5.8%

5. Argentina / 5.0%

6. India / 4.1%

7. Peru / 3.9%

8. Spain / 3.2%

9. Philippines / 3.1%

10. Dominican Republic / 2.7%

Colombia: A Top Market for South Florida Real Estate

Colombian home buyers tied with Canada in making the third-most international purchases in South Florida, according to the 2017 Profile of International Home Buyers of MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) Members. Colombia had a 9 percent share of all international purchases in South Florida. Argentina (15 percent) and Venezuela (11 percent) had the most and second-most purchases, respectively.

MIAMI again promoted its members, South Florida’s lifestyle and real estate market at Colombia’s largest property showcase, El XII Gran Salón Inmobiliario – Feria Internacional, last year in Bogotá, Colombia. MIAMI made a South Florida market presentation at the 12th annual expo, which attracted 30,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors.

Top-10 International Cities Visiting in January 2018

1.    Bogotá, Colombia

2.    Ontario, Canada

3.    Capital District, Venezuela

4.    Buenos Aires, Argentina

5.    Sao Paolo, Brazil

6.    Antioquia, Colombia

7.    Buenos Aires Provence

8.    Carabobo, Venezuela

9.    Lima, Peru

10.    Madrid, Spain

Texas Tops States Looking for Miami Homes

Texas, the second most populous U.S. state, registered the most domestic Miami real estate web searches in January.

Top-10 U.S. States Visiting in January 2018

1.    Texas

2.    North Carolina

3.    California

4.    New York

5.    Georgia

6.    Virginia

7.    Illinois

8.    New Jersey

9.    Michigan

10.    Tennessee

South Florida Continues as Most Searched U.S. Market by International Home Buyers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach remains the most searched U.S. market by international consumers, according to January 2018 data. South Florida has consistently ranked among the top-two U.S. markets for global real estate demand.

Top-10 U.S. Markets for International Real Estate Demand: January 2018

1.    Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

2.    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

3.    Bellingham, WA

4.    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

5.    Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

6.    Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

7.    Urban Honolulu, HI

8.    Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

9.    Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

10.    Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

Top-10 countries Driving International Demand in South Florida: January 2018

1.    Canada

2.    Brazil

3.    United Kingdom

4.    Argentina

5.    Colombia

6.    Germany

7.    Mexico

8.    Spain

9.    Jamaica

10.    Dominican Republic

South Florida ranked as a top-five market for consumers in the world’s six largest regions in January 2018. South Florida finished as South America’s most-searched U.S. market, collecting 24.85 percent of all international page views from South America. Miami’s share of page views from South America is the largest share for any region by any U.S. market.

● North America: 1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (4.52% of all page views in the region); 2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (3.22%); 3. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (3.19%); 4. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (3.13%); 5. Atlanta (2.46%)

● Northern Europe: 1. Los Angeles (10.11%); 2. New York (9.41%); 3. Orlando (5.97%); 4. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (5.76%); 5. Lakeland (2.94%)

● Western Europe: 1. Los Angeles (7.17%; 2. New York (6.76%); 3. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (6.13%); 4. Dallas (3.25%), 5. Tampa (2.91%)

● Australia and New Zealand: 1. New York (1.79%); 2. Chicago (2.71%); 3. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (2.60%); 4. Dallas (2.54%); 5. Houston (2.31%).

● South America: 1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (24.85%); 2. Orlando (12.85%); 3. New York (8.53%); 4. Los Angeles (5.64%); 5. Tampa (2.18%)

● Western Asia: 1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (7.60%); 2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (6.59%); 3. Los Angeles (6.29%); 4. Houston (3.77%); 5. Washington D.C. (3.42%).

About the MIAMI Association of REALTORS®

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 98 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents 47,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 169 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is


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