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South Florida is Second in Construction Starts for First Half of 2015

Sep 02 2015

According to a report issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, South Florida and the surrounding metro area had the second-most construction contracts in the nation during the first half of this year. This is incredible news for the steadily-improving housing and real estate market in the state and is a strong indicator of good times ahead. As foreclosures are down, houses sell faster and at higher prices, this news about South Florida construction starts acts as a great cap on the continuing stability of Florida real estate.

By the Numbers

South Florida’s construction starts were huge in the first six months of 2015. They amounted to nearly $3 billion in both multifamily units and commercial construction, behind only New York, which recorded a whopping $17-billion-plus industry this year. Even larger metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. did not rack up the amount in construction starts that South Florida had.

Percentage Increases

In fact, construction starts were up nearly 40 percent in the early months of this year as compared to the first six months of 2014, blowing past the national average increase, which was a mere 13 percent. It’s true that larger metro areas such as Las Vegas, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Orlando had higher percentage-based increases, but none approached the sheer dollar amounts of construction starts in the South Florida metropolitan area. It is also worth mentioning that Tampa Bay’s and Orlando’s appearance on this list further cements the solid improvement of Florida’s real estate business.

Driving Forces

There are several driving forces behind this massive increase. These include gigantic projects that are set to begin soon in sectors across the board, from residential to retail, from industrial to healthcare. Such projects include the SoLe Mia in North Miami, Delray Beach’s Atlantic Crossing, Miami Worldcenter, Dania Pointe, Transit Village in West Palm Beach and Metropica in Sunrise.
Even better, it seems highly unlikely that construction projects in South Florida will slow down any time soon.

Overall Improvements

According to Dodge Data & Analytics chief economist Robert A. Murray, occupancies are up and rentals are improving. This points to increased growth in the construction business, especially in the commercial and multifamily areas. The economy overall is experiencing a modest growth, but investors are heavily banking on these sectors regarding profit potential.
While overall construction levels are still below their peak of the last decade, seeing these double digit gains in South Florida construction starts over the past four years is a very encouraging sign that better days may lie ahead. This is true for the country as a whole and especially for Florida, whose housing and real estate industries have been under the microscope for some time now and appear to finally be evening out on a long-term basis.
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