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Real estate for sale in Miami-Dade County, FL

Miami-Dade County Real Estate

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Why You Should Consider Miami-Dade County Florida Real Estate

Miami-Dade County Real Estate Introduction
Miami-Dade County real estate is becoming very popular again. Large international realty investment firms are talking about Miami in the same breath as New York and London again, and when Miami prices go up, interest naturally spills over into Miami-Dade County.

Many Miami neighborhoods and nearby suburbs are expanding rapidly, building up when they can no longer build out. Already, some of these neighborhoods are filling up with high-rise residential buildings. Of course, this is no guarantee that South Florida housing prices will hit the highs they experienced before the market collapse so many years ago, but many people are hoping they will. Perhaps more telling, many experts are watching housing prices in the region carefully.

History of Miami-Dade County Florida

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Miami-Dade County History
The area that is known as Miami-Dade County today has been continuously occupied by humanity for longer than recorded history. The northern banks of what would come to be called the Miami River had been home to small villages of people as much as 12,000 years ago, though we know little about who these first people were today.

When Europeans first came to the region, it was inhabited by the Tequesta people. The Tequesta had a complex culture spanning most of southeastern Florida, including areas that would be named Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County and Broward County. The Tequesta people fished, hunted and gathered, but did not plant crops or herd livestock at the time of contact. The local climate made such intensive food production unnecessary.

First contact was made by Ponce de León in 1513. He recorded the name of the region as ‘Chequescha’. The Spanish did not establish permanent settlements, but smallpox and other European diseases had all but destroyed the Tequesta people by the 1700s.

Permanent European settlers came in the 1800s, forming a Spanish colony in the Bahamas, the Florida Keys and along the Miami River. The land was re-populated by refugee Seminole Indians not long later. Soon after the land passed into American possession, and the Second Seminole War all but depopulated the region a second time.

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Miami-Dade County Namesake

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How Miami-Dade County Got Its Name
Dade County was created in 1836, and the Village of Miami was established as a plantation in 1842. Dade county was named for Major Francis Dade, a soldier killed in the Second Seminole War.

By 1844, the Miami plantation was the largest settlement in the region, and its location on the Miami river made it the most convenient to expand. It became the County Seat in 1844, and Dade County was re-named Miami-Dade soon after. You could say this was the first Miami-Dade County real estate boom.

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Miami-Dade County Real Estate Introduction
Miami-Dade County real estate is becoming very popular again. Large international realty investment firms are talking about Miami in the same breath as New York and London again, and when Miami prices go up, interest naturally spills over into Miami-Dade County.

Many Miami neighborhoods and nearby suburbs are expanding rapidly, building up when they can no longer build out. Already, some of these neighborhoods are filling up with high-rise residential buildings. Of course, this is no guarantee that South Florida housing prices will hit the highs they experienced before the market collapse so many years ago, but many people are hoping they will. Perhaps more telling, many experts are watching housing prices in the region carefully.

Miami-Dade County, FL Demographics

Miami-Dade County Demographics
According to the 2020 US census, there are just over 2.7 million people living in Miami-Dade County, Florida. This is actually down from the official 2019 estimate. Rather than representing a true population decrease, this is seen as a correction of a poor estimate. Overall, the population of the county has grown by 8% since the 2010 census. The population density of Miami-Dade county, according to the same source, is 1,422 per square mile.

Racially, Miami-Dade County is just over 13% white, 14% black, and nearly 2% multi-racial. 1.54% of Miami-Dade County residents are Asian, and the vast majority – at 68.73% - are Hispanic or Latino.


Miami-Dade County’s Climate
Miami-Dade County is one of the United States’ most southern counties, and it benefits from the near-tropical climate you would expect from its geography. Even in the middle of winter, the average low temperatures are in the high 50s (Fahrenheit), with highs in the high 70s. The region’s proximity to the ocean does limit its summer high temperatures somewhat, so that even in June and August the average high temperatures do not exceed 91 F. This kind of weather is one of the many reasons Miami-Dade County real estate is so hot right now!

It is a fairly rainy climate, though. The summer is the rainy season in Miami-Dade County, averaging as much as 79.7 inches of precipitation in June, without a substantial drop-off until October.


Things to Do in Miami-Dade County
Another reason Miami-Dade County real estate is popular is that there is so much to do in the area. Even a cursory search for attractions will give visitors plenty to fill a standard 2-week vacation and locals something new to do literally every weekend.

Examples include Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where you can see more than 80 acres of rare tropical plants, vines and flowering trees, located just outside of Coral Gables, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which occupies a 23,000 square foot facility, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, one of the largest venues of its kind in the US, and Miami Seaquarium, a 38-acre oceanarium which can be found on Virginia Key, not far from Miami itself. It draws more than half a million visitors each year.

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Why should you buy a real estate in Miami-Dade County, FL?

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Why Buy Real Estate in Miami-Dade County?
Things have changed dramatically in terms of Miami-Dade County real estate in the last decade or so. The region has gone from a near-total real estate market collapse to a seller’s market. House prices in and around Miami have been rising steadily since 2011, but they have not yet begun to approach the heights they saw just before the ‘bubble burst’ so many years ago.

In the end, though, the real reason is that the population of Miami-Dade County is rising again. South Florida is one of the fastest growing metro areas of the US, and that means people in the real estate market can make huge profits.

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Why Miami-Dade County?

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Miami-Dade County Art and Culture Southern Florida has a unique and diverse culture which is highlighted by the kind of festivals and cultural events that keep Miami-Dade County real estate markets in the public eye. Cultural attractions include the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition – Held between March and April every year, this festival has given more than $11 million back to the community since it was founded in 1952, and awarded more than half a million dollars of scholarships and awards in 2019 alone; the Love-In Music Festival at Greynolds Park – The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department present a festival of music from the 60s, 70s and 80s every October. Live performances, vendors and a costume contest and the Oktoberfest Garden’s food and beer selections never fail to attract a lively crowd; and Miami Beach Live – This is an annual celebration of the diversity of culture, art and style which makes Miami Beach such a great place to live. Top 3 Reasons to Buy Land in Miami-Dade County Proximity to Miami Itself. Miami-Dade County real estate truly prospers in Miami’s long shadow. The big city’s nightlife, shopping and cultural opportunities are easy to travel to from most places in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County real estate tax exemptions. Depending on where you decide to buy, you can find a wide range of tax exemptions or incentives to buy land in Florida outside of the city of Miami itself. Many people think that South Florida is set for another real estate price boom. If they are right, then anyone owning a home, apartment or condo in the area when the prices peak will be in a great position to sell at a huge profit. Alternatively, renting out a property when prices are high can be very lucrative as well. Are You Ready to See What Miami-Dade County Has to Offer? Miami-Dade County real estate might be what boosts you from ‘investor’ to ‘mogul’, or from ‘property owner’ to ‘landlord with a passive income’. Of course, no investment is ever free from risk, and prices could conceivably go down… But that does not seem to be the trend at the moment.

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