After the economic downturn that began in 2006, about 30 percent of the South Florida economy was eaten up due to poor real estate investments. Speculative buyers inflated prices, creating the necessity for other buyers to take out risky loans. Since the bust, South Florida has been waiting for the moment that real estate would make a grand comeback. 2013 seems to be the year they have been looking for.

It seems these days there is finally nothing but good news everywhere you turn in the South Florida real estate market. Figures recently came in from CoreLogic, a California-based data firm, that home prices in the greater Miami area are up 8.6 percent in March from a year ago. Adding to this outstanding development is the fact that prices rose 0.3 percent from February to March alone.

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  The gorgeous Downtown Miami skyline, 1100 Millecento highlighted to the left

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward have approximately 15,000 condo units in the preconstruction stage. Nowhere is the recovery more prevalent than in Downtown Miami, where locals seemingly cannot walk one block without running into a new development being built to meet the increasing demand.

The poster-child for these developments being the Related Group’s new 1100 Millecento development in Brickell. After breaking ground just a few months ago, 1100 Millecento is already 99 percent sold. While buyers in the last South Florida boom were posting deposits around 20 percent, preconstruction buyers are putting down close to 50 percent this time around. Signs such as these display true confidence in a real estate boom that is just beginning to take flight.