Chairmanelect Of Realtors Group Plans Study Of Condo Buyers
By Armie Margaret Lee
A study on the demographics of Miami-Dade County’s condo buyers is a key initiative of the chairman-elect of the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches.
Patricia Dahne, selected last fall to succeed Jay Chernoff as chairman of the association in January, said the group would embark on the research effort with the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute of the College of Business at the Florida International University.
"One of the things important to us is to create a source of information for both the public and the press," said Ms. Dahne, a former regional president of Coldwell Banker. "We feel there is a lot of speculation going on out there."
Besides the countries of origin of buyers, the study may also attempt to determine how many Miami-Dade residents are full-time residents and how many are planning to put their property on the market.
"We’ll be the only county in the country with this kind of data," said John Zdanowicz, director of the institute. "We’re planning to launch the study within the year," he said.
The study will cover Miami-Dade County and could be expanded to include Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties once a research model has been built.
Apart from the study, Ms. Dahne said, she would like to focus on affordable-housing programs. "We have an opportunity to do a joint program with Fannie Mae," she said.
Other plans for her term, she said, include stepping up the fight against unlicensed real estate activity and forging alliances with Realtor associations in other countries.