Florida Luxury Home Sales Outpace U.S. As ‘Great Tax Migration’ Gets Underway

Brokers in Florida are ramping up efforts to court buyers in the Northeast as evidence grows that a new federal tax law is causing millionaires to move, according to Bloomberg.

Florida luxury home sales were up 5 percent in the third quarter, the fourth straight quarter of outperforming the national market. Florida luxury home sales volume was up 6 percent during the same quarter, compared to a drop of 0.7 percent nationally.

A New Yorker with $10 million in ordinary income and a $10 million home would save $1.2 million per year in annual federal, state and property taxes by living in Miami, Bloomberg wrote. That savings was only around $700,000 in 2017 – an increase of 58 percent. (The total tax bill for that person in Miami is $3.9 million compared to $5.1 million in New York).

Miami-based brokers and developers are holding events in the Northeast to court luxury buyers who want to save on taxes.