Living in Miami

Known as “Magic City” and “The Gateway to the Americas,” Miami is flanked by beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waves. Residents living here enjoy a balmy climate and days soaked in sunshine. Around 5.5 million people call Miami home, making it the seventh most populous urban area in the entire country.

Thinking of moving to Miami, and wondering what it will be like, or trying to decide whether the city is a good site for your next real estate construction project? Let’s delve into data on the cost of living, transportation, taxes and more.

Miami Cost of Living

According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Miami is a bit higher than it is on average for the US as a whole, but not by a whole lot. Sperling’s index places the nationwide average at 100, and rates Miami’s cost of living by comparison at 122.80. For reference, you can contrast this with some other coastal cities such as San Diego, which rates 166.00, and Los Angeles, which comes in at 166.20.

What’s the breakdown? Most costs in Miami are only marginally more expensive than the nationwide average. These include groceries, healthcare expenses, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Housing comes in at 157 (again versus an average nationwide index of 100), so that is where most of the added expense comes in. Utilities on the other hand are actually slightly less expensive in Miami.

Miami Cost of Living
Taxes in Miami

Taxes in Miami

You will save money on sales taxes while living in Miami. Florida’s sales tax rate is only 6%, which is lower than the US average. There is more good news as well; Florida is one of seven states which has no income tax. This helps to offset the cost of living nicely.

Miami Employment Market

The US Census provides estimates for median household income, per capita income and poverty levels. According to the latest data, the average household brings in $44,224 per year, with median per capita income at $24,515. 18.2% of Miami-Dade residents are estimated to live in impoverished conditions. So the job market here can be tough.

If you have a job waiting for you, you should be able to earn a good living working in Miami. With the low taxes, there is a real opportunity to save money and secure your financial future if you are wise with budgeting decisions.

Miami Employment Market
Average Home Prices in Miami

Average Home Prices in Miami

The Census lists the median value of housing units at $221,100 for the years 2012-2016, with monthly mortgage costs around $1,685. Zillow lists the current home value index for Miami at $326,369. Home values are projected to continue rising, so this is a good time to invest in some of the city’s beautiful real estate.

Miami School Districts

While there are several school districts in the Miami area, the largest and best-known is Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This public district is not only the largest in the state of Florida, but the fourth largest nationwide. There are 467 schools in the district in total. You can also choose from a variety of private schools in Miami.

Some of the top rated schools in the city include the International Studies Charter Middle School, the Aventura City of Excellence School, and the School for Advanced Studies.

Miami School Districts
Crime Rates in Miami

Crime Rates in Miami

Unfortunately, crime is one area where Miami does not rate well. According to Sperling’s, Miami’s violent crime rate ranks 91 on an index of 100, with 100 being the highest level of crime. The average for the country is 31.1. The property crime rating is 62, compared to a 38.1 nationwide average.

Even with these high crime rates, there are many quiet and safe neighborhoods throughout the Miami area. Taking your time to shop for real estate in the right location can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience living in Miami.

Getting Around in Miami

According to data 2016, the mean commute time for residents of Miami-Dade county was just over half an hour. This is specifically the “travel time to work,” so the average round trip would be closer to an hour.

If you do not wish to drive in Miami, you can avail yourself of the Metrorail, usually referred to simply as the “Metro.” Consisting of the Orange Line and the Green line, the Metro provides 23 stops for your convenience. There are also Metrobuses you can use if you do not want to park at the station.

Getting Around in Miami
Leisure and Entertainment in Miami

Leisure and Entertainment in Miami

On the weekends, you will find lots of fun activities to fill your time in Miami. Downtown attractions include Wynwood Walls, Jungle Island, Freedom Tower, the Miami Seaquarium, Crandon Park, among many more. You are also right near the Everglades, so if you are a nature lover, one of the world’s most unique and diverse landscapes awaits you. Go hiking, kayaking, bird watching, and camping any time you want to get away from the city crowds.

Lending Bankers Mortgage Can Connect You With Residential and Commercial Loans in Miami, FL

Whether you are looking to purchase a home in Miami, or you are thinking about buying or building commercial property in the area, you have made an excellent choice. Real estate value here is expected to continue to rise, so now is the time to take advantage of competitive housing prices. Please give us a call today at (786) 220-1100 and we will set up a free consultation to discuss your needs. We look forward to welcoming you to Miami and helping you finance the property purchase of your dreams.

Daniela L.
Daniela L.
20:06 02 Dec 22
Gracias a Ana, Claudia y María son muy profesionales y eficientes, además que el trato es otro nivel, súper personalizado y amable. Las recomiendo cien por ciento!!
alfonsoRon V.
alfonsoRon V.
20:46 29 Nov 22
I never thought that I will found in one place the services that I need for my mortgage, and the property that I was looking for. Ana, Claudia and María the three of them, make the perfect team.
I loved the service offered by Claudia, Ana and Maria, they were recommended to me because I was looking to buy a vacation home to visit family that I have over there, and the result was better than... expected, the best team, keep up the good work Girls!!!read more
Ricardo M.
Ricardo M.
21:41 24 Nov 22
I love the time and efford that Ana, Maria and Claudia, put to help me find the right property invesment suited for me, they were very quick and avaliable all the time for any issues or concern that... I had about it, if you need any advice or help with a property this is the team you need to chose, excelent job !!!!!read more
Juan Sebastian P.
Juan Sebastian P.
18:54 10 Nov 22
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mariya and Gustavo for their help in purchasing my investment properties. They were both very supportive during the process, providing me with advice... and guidance when I needed it. They also went above and beyond to make sure that everything went smoothly, and I am extremely grateful for their efforts. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who is looking to purchase a property, and I sincerely thank you guys for help. You are AWESOME!!!read more
Manuel M.
Manuel M.
12:14 09 Nov 22
For me, the most important thing in the provision of a service is the availability to listen and understand what one wants, to quickly propose the different alternatives to what one is looking for... and the clear support in the legal management to obtain the property, all of these qualities, they have: Ana, Claudia and Maria.They are an excellent team!read more
Aurora L.
Aurora L.
11:24 02 Nov 22
Thank you, Ana, Claudia and Maria. Excellent care and very professional.They helped me at all times in the process of searching for and obtaining the mortgage for my new home. I recommend them, they... answer all your questions and are pending at all times.read more
Daniel R.
Daniel R.
20:47 31 Oct 22
Great service!! Made it happen fast and at a great rate. Will surely work with Claudia again!
Sadhana S.
Sadhana S.
21:17 17 Oct 22
They are the best team. Working with Claudia, María and Ana has been a blessing experience. They are not only very professional, knowledgeable and efficient but the way the treat you at a personal... level make this a very easy and relax process. I highly recommend them .read more
Andrea D.
Andrea D.
13:27 07 Oct 22
I had a great experience working with Danny Perez.He was always on top of everything, he is very professional with his work. Was always there for me. I highly recommend working with him for all... your mortgage needs.read more
J R.
J R.
19:55 19 Sep 22
Gustavo is one of the most professional and hardworking mortgage brokers I have ever worked with. Not only he always answers the phone, but he is also extremely knowledgeable and has great... communication skills. The dedication he shows really sets him apart from other mortgage brokers. I'm grateful for the early exposure to updates that he was always giving me. Thank you for making my mortgage process fast and easy. I was a little worried at first, but your team (Katherine and Mariya) put me at ease and guided me through the process step-by-step. I appreciate all your help, and I'm glad that I chose your company to help me with this big purchase. Thank you again for everything!read more
Alberto A.
Alberto A.
20:22 18 Sep 22
I worked with Danny Perez during my loan process. Danny was extremely knowledgeable, professional and definitely someone you want to have on your corner! His attention toward me was first in class,... from regular updates, to timely emails, to finding quick solutions when situation arise! I invest in real estate across MIA and I not only found a lender, but an alia I can relay on. Danny Perez is not just a lender, but an extension of your business, whatever your business is (primary home, secondary home, investment property, etc.)Highly recommend Danny for all your lending needs!read more
Dylan G.
Dylan G.
02:44 16 Sep 22
As a real estate agent, I had the pleasure of working alongside Danny Perez here at Lending Bankers. Danny is an absolute shark, he first provided my client with multiple options for a loan on a... condo hotel. When my client chose an option, he immediately went to work to secure the loan from the bank for my client. He took on our file, which had many issues along the way, that were not Danny's fault. But, when running into issues, Danny called us immediately to keep us in the loop, then immediately found a solution. His communication with us was always spot on and he didn't mind bringing up bad news, which I respect. He earned our trust by doing this. He ended up getting my client approved for a loan after working night and day to overcome many obstacles. My client and I built an amazing relationship with Danny along the way and we will continue to come back to work only with him when shopping for a loan because we know Danny is a shark!!read more
connie C.
connie C.
20:42 14 Sep 22
I enjoyed working with Danny Perez. He was courteous, knowledgeable and amazingly responsive. I would recommend him and his company for anyone looking for a good mortgage broker.
Angela R.
Angela R.
19:59 11 Sep 22
Ive worked as a realtor in Miami area for many years. One of the issues we face is trusting the mortgage brokers to prioritize our transaction as much as we are. These ladies (Claudia, Ana & Maria)... always answer the phone, are extremely knowledgable and have great communication skills. The dedication really shows. I never have to reach out to them for updates. They take control of the transaction and its always a smooth ride. They specialize in just about all the tricky clients. Investors, foreigners, self employed, construction, etc.read more
julio B.
julio B.
16:02 11 Sep 22
For months I procrastinated on finding financing for the purchase of an investment property. Luckily I called this office and Maria Pirela took my call and introduced me to her amazing team.... Communication and attention to detail are their strongest asset. Maria, Claudia and Ana made my transaction run so smoothly, im more motivated to continue investing in real estate.read more
Zoe M.
Zoe M.
00:12 10 Sep 22
Ms. Salermo found me the lowest rate ive seen in this market. Maria took care of collecting my documents and Ms. Castano was always available for any questions I had. As an active real estate... investor, these are the people to call.read more
Lorenzo L.
Lorenzo L.
00:04 10 Sep 22
I thought I was never going to be able to qualify for a mortgage as my citizenship is in Brazil. Maria Pirela was very helpful during the document collection phase as I am not very organized with my... documents. Ana and Claudia made sure to give me a variety of rate options. Now I'm enjoying the gorgeous city of Miami. Thank You!!read more
Luis S.
Luis S.
23:23 09 Sep 22
Last week I had an excellent closing. All thanks to Claudia Castano, Maria Pirela and Ana Salermo my transaction closed in 29 days. Other lenders were having issues with my condos approval but they... told me this was their bread and butter. Will contact them for my next financing.read more
Rebeca de C.
Rebeca de C.
21:47 07 Sep 22
Nathaly Velazquez y Gabriel Corrente son los mejores para cualquier necesidad hipotecaria, su profesionalismo y compromiso para resolverte todo, es lo que me hicieron que confiara 100%. Así que los... recomiendo con los ojos cerrados.read more
Giuliana M.
Giuliana M.
21:31 07 Sep 22
Maria, Claudia and Ana walked me through my first purchase of my condo in Downtown Miami. Wasn’t able to get approved with any other bank but they found a program that allowed me to use my business’s... income instead of my tax returns. Even with my 3 hour time difference in California they still were able to be extremely responsive.read more
Graciela R.
Graciela R.
17:46 07 Sep 22
Quiero agradecer especialmente a Nathaly Velazquez y Gabriel Corrente, por su paciencia y especial atención muy profesional, una experiencia que sin duda la recomiendo 100%
Daniel Lugo L.
Daniel Lugo L.
17:08 07 Sep 22
Outstanding service and experience with Mrs Nathy Velasquez and Mr Gabriel Corrente. Very clear and professional… I would definitely recommend your services to my all friends.
Alex M.
Alex M.
01:30 07 Sep 22
My wife and I are first time buyers. The lending process at Lending Bankers Mortgage was so very well-organized and honestly ideal for our needs. My gratitude to Gustavo, Katherine and Mariya for... being so patient and supportive. Whenever we had questions, they were in contact 24/7 and made it very easy for us!read more
sara G.
sara G.
00:21 07 Sep 22
Brilliant Service! I would 100% recommend the use of Lending Bankers. I would like to specially thank Gustavo, Mariya and Katherine who kept me informed of the process at all times. I am really... grateful for the hard work and professionalism managing my mortgage application.read more
Gigliola O.
Gigliola O.
02:14 02 Sep 22
These ladies rock. Thank you Maria, Claudia and Ana for giving me support through my mortgage process. You made it seem very easy and gave me a lot of support considering it was my first home. As... you said now I need to work hard to pay this house and get a bigger one soon .read more
Monica Marie L
Monica Marie L
02:12 02 Sep 22
I worked with Lending Bankers when I purchased my very first investment property two years ago, it was a very positive experience! I knew barely anything about the process and was scared in the... beginning, but Gustavo provided me with all of the necessary information to answer all my questions and worked very deligently and thoroughly on my case. Not to mention the fact that I was not the easiest client as I changed the loan amount as well as the actual property quite late in the process. We just closed another file with him and Mariya and I could not be happier with the customer service! They are truly the best and I am forever a loyal client who highly recommends them! :)read more
Базелюк Д.
Базелюк Д.
18:42 01 Sep 22
I finally bought a house! Thanks to Mariya, Gustavo and Katherine, I am so happy, they are the ones who made it happen! Can't thank you enough! Very straightforward and knowledgeable mortgage... professionals, always responsive and patient, had all the answers to my endless questions lol. Highly recommend to anyone that is looking to buy a property, I will definitely be using their services again in the nearest future!read more
Mario A.
Mario A.
13:02 01 Sep 22
100 % recomendados, soy Agente de Real Estate y he tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con ellos en varias oportunidades, específicamente con Naty Velásquez y siempre he obtenido una excelente... atención además de una respuesta positiva, rápida y precisa a cada una de los casos planteados. 👏👏👏read more
Lúcia L.
Lúcia L.
03:17 30 Aug 22
Had an amazing experiemce with Danny Perez . Clearly knew what to do regardi g my issue
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