The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently revealed that it has issued a temporary Geographic Targeting Order in Miami-Dade and New York Counties. The so-called “GTO” will require some title companies to report all-cash purchases in excess of $1,000,000 in Miami and $3,000,000 in New York that are made by LLC’s. By reviewing these specific transactions, FinCEN is hoping to target those who invest in real estate as a way to launder money or otherwise hide criminally-derived wealth.
Although a Geographic Targeting Order in Miami sounds frightening, it really is not. I regularly have buyers purchase homes in an LLC, all cash for over $1,000,000 and they have nothing to worry about because they are not criminals. FinCEN might review their closings or it might not and it really has no bearing on these legitimate buyers. On the flip side, I do hope that the GTO catches people who are using my city’s real estate to hide money or for other nefarious reasons. Miami has historically been known for its “Vice,” so let’s hope that the government can help us shake that reputation.
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