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Luxury home sales plunge, Miami and Hamptons hit hardest


Homes at Rivo Alto Island in Miami Beach, Florida, US, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images

The U.S. housing market is taking a hard hit from higher mortgage rates, and luxury home sales are seeing the worst of it.

Sales of luxury homes dropped 45% during the three months ended Jan. 31 compared with the same period the year before, according to Redfin, a real estate brokerage. Redfin defines luxury homes as those estimated to be in the top 5% based on the estimated market value. Sales of non-luxury homes were down about 38% during that period.

Miami, which had seen a massive influx of wealthy buyers migrating from the Northeast in the earlier days of the…


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