We are a passionate team devoted to the development of the real estate market in Miami. We are inspired by providing our investors the knowledge and expertise to carry out real estate business transactions in Miami. We want to share with them the return generated by professional, strategic and innovative investments.
WHO WE ARE
AT HABITAT GROUP WE CREATE, DEVELOP AND MANAGE
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT PROJECTS IN MIAMI.
WHAT WE DO
1. ANALYZING THE REAL ESTATE MARKET
Our team is made up of real estate analysts and specialists backed by 20 years of expertise in the Brickell and Little Havana market. We know the prices, cycles, supply, zoning and market conditions. We use this knowledge to detect new and innovative investment opportunities. Our experience allows us to select the precise moment to add hotels, offices, residential and commercial buildings to our investment portfolio. We then perform the due diligence and negotiate the final transaction.
2. ACQUISITION STRATEGY
Habitat administrates the entire structuring process of each project, both legal and financial. We work with our legal team to incorporate a company for this new acquisition and financial institutions to present this new investment option to our select group of investors.
3. PRODUCT DEFINITION
Habitat’s team is responsible for the product definition of each project, including concept and branding, targeted towards creating sellable brands. We perform a competitive analysis in the market in order to create competitive pricing and achieve investment optimization. We then use our marketing strategies to market the projects through our media relations as well as our pool of investors, and perform both social media management and public relations.
Our team of architects and general contractors are present through all the stages of the development process, whether it be new construction, remodeling or adaptation of projects. We then perform city approvals, permitting, inspections, licenses, and all the processes needed for project development.
5. MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION
In order to generate successful operational returns, Habitat Group is involved in the day-to-day management and operations of its projects. Habitat Management handles the property management of our office, commercial, residential and shopping center projects. Habitat Hotel is in charge of the operations, including logistics and sales, making sure of high occupancy rates to generate maximum returns. Our ultimate goal is to stabilize the income of these properties that will ultimately generate a new opportunity for a potential investor.
6. EXECUTING THE PROJECT’S FINAL SALE
Once our project has achieved high operating returns, we present the project to family offices, private equity firms, real estate investment trusts, and other funds to execute the project’s final sale. Our team of real estate brokers are experts in the negotiation and execution of the sale to ultimately achieve the greatest return on our investment.
President & CEO
Santiago Vanegas is the Founder, CEO and President of Habitat Group, a leading Miami-based real estate asset management firm. An economist from Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, Santiago arrived to Miami in 2000, beginning his career in the real estate industry as Financial Manager for Fortune International Group.
He founded Habitat Group in 2005, eventually expanding the firm’s portfolio to include four branches offering specialized services, including: Habitat Development, an expert in the construction and remodeling of properties; Habitat Realty, which focuses on analyzing the real estate market in search of the best properties and investment opportunities; Habitat Management, which focuses on the management of company assets; and Habitat Hotel, the hotel operations system.
Throughout his time in the industry, Santiago has worked on a number of notable projects, including: Habitat Residence 1 & 2 located in Brickell, Historic Miami River Hotel, Brickell Ten, the Jefferson Hotel, and Le Parc in Colombia.
Santiago has worked to generate better urbanism by evolving parks and mixed-use outdoor spaces through land acquisition and assemblage. His greatest career milestones thus far include the completion of Smart Brickell and the Jefferson Hotel.
“Throughout my career, I’ve put a strong focus on developing projects that will serve a purpose beyond your average development. My goal is to provide a higher quality of living while also evoking change for residents who strive to live a more sustainable lifestyle.”
- Santiago Vanegas
Mauricio Behar is the Director of Habitat Group and has specialized in all areas of the industry including acquisitions of rental buildings, hotels, office space, as well as planning, development, management and sales of real estate assets.
VP of Investments for Fortune International from 1999 to 2009, he worked with his team and structured Real Estate Developments, such as the Jades in Brickell and Sunny Isles, with total sales of over $1 Billion Dollars. Prior to 1999, he was with the Global Group of AXA Advisors, Miami office. Here he managed and sold investments by Alliance Bernstein Capital, Oppenheimer Funds, Equitable Insurance Company Variable Annuities and Variable Life Insurance offering high-end clients very sophisticated Financial Planning tools.
He has developed relations with high net worth individuals and Financial Advisors with Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and many other well-known financial institutions n¬ot only at the local levels but international. He has owned several businesses including a licensing contract with the Walt Disney Corporation as exclusive distributor of children’s apparel for the territory of Colombia (1988-1999). Mauricio has over 13 years of experience in International Trade, purchasing and Import – Export.
Mauricio has a BA degree from University of South Carolina in Business Management, Marketing with minor Finance.
Our team is made up of experts from a variety of fields including real estate, asset management, property management, hospitality, finance, marketing and architecture.
Finance Director and Account Controller
Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Analyst
MARIA VALENTINA PEREZ-CEA
JUAN ANDRÉS ARBOLEDA
ANDRES FELIPE ROA
ANA MARIA VELEZ
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
We believe in helping our communities achieve a positive impact. As our portfolio grows, we vow to equally help the growth and overall well-being of our community.