Douglas Elliman Releases First Quarter 2014 Elliman Report for Manhattan Condo & Co-op Sales


Douglas Elliman released the First Quarter report for Manhattan Residential Co-op and Condo sales market.  The Manhattan Sales Quarterly Survey of Co-op & Condo Sales for 1Q-2014 reported here  and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

 “Sales momentum from a record setting 2013 carried into the first quarter, as listing inventory stabilized after three years of declines.”


The Manhattan housing market had yet another strong quarter despite the challenges of tight credit and low inventory. Momentum from the prior quarter carried into the new year with the most first quarter sales in seven years. New development sales are beginning to enter the market helping set several price records. While listing inventory may be at or near a bottom, we don’t anticipate enough new supply to enter the market to keep up with demand this year. We look forward to an active spring market.

  • The average price per square foot of a Manhattan apartment reached a record $1,363, 23.6% above the prior year level. Price comparisons compared to the prior year quarter may have been skewed higher by the market lull that occurred after the expiration of the “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012.
  • There were 3,307 sales, 34.6% above the same period last year, the highest first quarter total in 7 years.
  • The amount of listing inventory was essentially unchanged at 4,968 as compared to the prior year quarter total of 4,960.
  • Days on market, the number of days from the last price change to the contract date, fell by 17 days to 115 from the prior year quarter.
  • Listing discount, the percentage difference between the list price at time of sale and the sales price, fell to 2.6% from 4.3% over the same period.

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