Archive for May, 2015

Recently Douglas Elliman released the April 2015 report for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens Residential Rental Markets. The April 2015 Elliman report for the Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens Rental Markets,
reported here, and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.


“Rents continued to rise across the region as Brooklyn sets new price record”

  • Manhattan rents have increased for fourteen consecutive months, driven by an improving economy and tight mortgage lending conditions.
  • Rents were higher for all sizes, but the largest increases were seen in entry-level apartments.
  • Landlords are rarely offering concessions and both days on market and listing discounts remained low.
  • Median rental price increased 3.5% to $3,361 as compared to April 2014
  • These trends are expected to continue into the summer.


  • After showing signs of leveling off in recent months, Brooklyn rents rose to a new record in April.
  • Rents were higher across most of the market including studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, while weaker at the top of the market.
  • Use of concessions by landlords and negotiability was limited.
  • Tight conditions are anticipated to continue through the coming months.
  • Rents rose across all apartment sizes in the northwest Queens.
  • There were a lot more 1-bedroom rentals than last year, attracting renters from Manhattan and Brooklyn seeking greater affordability.
  • More newly developed apartments continued to enter the market.

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How’s the Market – April 2015

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While Quarterly Sales Reports show closed activity for the previous quarter, monthly Contract Signed reports are the ‘crystal ball’ of closed sales to come. Granted, all contracts signed for any given month may not close in the next month, and some may not close at all but most (over 95%) will become closed sales which will become part of the next Quarterly Sales Report.

In the following charts and graphs you can see how the market stacks up against last month and this month last year.











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