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Apr
26

In the News – April 26, 2015

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4/23/15 Douglas Elliman releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Los Angeles Sales: Housing prices in Los Angeles have been rising for nearly three years. Inventory remained low with more sales in the first quarter than last year. This was the highest number of sales in nine years. With rising sales, rising prices and low inventory, there was limited negotiability between buyers and sellers. We anticipate these conditions to continue through the spring market.  See the Full report at Elliman.com

4/23/15 Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Aspen Sales:  Aspen housing market prices increased for the fifth consecutive quarter caused by falling inventory and a shift to larger sized sales. First quarter median sales price reached its highest level in five years. The market moved at a faster pace as sales increased and inventory declined. Snowmass Village followed a similar pattern of rising prices and sliding inventory.  See the full report at Elliman.com

4/23/15 Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Long Island Sales: Long Island housing inventory remained low as sales increased. The faster pace of the market made housing prices rise across much of the region. Luxury housing prices increased at a faster rate than the overall market. Without significant new supply entering the market, these trends are expected to continue through the coming quarters.  See the full report at Elliman.com

4/23/15 Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Hamptons Sales: The Hamptons housing market has been on a tear, having the highest median sales price in a decade and the most first quarter sales in eight years. Much of the market’s strength was concentrated in the $1 million to $5 million price range. An improving regional economy and low inventory have continued to keep the pressure on the market.  See the full report at Elliman.com

4/23/15 Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 North Fork Sales:  First quarter North Fork housing sales reached an eight-year high as inventory fell, pushing housing prices up. Prices were generally higher and marketing times were faster. Rising sales and limited supply combined to create the fastest moving market in eight years. See the full report at Elliman.com

4/23/15 Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Fairfield County Connecticut Sales:  Fairfield County began 2015 with the most first quarter sales in nine years and the lowest amount of inventory in a decade. With rising demand and falling inventory, housing prices increased in both the overall and luxury markets at about the same rate.  See the full report at Elliman.com

4/23/15 Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1 Quarter 2015 Greenwich, CT Sales:   Both sales and prices for the Greenwich condo market increased as inventory fell. Single family inventory expanded causing sales to take about the same time to sell as last year while condos sold more quicklySee the full report at Elliman.com

 

 

Apr
17

How’s the Market – March 2015 and 1QTR 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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The following charts show activity over the 1st Quarter 2015 compared to 4th Quarter 2014 and 1st Quarter 2014.

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

“Manhattan rents continued to climb more consistently than Brooklyn and Queens”

 

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  • The Manhattan rental market has been rising for more than a year. Inventory fell and fewer landlord concessions were being offered. Rents for smaller apartments increased the most as higher employment brought more demand into the city. Would-be first time buyers continued to be challenged by tight mortgage lending. We anticipate similar conditions throughout the spring.

 

  • For the past two months Brooklyn rents remained stable, after rising for much of the past two years. Rental prices were high while negotiability and landlord concessions remained low. With an improving local economy and tight credit, we don’t anticipate much relief for tenants through the spring market.

 

  • Rental prices in northwest Queens were generally higher although most of the increases occurred in smaller apartments. Marketing time fell and there was less negotiability between landlords and tenants. With rising rents in other boroughs bring more demand into Queens and an improving city economy, we expect the rental market to remain active in the coming months.

 

 

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

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  • Manhattan rents have been increasing for twelve consecutive months. Smaller apartment rents increased more quickly than larger apartments as tight credit held back many first time buyers. Marketing times were faster and the use of concessions by landlords remained limited. With an improving economy we expect these conditions to continue into the spring market.

 

  • For the first time since last fall, Brooklyn rents slipped from last year, but remain at a high level. Landlords used concessions sparingly, but more than they used them last year. Marketing times remained fast and negotiability was very limited. Rising employment in New York City is expected to keep rents high in the coming months.

 

  • Rental prices in northwest Queens showed overall stability this month. Marketing times fell and negotiability remained was low. The expansion of new development has kept prices in check as one third of activity was within new rental buildings.

 

This week, Douglas Elliman released the Q3 2014 Long Island, Hamptons & North Fork Sales Reports summarized below and reported here for Long Island , Hamptons  & North Fork   was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

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  •  After a year of increases, Long Island housing prices remained stable this quarter as the pace of the market eased a bit. Although rising prices of the past year brought more inventory to the market, the third quarter showed faster marketing times and the smallest listing discount in eight years.

 

  • Home sales in the Hamptons were higher than last year. After showing signs of cooling last quarter, housing prices have continued to rise, incentivizing more homeowners to list their properties for sale.  Luxury market prices increased faster than the market as a whole.

 

  • North Fork housing prices continued to increase, especially in the luxury market. The number of sales rose at a higher rate than inventory, resulting in a more quickly moving market.  As a result, the time to market a property fell.

Oct
12

In the News – October 12, 2014

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10/9/14 Douglas Elliman Releases 3 Quarter 2014 Elliman Report for Westchester & Putnam Sales:  Westchester housing prices have been rising for nearly two years. The single-family luxury market has remained active and prices have been rising at the same pace as the overall market. Despite the increase in listing inventory as a result of rising prices, the market is expected to remain tight, making it challenging to navigate over the next several quarters.

There were more sales in the Putnam housing market although prices fell short of the levels reached last year. While there was more inventory available as compared to last year, properties sold more quickly and with less negotiability.  See the full report at Elliman.com

10/09/14  Douglas Elliman Releases 3QTR 2014 Elliman Report for Brooklyn Sales:  Brooklyn sales sold at or above market levels. We anticipate these tight conditions to continue into the new year.  See the full report at Elliman.com

10/09/14  Douglas Elliman Releases 3QTR 2014 Elliman Report for Queens Sales: Housing prices in Queens exceeded last year’s levels for the seventh time in eight consecutive quarters. While overall sales fell short of last year’s total, so did supply, as available inventory remained scarce. Marketing times were low and the ability to negotiate was limited. Luxury market prices increased faster than the overall market. We don’t expect to see a significant change from current conditions in the coming months.  See the full report at Elliman.com

Recently Douglas Elliman released the September 2014 report for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens Residential Rental Markets. The September 2014 Elliman report for the Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens Rental Markets, reported  here, and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

“Manhattan rents pressed higher as Brooklyn and Queens took a breath.”

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  • The Manhattan rental market remained tight through September.
  • For the seventh consecutive month, rental prices increased and landlords rarely needed to use concessions to keep vacancy rates from rising.
  • Marketing times and negotiability remained low.
  • Rising employment and tight credit conditions are expected to keep upward pressure on prices over the coming months.

Oct
08

How’s the Market – September 2014 – 3QTR 2014

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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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The following charts show activity over the 3rd Quarter 2014 compared to 2nd Quarter 2014 and 3rd Quarter 2013

 

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Douglas Elliman released the Third Quarter report for Manhattan Residential Co-op and Condo sales market.  The Manhattan Sales Quarterly Survey of Co-op & Condo Sales for 3Q-2014 reported here and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

 “Manhattan housing prices continued to rise in the third quarter.  Rising inventory remained inadequate to meet the high level of demand”

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  •  The supply and demand imbalance has begun to push housing prices higher. Median sales price rose 4.2% to $908,242 from the same period last year. As a result of the shift towards more 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom sales, the overall average sales price jumped 17.4% to $1,684,729 from the prior year quarter.
  • The monthly absorption rate, the number of months to sell all inventory at the current rate of sales, increased to 5.3 months from the prior year record low of 3.6 months. As a result of limited supply and fast market pace, 49.2% of all transactions were sold at or above list price at time of sale.
  • Despite the third consecutive quarter with a year-over-year rise in listing inventory, supply remains 16.1% below the 14-year third quarter average of 6,957. Listing inventory jumped 27.6% to 5,828 from the prior year quarter, with a much larger increase seen with condos than co-ops.
  • Days on market, the average number of days to sell all apartments that closed during the quarter, expanded by 4 days to 92 days, marking the second fastest marketing time in 15 years.
  • Listing discount, the average percentage difference between the listing price at the time of sale and the sales price fell to 1.1% from 2% in the year ago quarter.

Sep
04

How’s the Market – August 2014

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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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Aug
04

How’s the Market – July 2014

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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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Aug
04

How’s the Market? June 2Q 2014

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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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The following charts show activity over the 2nd Quarter 2014 compared to 1st Quarter 2014 and 2nd Quarter 2013

 

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Recently Douglas Elliman released the May 2014 report for Manhattan & Brooklyn Residential Rental Markets.  The May 2014 Elliman report for the Manhattan & Brooklyn Rental Markets, reported here, and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

 

“Manhattan rental prices rose for third consecutive month, while Brooklyn rents have been rising for a year.”

  • For the third consecutive month, the Manhattan median rental price increased above the prior year level.
  • Rental_0514_highlightsMedian rental price was$3,300, 3.1% above the same period last year and the highest level reached since early 2009.
  • After weakening in the second half of 2013 from intensive competition from the sales market, median rental prices have generally trended higher since the beginning of the year.
  • Although landlord concessions edged slightly higher to 5.7% of all transactions from 4.4% in the same period last year, their use has fallen sharply since the beginning of the year.
  • After peaking in January at 13.1% their market share has fallen by half to 5.7%.
  • In Brooklyn, median rental price increased 8.6% to $2,800 from the same month last year, yet remained essentially unchanged from the prior month.
  • Since the beginning of the year, median rental price has showed some stability on a month-over-month basis.

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.”

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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.

Douglas Elliman released the February 2014 report for Manhattan & Brooklyn Residential Rental Markets. The February 2014 Elliman Report for the Manhattan & Brooklyn Rental Markets reported here  and summarized below was prepared by  Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

M&B_Rental_Rpt_02-2014“Brooklyn rental prices increased as Manhattan rental prices continued to slip.”

The Manhattan rental market still is feeling the heat from the sales market as first time buyers are being pulled from rentals.  Rental prices remain below year ago levels, yet we don’t expect significant relief to tenants anytime soon.  Larger apartments are seeing more rental price increases than smaller apartments.  Although we are seeing a little more availability than a year ago, as well as an increased use of concessions by landlords, conditions still remain tight.   With no anticipated easing of already tight mortgage lending conditions and an improving New York City economy, we look to an active rental market for the foreseeable future.

  • For the sixth consecutive month, the year-over-year median rental price fell below the prior year level.
  • Median rental price declined 2.8% to $3,100 from the same month last year.  As a result, rental prices have generally remained flat on a monthly basis since last summer.
  • The market share of concessions nearly doubled to 9.1% from the same period a year ago, but fell from 13.1% in the prior month.
  • The overall vacancy rate for Manhattan edged higher to 1.87% from 1.69% in the same month last year, consistent with the expanded use of concessions by landlords.

All rental price indicators continued to post year-over-year gains in Brooklyn.

  • Median rental price rose 11.6% to $2,890 from the same period a year ago, making the ninth consecutive monthly gain.
  • These results outpaced the luxury market, whose median rental price increased 4.5% over the same period.