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Apr
12

In the News – April 12, 2015

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4/9/15: Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Brooklyn Sales.  The Brooklyn housing market entered 2015 breaking new records. Median sales price for the borough as well as for condos and single family sales were the highest we’ve ever recorded. Marketing times fell and sales slipped as low inventory kept more sales from occurring. We anticipate tight market conditions in the next two quarters. See the full report at Elliman.com

 

4/9/15:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Queens Sales.  Since last fall, the Queens housing prices have continued to rise. Attributing factors include low inventory, an improving economy and buyers from other markets like Brooklyn and Manhattan seeking out greater affordability. Sales slipped largely from the lack of inventory. With an improving economy, we expect continued price pressure in the coming quarters.  See the full report at Elliman.com.

 

4/9/15:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 1st Quarter 2015 Westchester and Putnam Sales.  Westchester housing prices remained stable for the past two quarters. Single family home sales were up, while listing inventory declined. Prices within the luxury single family market were higher than last year. Co-op prices slipped as condo prices held steady. With rising sales and low inventory, we look towards a fast paced market this spring.

While housing prices in Putnam fell short of last year, the number of sales jumped as inventory moved lower, much like other markets in the region. The faster market pace is expected to continue into the next quarter. See the full report at Elliman.com.

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.

 

Jan
18

In the News – January 18, 2015

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01/15/15: Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 4th Quarter 2014 Brooklyn Sales.  Brooklyn housing prices increased for the ninth consecutive quarter, pushing the annual median sales price to a record high.  Sales slipped from year ago levels but remained consistent with historical trends.  Rising prices have pulled more sellers into the market as inventory comes up from last year’s record lows.  With the improving economy, we anticipate similar conditions over the coming quarters. See the full report at Elliman.com 

01/15/15:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 4th Quarter 2014 Queens Sales.  The Queens housing market finished the year with rising prices in the fourth quarter.  Sales fell short of last year’s levels while inventory edged higher.  Despite the slower pace of the market, marketing times were shorter and negotiability between buyers and sellers was reduced.  See the full report at Elliman.com.

1/15/15:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 4th Quarter 2014 Westchester and Putnam Sales.  Westchester housing prices have increased or moved sideways for the eighth consecutive quarter.  Prices in the luxury market increased faster than the overall market.  Unlike the most of the region, listing inventory declined as sales increased, resulting in a faster market pace than last year.  Low inventory is expected to keep the pressure on housing prices well into the new year.

The combination of sharply rising number of sales and a modest increase of inventory caused the housing prices in Putnam to increase.  Shorter marketing times and less negotiability between buyers and sellers resulted in an accelerated pace of the market.  See the full report at Elliman.com.

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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

Aug
17

In the News – August 17, 2014

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8/14/14:  Elliman Releases Elliman Report for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens Rentals July 2014:  Manhattan rental prices increased for the fifth consecutive month and reached their highest level for the month of July in six years. The use of concessions by landlords remained scarce and the vacancy rate fell to a six year low. Smaller apartments had larger price increases than larger apartments. Tight mortgage lending and rising New York City employment continued to put additional pressure on the rental market.  See the full report at Elliman.com

Jul
13

In the News – July 13, 2014

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07/10/14:  Douglas Elliman releases Elliman Report: Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens Rentals June 2014: Over the past four months Manhattan rental prices have continued to increase, reaching the highest peaks in more than five years. The market has tightened as a result of falling vacancy rates and limited use of concessions by landlords. Tough mortgage lending requirements and an improving local economy are expected to keep upward pressure on rents over the next several months.  See the full report at Elliman.com 

07/10/2014  Douglas Elliman releases Elliman Report: 2Q 2014 Quarterly Survey of Residential Sales for Brooklyn market:  The Brooklyn housing market juggernaut continued through the spring. Housing prices increased for the seventh consecutive quarter and set new records as sales increased and inventory declined. Marketing time was faster and negotiability between buyers and sellers fell. In recent quarters, the rate of price increases had been slowing, which may be welcome news to buyers, although we don’t anticipate much relief over the next several quarters  See the full report at Elliman.com 

 

7/10/2014 Douglas Elliman releases Elliman Report: 2Q 2014 Quarterly Survey of Residential Sales for Queens Market:  After a year and a half of rising sales, the Queens housing market took a breath in the second quarter as sales slipped. For more than three years now, listing inventory has continued to fall.  Although housing prices this year remain slightly below last year, co-ops are showing strength, benefiting from higher cost housing in Brooklyn, which has shown little sign of easing.  See the full report at Elliman.com.

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

“Brooklyn rental prices increased as Manhattan rental prices continued to slip.”Manhattan_Brooklyn_Rentals_01-2014

 Rental prices in the Manhattan market continued to slip for the 5th consecutive month although the declines remained modest. Landlords continued to expand their use of concessions, as vacancy rates remained higher than last year. Larger sized rentals continued to do well in the new development, luxury and 3-bedroom markets, showing more strength than the overall market. The New York City economy continues to improve and we anticipate a strong rental market in the coming months.

  • Median Manhattan rental price slipped 1.1% to $3,114 from the same period last year ago. Beginning last September, median rental price fell for the fifth consecutive month on a year-over-year basis. However, the slide in rental prices remained slight.
  • The use of concessions by landlords continued to expand, rising to a 13.1% market share from 5% in the same period last year.
  • The overall vacancy rate was 1.81%, up from 1.54% in the prior year period, but fell from near record high of 2.79% in the prior month

Rising rents continued to characterize the Brooklyn market in our first month of the new year. After three months of declining price growth, rental prices jumped in January as the key drivers of the market remained in place, including rising employment and tight credit. Entry-level rentals continued to rise at a faster rate than larger rentals. We anticipate that these active market conditions will continue into the spring.

  •  The Brooklyn January median rental price jumped 12% to $2,830 from the same month last year. Rising New York City employment and tight credit have played a primary role in the growth of Brooklyn rents.

Douglas Elliman released the December 2013 report for Manhattan & Brooklyn Residential Rental Markets. The December 2013 Elliman Report for the Manhattan & Brooklyn Rental Markets reported here and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

“Manhattan rental prices continued to slip as price growth in Brooklyn showed some signs of slowing.”Manhattan_Brooklyn_Rentals_Dec_2013

 Manhattan rental prices slipped for the fourth consecutive month but remain at high levels. We are beginning to see a small rise in landlord concessions as vacancy rates move up. Prices in the luxury market continued to grow and marketing times are brisk. The overall market remains very active and we anticipate similar conditions over the coming months as New York City’s economy continues to improve.

  • The last 4 months of 2013 showed a year-over-year decline in median rent. The median rent was $3,100 in December, down 1.6% from the same month last year, but was unchanged from the prior month.
  • The market share of rentals with concessions by landlords was 12.8%, up from 4.3% in the same month last year, but the size of the concession held steady at 1 month’s equivalent rent.

Rents in the Brooklyn market continue to rise but the pace of growth has begun to slow as it competes with a very fast moving sales market. There is a lot of strength in the entry-level apartment markets as the price gap between Manhattan and Brooklyn rents remain much closer than a few years ago. The luxury market remains strong and we expect the current tight conditions to remain through the winter.

  • Median rental price expanded 0.9% to $2,660 from the prior year period. The median rental price between Manhattan and Brooklyn expanded to $450 after hovering near $300 for most of last fall.

 

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Jan
12

In the News January 12, 2014

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1/9/14:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 4th Quarter 2013 Brooklyn Sales:  Brooklyn’s housing market continued to be one of the strongest in New York City with rising prices and sales as well as a large decline of inventory. It is also the only borough to see the median sales price exceed the levels set during the previous boom. The combination of rising sales and falling supply made the market move at the second fastest rate in 5 years. We expect this momentum to carry into 2014 as the economy improves.  See the full report at Elliman.com

1/9/14:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 4th Quarter 2013 Queens Sales:  The Queens housing market had a large increase in sales to help the year finish on a high note. Sales price trends remained fairly stable year-to-date, but choices for buyers were limited as inventory fell to the lowest level on record. Like much of the region, the decline in sales and rise in supply made the market pace unusually fast. With the economy expected to improve, we anticipate an active housing market in the first half of 2014.  See the full report at Elliman.com

1/9/14:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for 4th Quarter 2013 Westchester and Putnam Sales:  The housing market in Westchester had many of the same trends as those we observed in the city: rising sales, falling supply and rising prices. Median sales price and the total number of sales reached an eight-year high. Falling inventory kept pressure on prices throughout 2013 that resulted in modest year-to-date increases in housing prices. With an unusually high number of signed contracts in the fourth quarter, we expect this momentum to continue into the new year. Putnam’s housing market experienced falling inventory but not to the same extent as Westchester did. The number of sales jumped above last year¹s totals, but housing prices were generally stable. The decline in supply and the increase in sales caused the market to move faster than last year, but not at the same rapid pace as Westchester. We anticipate similar conditions over the next several quarters.  See the full report at Elliman.com

 

Douglas Elliman released the October 2013 report for Manhattan & Brooklyn Residential Rental Markets.  The October 2013 Elliman Report for the Manhattan & Brooklyn Rental Markets reported here and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

 “Manhattan rental prices weakened, caused by summer sales surge that poached demand” Mahattan_Brooklyn_Rentals_10-2013

This summer’s record sales activity pulled some of the demand from the Manhattan rental market, causing prices to slip slightly from prior year levels. Vacancy rates rose to more normal levels as marketing times and negotiability remained tight and the use of landlord concessions were limited. We don’t expect much relief in rental prices for tenants anytime soon as the economy continues to improve and mortgage lending conditions remain tight.

  • Median Manhattan rental price for October fell 1.6% below the same month last year to $3,150.
  • This decline was the second consecutive year-over-year drop, following the September drop that broke the 26 consecutive month record without a decline.
  • The use of landlord concessions in Manhattan remained limited, used in only 3.7% of all new rentals with an average rental equivalent of 1.2 months.

As they have for most of 2013, Brooklyn’s rental prices continued to rise. The pace of the market remained fast, with rapid marketing times and less negotiability than we saw last year. New rental activity was brisk, as tenants continued to resist rental price increases at time of lease renewal, seeking out greater affordability but with limited options. We anticipate tight market conditions through the remainder of the year

  • Other than last May, in Brooklyn all monthly year-over-year rental price indicators have not declined in 2013.
  • Brooklyn median rental price rose 6.8% to $2,699 over the prior year quarter.

Oct
12

In the News – October 12, 2013

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10/10/13  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for Brooklyn Sales – 3Q 2013:  The Brooklyn housing market has shown the most strength compared to any other borough. Housing prices have set 10-year records and inventory fell to the lowest levels seen in five years. We expect the rising mortgage rates to take some of the edge off of the market frenzy in the coming months. Perhaps the biggest change in the market going forward is the buyers outside of the borough who sought out Brooklyn as a destination rather than as a more affordable alternative to Manhattan.  See the full report at Elliman.com

10/10/13:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for Queens Sales – 3Q 2013:  Queens has continued to benefit from the strength of the Brooklyn market and still low mortgage rates. The borough had more sales this quarter than any time in the past three years and inventory fell to an eight-year low. Although buyers have had less inventory to choose from, housing prices have remained steady over the past year and we anticipate this trend to continue over the coming quarters.  See the full report at Elliman.com

10/10/13:  Douglas Elliman Releases Elliman Report for Westchester and Putnam Sales 3Q 2013:  The Westchester housing market continues to improve. Listing inventory continued to fall consistent with the rest of the metro area, but the number of sales reached their highest point in over 30-years. However, the rising mortgage rates will make this new record hard to beat. Housing prices increased somewhat last year and properties sold more quickly. We expect more of the same over the coming quarters but without records. Like its neighbor to the south, the Putnam housing market had a lot more sales this quarter than last year and buyers had fewer properties to choose from. Although properties took a little longer to sell, housing prices remained stable, which is what we anticipate in the coming quarters.  See the full report at Elliman.com 

Douglas Elliman released the August 2013 report for Manhattan & Brooklyn Residential Rental Markets.  The August 2013 Elliman Report for the Manhattan & Brooklyn Rental Markets reported here and summarized below was prepared by Miller Samuel for Douglas Elliman.

“The Manhattan rental market has not seen a decline in rents for 26 consecutive months.”Aug_2013_M&B_Rental

  • The Manhattan median rental price increased by 1.8%, to $3,150 from the same month last year. The last time this metric posted a decline was in June 2011, an unprecedented 26-month run. Concessions from landlords continue to be rare with only 2.5% of all new rentals offering some sort of special rewards, averaging the equivalent of 1 month of free rent.
  • Over the past several months, rents in Manhattan continued to rise, but at a much slower rate than we experienced earlier in the year. The number of rentals jumped this month as tenants sought greater affordability at the time of lease renewal. Negotiability and marketing times were low as the use of concessions by landlords remained rare. The tight mortgage lending and improving economic conditions are both helping to keep rents near record levels.
  • Median rental price in Brooklyn increased 4.6% to $2,850 from the same month last year, reaching a 5-year high. Average rental price and average rental price per square foot increased by 3.6% and 6.9% respectively from the same period last year
  • The number of new rentals in Brooklyn surged from this time last year as tenants sought relief from the rising rental prices. More potential tenants did this by seeking new places to rent in lieu of renewing existing leases. The price of a rental reached the highest level seen in over five years. Properties have been renting at a faster pace as negotiability continued to decline, consistent with the tight market.

Aug
25

Brooklyn Rents on the Rise – Rivaling Manhattan Prices

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Brooklyn, once thought of as the affordable alternative to Manhattan, is seeing a steady climb in rental prices.  Especially in the Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill neighborhoods, the average rent climbed to $3,035 in July, an 8.2% increase according to the Elliman Report for Manhattan and Brooklyn Rentals for July 2013.

Long time Brooklyn residents are concerned about being priced out of the market as more and more people are finding Brooklyn to be their primary option when looking at rentals, causing demand to go up, along with the prices.  Manhattan’s rents have been rising for more than two years, but the growth seems to be slowing.

 

Excerpted from NY Post column