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StreetEasy Market Reports


Spring Brings Continued Signs of Easing Prices, But Majority of Manhattan Inventory Still Priced Above $1 Million

From StreetEasy Data Scientist, Alan Lightfeldt: "This year, the Manhattan market is showing signs of settling into a more sustainable path after a record-hot 2013. As inventory inches up and price growth eases, we’re seeing some negotiating power for buyers come back to the table as some sellers get less bullish with their pricing. One aspect of the market hasn’t changed though: buyers need to be poised to move quickly if they find the right property.”

Report highlights:

  • The median sale price of all home types in Manhattan rose 1.1 percent to $890,000 from Q1 to Q2 2014, but increased 7.2 percent compared to Q2 2013.
  • The spring selling season lifted Manhattan inventory 10.5 percent from Q1, but is still down 7.9 percent compared to year-ago levels.
  • Nearly half of all available Manhattan listings in Q2 were priced above $1.3 million. The Downtown sub-market had the highest proportion of expensive listings, with 3 in 5 homes priced above $1.3 million.
  • Just over 1 in 5 homes on the market (22 percent) saw a price cut in Q2, compared to 19.8 percent a year ago. The share of price increases among all homes available throughout the quarter declined slightly to 6.7 percent in Q2 from 7.6 percent a year ago.

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Rising Manhattan Condo Prices Lose Momentum as Spring Season Comes to a Close

As the Spring selling season comes to a close, Manhattan condo prices showed early signs of easing as more units were available to buyers - although prices remain much higher and inventory remains much lower than year-ago levels.

Report highlights:

  • Manhattan condo sale prices declined 1.4 percent from April to May, but remain 10.7 percent above year-ago levels, according to the StreetEasy Condo Price Index.
  • The StreetEasy Condo Price Forecast predicts condo prices will continue to fall slightly in June, declining 0.3 percent from the prior month.
  • Manhattan inventory increased 2.7 percent from April, the fifth consecutive month of inventory increases. Nearly half of available condos for sale were priced above $1.9 million.
  • Pending sales, or homes that entered into contract, increased 9.6 percent in May, but declined 27.7 percent compared to this same time last year.

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Condo sale prices experience largest monthly drop in more than three years

Today, StreetEasy published a new monthly Manhattan Condo Market Report, which provides a timely snapshot of Manhattan condo market trends. The report introduces new metrics, such as the StreetEasy Condo Price Index (SECPI) – formerly known as the Condo Market Index – inventory price tiers, and the newly released StreetEasy Condo Price Forecast (SECPF). StreetEasy is the first and only New York City real estate marketplace to forecast condo prices for Manhattan.

Report highlights:

  • Manhattan condo sale prices declined 1.4 percent in April, the largest monthly decline in 3.5 years, according to the StreetEasy Condo Price Index
  • According to the new StreetEasy Condo Price Forecast, condo prices are expected to stay essentially flat through the spring selling season, increasing 0.1 percent in May.
  • Pending sales, or homes that entered into contract, decreased 3.2 percent after rising in Feb. and March. Pending sales are down 13.7 percent compared to April 2013 levels.
  • Manhattan inventory increased 3.6 percent on a monthly basis, the fourth consecutive month of inventory increases. Nearly half of available condos for sale were priced above $1.9 million.

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What’s NYC’s Next Hot Neighborhood?

With inventory moving at a record fast pace and real estate prices continuing to rise, StreetEasy decided to look for value outside of the traditional New York City hotspots. To identify “up-and-coming” neighborhoods, we found areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn that had lower median sales prices last quarter compared to the borough at large, but showed a greater overall year-over-year increase in sale price. In other words, these neighborhoods still have deals – but they may not last long.

According to StreetEasy’s data, Manhattan’s up-and-coming neighbors are split between the northern and southern tips of the island. Upper Manhattan neighborhoods include East Harlem, Morningside Heights and Washington Heights while Downtown neighborhoods include the Lower East Side and Fulton/Seaport.

Brooklyn’s list was less geographically polarized than Manhattan’s, including a handful of neighborhoods on the eastern edge of the borough such as East New York and Canarsie in addition to neighborhoods near Prospect Park like Kensington, Flatbush and Sunset Park.

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Manhattan Buyers Face Tightest Inventory Since 2007, Condo Prices Surge Against Limited Supply

Median Recorded Sale Price increased to $900,000 in Q1 2014, up 6.5% since last quarter and 16.9% year-over-year.

Total Inventory fell 13.0% since Q1 2013 and by 1.0% compared to the previous quarter. This is the lowest inventory level since Q4 2007.

Contract Activity decreased by 9.3 percent since Q4 2013, and 15.2 percent year-over-year.

Time on Market was 89 days on average in Q1 2014, a 35.2% decrease compared to 137 days last year and the lowest average since StreetEasy began tracking this data in 1995.

StreetEasy Condo Market Index for February 2014 increased by 2.6% since January and by 16.3% since February 2013. The index is currently at its all-time high.

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Luck of the Irish: St. Patrick’s Parade Route Houses Priciest Real Estate

Everything is big in New York City, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day isn’t any different. Whether you’re of Irish descent or not, every year New Yorkers dust off their green attire, flock to their favorite Irish pubs for a Guinness and, most importantly, wander to Fifth Ave. to catch the famous St. Patrick’s Day parade. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, StreetEasy decided to crunch some numbers and find out if the luck of the Irish had any connection to real estate. This year, we compared median sale prices of homes along three of the city’s biggest parade routes to see which boasted the priciest real estate. At a median sale price of $3.7 million, the St. Patrick's Day Parade comes out on top, followed by the Thanksgiving Day Parade ($2.0 million) and the Gay Pride March ($1.6 million).

Want to snag your own pad to view the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Check out our favorite homes for sale along the parade route.


One Year After Sandy - A Special Report

We were there a year ago when Superstorm Sandy hit New York City leaving hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without power, flooding subway stations and tunnels, closing the New York Stock Exchange for two days, as well as creating a gas shortage for the first time in decades. Damages had been estimated to be approximately $18 billion. With loss of electricity, running water, and heat, thousands of residents and businesses were displaced in the aftermath of Sandy.

Today, StreetEasy is proud to release our one-year anniversary report as we look back on the New York City real estate market after Superstorm Sandy, entitled, “A Tale of Two Recoveries.” The report provides a unique look at how quickly the NYC real estate market reacted, how quickly it recovered and by how much by looking at closings, sales listings and rental listings data.

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  • Median listing price increased 5.8% since six months ago and by 9.5% since a year ago.
  • Overall inventory has declined by 20.7% compared to six months ago and by 27.5% since last year. The Upper West and Upper Manhattan had the biggest declines in inventory.
  • There were 26.1% fewer new contracts compared to six months ago but 21.4% more since a year ago.

Brooklyn & Queens

  • In Brooklyn, contracts have decreased 27.6% since six months ago and by 19.2% since last year. Inventory has declined 34.4% since six months ago and by 49.9% since a year ago.
  • In Queens, the median listing price is now $660,000 which is 1.3% lower than six months ago and 3.3% higher than a year ago. Inventory declined by 58.5% since six months ago and by 64.3% since a year ago.

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