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Monday Market Video: Average Manhattan Home Now Costs $2M

Alexis Christophorous Interviews Jonathan Miller on Manhattan’s Luxury Market & Foreign Buyers

Last week major real estate firms in Manhattan issued their Q1 2016 Manhattan Market Reports. According to the reports, the average Manhattan home now costs $2 million. The reports also reveal some interesting insights into foreign buyer trends and the larger real estate market.

When speaking to clients in the last few months, these questions have come up repeatedly Read more…

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Manhattan Market: What Does a $2.5M Condo Really Cost Foreign Buyers Today?

Manhattan Market: What Does a $2.5M Condo Really Cost Foreign Buyers Today? Rise in local currency cost to a foreign buyer for $2.5M NY property, from 2014 to 2016 based solely on currency value fluctuation

Much has been written about Chinese and Russians dropping $30+ million on Manhattan luxury condominiums since 2012. As a result, even sellers of condos priced between $1-4 million ask: “Where are the foreign buyers for my home? What will you do to attract them?”

While huge amounts of foreign currency is being spent on US real estate, not every property type is benefiting from it or is appealing to an international buyer. Generally, foreign buyers who Read more…

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Luxury Real Estate Report: The Sargent Report – Spring 2015

Luxury Real Estate Report: The Sargent Report – Spring 2015

Tony Sargent has released an e-version of his Luxury Real Estate newsletter The Sargent Report – Spring 2015. The current issue features 2015 New York market predictions and other articles: Luxury New Development Update, International Snapshot, Digital 3.0 – Tech & Real Estate, and more.

As the world’s local agent, Tony Sargent provides his unique perspective and insight on Manhattan’s luxury market, as well as globally connected world-cities. A local expert, Tony has developed a private global network of top brokers with whom he shares clients and market knowledge to his clients’ benefit. Tony is tapped to speak at Industry events such as Inman Connect and RE/MAX’s European Annual Convention as well as many others and was recently invited to be a regular author/contributor to the highly acclaimed real estate industry news-site, Inman News recently.

To read the full four-page issue of The Sargent Report as a PDF, click here or on the Report in the right column. For a mobile-friendly Flip-book version, click here.

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Fox Business Asks Jonathan Miller, Are There Too Many Luxury Apartments in Manhattan?

Last month, Fox Business’ Deirdre Bolton interviewed Manhattan’s #1 go to person for clear and unfiltered real estate data, Jonathan Miller, President and CEO of Miller Samuel, Inc. a top appraisal and consulting firm. The questions on everyone’s lips today: Are developers building too many luxury homes and super-luxury condominiums in New York? Is there enough demand to meet the supply, and why have we not seen any significant new construction that serves the $3,000,000 or under market in Manhattan for years?

Jonathan does a fantastic job of answering these questions in this video. For a high net worth client considering a new development I recently completed a study of same unit re-sales in some of Manhattan’s top buildings built since 2006. Which buildings saw huge equity growth and which saw little, surprised me. I will share more on that in a future post.

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New York’s Fall Real Estate Luxury Market Starts Strong

New York’s Fall Real Estate Luxury Market Starts Strong Downtown Manhattan as seen from the Empire State Building - Photo by Tony Sargent (C) 2014

The Manhattan real estate market is picking up again in the luxury sector. While there was a slight lull in the summer between mid-June and July by August properties that had been on the market for a month or two started going to contract.  While I was in in San Francisco in July at Inman Connect’s real estate conference speaking on a luxury panel, I heard that the mid-luxury levels in San Francisco and Los Angeles had also been slow for a month or more. Was the market turning?

Traditionally the Fall market in New York is our secondary market – Buyers who did not have a chance to secure a property in the robust spring market re-enter market again in the Fall after a summer off.

I believe the Fall market started early this year – in August. The intense seller’s market for the first six months of the year lead to a slower June and July because of buyer fatigue. Added to that, listing inventory while having climbed somewhat in the 2nd quarter of 2014 over the 1st quarter was still well below the 5-year averages making it more challenging for buyers to find the properties they hoped for – rather than continuing a seemingly futile effort they stopped. (Read Streeteasy’s July Condo Report here)

As a result, in my view the level of pent-up demand is still extremely high. The buyers who are willing to step up and make a quick decision and not sweat the small stuff with regards to negotiations will buy properties this fall. Those buyers who are choosy and question every aspect of the deal or contract will be a disadvantage in negotiations.

For the buyers who’ve decided to stay put in their current homes until ‘the right one’ shows up some will (like many before them) choose instead to stay put and to invest in a country or Hamptons home to provide the escape from Manhattan.

What I’m seeing in the first two weeks of September is that the mid to high-end luxury market is very strong and contracts are getting signed on new properties and those which had seen showings but no contracts. Listings that I have been following as well as new developments also reported signed contracts in the first 19 days of September. For me August was very busy with properties that went to contract including 30 Bond, Penthouse and 200 Eleventh Avenue after multiple bids.

In the luxury development market new properties have started to be announced for the fall market. The face of New York’s residential real estate is changing, as is the design and height limits. With super tall sky-scrapers coming to the city, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the world’s global elite in terms of luxury offerings in the future. It’s an exciting period in residential design.

 

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Apartment Buying Tips: How Did I Know I’d Found My New York Dream Home?

Apartment Buying Tips: How Did I Know I’d Found My New York Dream Home? November sunrise over the West Village | Photo by Tony Sargent (C) 2013

This morning I awoke to this spectacular dawn. The opportunity to experience nature as art in our city of steel and concrete is unique and why a New York view costs more.

Ten years ago, buying my first apartment in New York I looked for three months. When I first started looking, the dream apartment I hoped for was bigger and less expensive than the reality turned out to be. Maintenance would be lower. Then I started looking. Read more…

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6 Reasons Manhattan Real Estate Prices Aren’t Going Down Any Time Soon

6 Reasons Manhattan Real Estate Prices Aren’t Going Down Any Time Soon Sailing in New York Harbor | Photo by Tony Sargent (C) 2013

While 2013 has seen Manhattan luxury real estate flying off the market the larger story is that every great 1 to 3-bedroom apartment has 3+ buyers desiring to buy it. Here are 6 reasons why this trend is sustainable:

  1. Manhattan apartment stock is approximately 70% rental. With only 30% of apartments for sale there is already a built in potential for inventory shortage as society becomes increasingly affluent and established. Also while only 25% of apartments are condominiums/new developments, they accounted for approximately 50+% of all sales in the boom years, foreshadowing today’s re-sale inventory shortage.  Additionally, co-op owners stay in their units longer than condo owners putting enormous pressure on existing re-sale inventory.
  2. New development construction dried up for five years starting in 2008.  Today most new developments are aimed at the high-end market and priced at $2,000+ per square foot leaving overall mid-level re-sale inventory at 12-15 year lows.
  3. As newly minted Social Media and Internet entrepreneurs join the growing ranks of the global “1%” and baby boomers buying in New York, while Wall Street performance continues to be a barometer of the strength of Manhattan’s market, in 2013 the market has become less dependent on Wall Street’s middle level employee bonuses to remain strong.
  4. Lifestyle & Safety = people-friendly, family-friendly and senior-friendly. The safety of Manhattan and New York (look at Brooklyn) has grown exponentially with computer-modeled policing and development of areas once seen as off-limits.  Long-time residents mingle with baby-strollers as families decide to remain in New York. The great cultural lifestyle offered in Manhattan is drawing back wealthy baby-boomers to Manhattan from the suburbs while keeping those who would have left 20 years ago, in the city longer.
  5. High Rents and low mortgage rates continue to drive buyers of all price points back to the sales market.
  6. TV, Innovation & Tech: Entertainment filmed in New York adds to the city’s appeal to people, globally.

A beacon for leading creative or financial professionals, as well as global entrepreneurs desiring to make a splash, all arrows are pointing up again in New York.

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