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New York Luxury Real Estate: Why Manhattan’s $10M+ Market Offers Huge Buyer Opportunity

In working with several clients of mine, I’ve become intimately familiar with the $10M plus market place in Manhattan. I predict the $10M plus market place will offer buyers great opportunities through 2019.

Why? In 2012 developers started building luxury buildings; the high cost of land and development somewhat forced developers’ hand into the luxe market to make numbers work. An unprecedented re-sale at 15 Central Park West topped $80 million started the ultra-luxury race at One57 and in Manhattan everyone chased the money. The market took off and developers followed and the funnel of buyers seemed unending.

20/20 hindsight shows us that the top of the market was early 2016. Cracks started though in 2014 when oil prices dropped, the US dollar strengthened, Manhattan’s prices shot through the roof and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) growth faltered. Looking for better returns global buyers turned to other markets including San Francisco and the Los Angeles area. This market continues to adjust here.

Today (Jan 28, 2019) in Manhattan there are 600+/- active homes priced above $10 Million:
8% of all active listings on the market. As a comparison in 2014, $10M+ sales represented only 1-2% of Manhattan properties. We have a high-inventory issue.

Newly signed $10 Million+ contracts currently average approximately 19 per month, meaning there’s a 30-month supply of $10 million+ homes in Manhattan. Uber-luxe homes which sold in Jan 2019, were discounted from 7-30% off their last asks.

As a smart investor or buyers now is an opportune time to make your move on Manhattan. Secure a stunning property at a fantastic price. Interested? Click here to connect with me. Let’s talk

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Best of Chelsea and Downtown’s 2-3 Bedroom Condos and Lofts

Sunday is “Open House” day in New York real estate. Here’s a list of some gorgeous downtown properties in Manhattan (Scroll Down over My Image & Click onto each listing to view it). From Chelsea and Flatiron to Soho and Tribeca, if you’re looking for a 2-3 Bedroom Condo, Coop or Loft home, check these listings out. Open Houses are happening today. For more information and to receive answers to any of your questions about buying or selling in New York, contact me at Tony.sargent@compass.com. I’ve had 18+ years of experience working with clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Happy to share my knowledge with you!

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Quick Market Update – NYC Luxury Real Estate

Quick Market Update – NYC Luxury Real Estate 60 Powers Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn - Photo: Tony Sargent

Wherever you are in New York, people ask – “How’s the market?” “The Market” really depends on which segment of the real estate market you are interested in. New York’s market is divided by neighborhood, by price point and property type.

Sellers ranging from Greenwich Village Studios to Deluxe Upper West Side apartments and to West Village Townhouse owners have contacted me lately asking about the market and evaluating selling. I’ve been actively marketing 2-3 Bedroom homes in Chelsea and Williamsburg, Brooklyn giving me a deep snapshot into the market on multiple levels.

  • West Village Studios – ($550K to $850K)  – The Studio / 1Br market is picking up again after a slow summer and fall. Contracts are being signed at a faster clip. Prices seem to be stable
  • Chelsea 2-3 Bedrooms – ($2.25M to $3.3M) – Chelsea continues to have higher levels of inventory in this category, providing buyers with some opportunity. Well priced listings are selling, or those listings that lingers have been going to contract, after their prices align with buyer expectations. On average 5-7 contracts have been signed per month with approximately 50+ active units on the market. My listing has a contract out. Fingers crossed!
  • Williamsburg –  When you move away from the Williamsburg waterfront and look at townhouses, there is little on the market that is not older. Around the Lorimer Street / Metropolitan Avenue area development of multi-family homes is evident. Walking up and down Devoe, Ainslie or Powers street old homes have been replaced by more modern designs. The are is vibrant and for the un-initiated, the Lorimer / Powers area is almost the perfect tip of the triangle to be able to have access to South Williamsburg and Williamsburg Bridge within minutes or being able to access the Bedford Street area and McCarren Park of Williamsburg. My listing there at 60 Powers Street has seen a lot of activity of late. Buyers are out in force – and many already live in the area and are renting or begrudgingly looking outside of Dumbo where they have been enjoying loft living for many years.  The big question is this: What about the L-train?  After being in Brooklyn now for two months to prep and stage my listing and market it, I’m in love. The train also (especially from Lorimer St) will hopefully be less of an issue than one thinks. To get to mid-town it’s four short stops to Court Square and a connection to the E or 7 train as well as others. For downtown, it’s easy to get to the J,M and Z trains.
  • Luxury Properties – The luxury sector has picked up significantly compared to 2017. That’s not to say it’s flying, however buyers who were on the sidelines have jumped into the market and are buying properties which have been reduced in price. Reports have been showing 24+ signed contracts over $4 Million which is a significant jump from the slower months recently. New Developments are still commanding the highest prices and volume of new luxury contracts with their views, amenities such as private garages and secure driveways like at 70 Vestry Street in Tribeca.

Bottom line: It’s still a challenging market for most, however if well positioned both sellers and buyers have opportunity in this market. If you have any questions, please contract me. I’m happy to help you.

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Buying Real Estate: “Collections” by Compass Makes It Easier

Buying New York real estate, or any real estate usually involves working with a buyer’s broker. Traditionally since around the mid-1990s that meant hundreds of emails back and forth over the course of your search over the period sometimes of many months to track which properties you or your broker were interested in. As technology and the world moved forward to a smooth and friction-free existence in process – for some reason, real estate did not. Sure, you get alerts from portals and your agent did too, but ever miss an email? Miss a new listing before it was snapped up? No more.

Compass created “Collections” for you and for your agent to be in synch with the market and your desired parameters, 24/7 in real time. No more emails. All your notes, discussions, hopes and dreams in one online location that’s on your phone or browser.

Want to make sure you don’t miss your next dream house? Download the Compass App or visit Compass.com to get started and contact me at Tony.sargent@compass.com. Let’s get your search moving from “I’m hoping for…” to “I can’t believe I found my dream home…” – Tony Sargent

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Monday Market: Co-op Sales Hit New Low Due to Scarce Inventory

Monday Market: Co-op Sales Hit New Low Due to Scarce Inventory 891 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor sold for a record price in 2015, however, downtown condos sell for more per Square Foot. Photo: Rich Caplan

In 2015, a confluence of micro-market trends led to one of Manhattan’s most successful – and competitive – real estate years on record. My team and I have been digging through the numbers to better understand how 2015’s trends will impact sales in 2016.

Average Sales Prices Up 12% in 2015, Re-Sale Up 15%, Lofts Up 13%

Overall, average sales prices increased by 12 percent. New developments and re-sale prices increased 8 and 15 percent respectively, according to Jonathan Miller’s quarterly report. Average price-per-square-foot skyrocketed 28 percent over 2014. Median prices rose a strong 15 percent, thanks to multiple new luxury development units closing during Q4 2015 that went to contract during 2013 and 2014.

Co-op sales volume Read more…

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New York Luxury Real Estate Update | From “Versailles” to Jeff Koons’ New Studio

New York Luxury Real Estate Update |  From “Versailles” to Jeff Koons’ New Studio The High Line District has transformed in 1 year | Photo from Sept 28, 2014 by Tony Sargent

As all New Yorkers know, if you’re not moving forward, you’re behind, and real estate is no exception. Summer saw some of the island’s most influential denizens make real estate moves and news in keeping with the city’s exhilarating pace.

Some noted developments:

Alert to all aspiring Upper East Side trophy property holders and investors: there was a drop in the asking price for the “Versailles in Manhattan” and the listing moved over to Compass. Kenneth D. Laub’s spectacular East 64th Street townhome, dubbed “Versailles in Manhattan” for its rococo Louis XIV layout and interiors can now be yours for a cool $25 million. Over on Fifth Avenue Read more…

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Chinese Buyers Purchase $28.6 Billion in US Property, Find Safe Haven in New York Real Estate

Chinese Buyers Purchase $28.6 Billion in US Property, Find Safe Haven in New York Real Estate

This summer, a luxury family home in Scarsdale, NY sold for $1.75 million. On the surface, such a sale is hardly remarkable. In fact, perhaps the most unremarkable part of the sale is that the buyer’s Chinese nationality drew little attention. Even a year or two ago, the sale of a non-Manhattan luxury home to a foreign investor would have been unusual. Today, it’s increasingly commonplace. The Shanghai-based investor who purchased the Scarsdale home (and immediately rented it out to a local family) is one of hundreds of Chinese investors who are increasingly investing in real estate not just in Manhattan, but also in New York’s boroughs and suburbs.

In the last year, Chinese buyers have replaced Russian buyers as the primary real estate buyers in New York– and this trend is expected to continue throughout 2015. Given current international market fluctuations and Russia’s continued economic struggles, this news may come as little surprise to many of you.

Since last year, Ukrainian turmoil, economic sanctions against Russia and a progressively worsening economy have slowed down Russian purchases in New York real estate, said Marlen Kruzhkov, an attorney with Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum who advises many investors from former Soviet Union countries.

Chinese buyers, on the other hand, are eagerly pulling savings from their home country and investing overseas, and New York real estate has been a prime target for these investments. The recent stock market crash, including the late August drop of 8.46% in a single day for the Chinese exchange – capping off a 32% drop between June and July, according to Bloomberg data – has only enhanced the trend.

In the year ending in March 2015, for the first time, Chinese buyers exceeded all other buyers in terms of unit purchases and dollar volume, purchasing $28.6 billion worth of U.S. property, according to National Association of Realtors. In particular, they have been finding their safe heaven in New York real estate.

“New York is an international market. They feel that the market is very transparent, very conservative and they feel very comfortable in coming to the U.S. and to buy real estate in New York,” said Emily Zhu, director of marketing for Advantage America EB-5 Group, who works with many Chinese developers and investors in the U.S.

As the Scarsdale purchase reflects, Manhattan is no longer the only target for foreign investors, who have been seeking better prices and yields in the other boroughs. “A lot of Chinese buyers are starting to accept places others than Manhattan,” Ms. Zhu said.

For instance, Chinese developer New Empire Real Estate (NERE) is currently building on Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue and “there are a float of Chinese buyers that buy even before the development is constructed; there are a lot of pre-sales,” said Ms. Zhu, who represents the developer.

After the stock market turmoil, “some Chinese investors will want even more to diversify their assets in order to own something that is tangible rather that intangible,” Ms. Zhu said.

Things have changed for Russian buyers. “The economy is contracting terribly and the situation is getting progressively worse,” said Mr. Kruzhkov. As a result, he added, “The nature of purchasers has changed. There are less people buying.”

In particular, small and medium-sized Russian investors seem to have disappeared altogether from the New York City real estate market.

Only the wealthiest are still around, but they have changed their targets.

“In the last 6 months, they have been investing in different things, they are not necessarily buying apartments. They are investing more in development projects or pre-existing income producing buildings, more commercial or mixed-use,” properties said Mr. Kruzhkov.

For example, one of his Russian clients recently sold a Manhattan apartment for almost $25 million. He immediately re-invested in a development project.

A major flow of foreign capital into New York’s development market – especially as Chinese markets continue to cool – is a trend to watch in the coming months.

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