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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 Walking up and down Devoe, Ainslie or Powers street old homes have been replaced by more modern designs.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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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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Monday Market | For Sellers: Are Prices Dropping Downtown?

Monday Market | For Sellers: Are Prices Dropping Downtown? West Chelsea's High Line District and Cary Tamarkin's 456 West 19th Street | Photo: Tony Sargent

Has ultra-luxury development gone too far? Cary Tamarkin’s 10 Sullivan development announced that it is splitting its 8,000 Square foot Soho Penthouse, following CIM Group and Macklowe Properties late 2015 decision to do the same to some larger unsold units at the ultra-luxury 432 Park Avenue. Brokers have begun to quietly wonder if we’ve hit the peak of luxury in price point and market saturation.

Starting in 2013, strong demand for downtown luxury new developments combined with extremely low re-sale inventory caused re-sale values to skyrocket. The price-per-square-foot ceiling rose on all sales as local, domestic and international buyers snapped up properties at a frenetic pace.

Lately though, I’ve been noticing Read more…

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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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Early Fall-Out From Treasury Department’s New Real Estate Disclosure Rules?

Early Fall-Out From Treasury Department’s New Real Estate Disclosure Rules? New York Times report on LLC purchases spurs new rules on owner transparency - Photo: Tony Sargent NYC (C) 2016

Thanks to today’s globalized economy, few blink an eye when real estate investors snap up properties around the globe. Most of the time, buying a pied-a-terre here and a villa there is simply a particularly fabulous form of collecting or a portfolio management decision.

In 2014, the New York Times ran an investigative report on some Read more…

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Fall’s Most Buzzed About Real Estate Conversions

Empire Stores DUMBO Rendering

Rendering: Midtown Equities’ retail and office conversion Empire Stores located in DUMBO in the Brooklyn Bridge; http://www.empirestoresdumbo.com/

With little space to build new properties in hyper-dense New York City, it’s no surprise that developers are eager to give makeovers to pre-existing buildings not living up to their potential. Whether they are being redone with an eye towards retail or commercial occupation, there are a slew of exciting renovations slated to open in the next few months all around the city. Check out a few of the most buzzed about below:

  1. Dumbo’s Empire Stores: Dumbo has long been one of Brooklyn’s chicest neighborhoods, with residents like style-setter Olivia Palermo upping the style factor on this quiet waterfront oasis of calm. The neighborhood is about to get a fresh injection of fashion and fun with the 19th century warehouse Empire Stores opening the end of this year. Expect stunning views over the city, and
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Posted on March 15, 2018

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