Stiff Supply Drives Up New York City Home Prices

Stiff inventory kept on driving costs up in much of NYC in the second quarter of this current year, as per a recently released report by StreetEasy.

Queens’ homebuyers were hit the hardest by rising costs, with prices of homes rising considerably in almost every submarket.

Home prices were up 1.2 percent from a year ago to $1.1 million in Manhattan, up 5.6 percent to $757,507 in Brooklyn and up 8.3 percent to $500,302 in Queens in the second quarter.

The lack of accessible homes to purchase has kept the NYC market vying, and out of reach for a few buyers.

“Taking a gander at the current year’s home shopping season, we’re seeing a competitive landscape with rising home costs and falling supply levels over the City,” says StreetEasy Senior Economist Grant Long.

In Manhattan, prices of  homes were up in about each submarket. Just the Upper Manhattan submarket, one of the last remaining pockets of relative affordability in the district, recorded a slight yearly decline in home costs. Home prices dropped 0.4 percent from a year ago to $497,000 in the second quarter.

Manhattan’s “luxury” submarket, or homes estimated at or above $4 million, cooled. Home prices fell 3.5 percent from a year ago in the luxury submarket in the second quarter. In the interim, home prices in the entry level or “lower” level of the market ascended by near 5 percent from a similar time a year ago — the biggest increase recorded in Manhattan’s submarkets.

“Buyers searching for homes in the luxury sector will have the most negotiating power of any other buyer in the market as supply keeps on outpacing demand,” says Long.

Manhattan’s supply stayed tight in the second quarter as active listings diminished just about 22 percent from a year ago.

Meantime, the Brooklyn market for the most part reflected Manhattan’s in the second quarter, with costs up in almost every submarket. Home prices fell more than 10 percent from a year ago to $937,000 in Prospect Park, the main Brooklyn submarket to record a year-on-year diminish in home costs.

Additionally, Brooklyn home shoppers had a little more than 16 percent less residences to choose from in the second quarter contrasted with a similar time a year ago.

Brooklyn renters additionally felt the sting of rising costs. Rents hit $2,442 in the second quarter, up 1.3 percent from a year ago. That is one dollar short of the record-breaking peak of $2,443 reached in the third quarter of 2016.

Of the three boroughs examined by StreetEasy, home prices were up the most in Queens in the second quarter.

Home prices heightened no less than 5 percent from a year ago in each submarket yet the Rockaways, where they climbed 2.3 percent. Prices increased about 6 percent to $757,000 in the hot Northwestern submarket, which incorporates the quickly developing Long Island City neighborhood.

Supply in Queens remained generally unaltered in the second quarter from the levels recorded in the course of the most recent two years.

Queens renters got a touch of awful news in the second quarter. Median rents ascended more than 1 percent to $1,989 every month — a record-breaking high for the borough.

What’s more, despite the fact that the market was aggressive for buyers citywide, the share of homes with a price cut rose from a year ago in the second quarter — particularly in luxury submarket.

In Manhattan and Brooklyn, almost 4 percent of homes were marked down, and 6 percent in Queens were reduced.

“The share of homes that offered a price cut were up since a year ago, flagging that there are limits to how quick prices can rise and that sellers may be willing to negotiate,” says Long.

Homebuyers in the city searching for affordable housing ought to expect the aggressive market conditions to last past the summer buying season.

As per Long, the most reasonable homes across New York City are seeing prices rise the most and supply fall the sharpest – two key pointers of an exceedingly aggressive market.

Although high demand and low supply for affordable housing exist year-round, Long says this dynamic is felt “all the more intensely amid the summer home shopping season.”

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