Upper Manhattan Real Estate Market Update - New for May 2023!

NYC Housing Market UpdateThe NYC real estate market is constantly in flux, making it essential for homeowners and prospective buyers alike to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Whether you're curious about the impact of recent changes or want to know if now's the right time to sell, this blog post will give you an overview of current real estate market trends in New York City. We'll cover this year's latest news alongside former updates so buyers and sellers can get a well-rounded perspective. Here's what you need to know about the NYC housing market.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

May 2023 Manhattan Real Estate Market Report

A City on the Move

Manhattan's real estate market has always been a fascinating beast. It constantly evolves and adapts to external forces, from interest rates to public sentiment. Recently, we've witnessed some interesting developments in this bustling hub.

In an uplifting start, it looks like the Manhattan real estate market is moving again. The past few years have been a rollercoaster, but finally, the unsubstantiated fear seems to be subsiding. Sellers are beginning to list again, and buyers are coming off the sidelines. It's heartening to see the city's real estate heartbeat picking up its rhythm once again.

The Numbers are In

As of this month, listings have increased by 9.7%, totaling 9,619 homes for sale in Manhattan. The median list price stands at $1,349,625. Homes are on the market for an average of 87 days, a figure that's begun to decrease, signaling a shift in market dynamics.

The Interest Rate Conundrum

There's no denying that interest rates have had their fair share of influence on buyer behavior. With a shift in perspective, buyers have begun accepting the 6% interest rate as a decent rate. It's no longer a case of the "sky is falling," but rather a new equilibrium has been found.

Market Prices by Bedrooms

Listing prices are rising for all Manhattan property types, but especially among large homes. The demand for space has significantly increased, with a notable 6.5% price jump for five-bedroom homes, making now a great time to sell bigger homes. This trend indicates a shift in buyer preference towards larger spaces, potentially a response to the pandemic-influenced trend of working from home.

Sellers Can Thrive in A Buyer's Market

Despite the uptick in prices, over 95% of homes in Manhattan are selling below-asking price, suggesting that it's currently a buyer's market. It's a great time to get a good deal if you're in the market to buy a home. However, sellers shouldn't be discouraged. Instead, they should focus on pricing their properties correctly to facilitate faster sales.

In this dynamic market, it's crucial to have a local expert who understands the complexities of the Manhattan real estate market and knows how to navigate it effectively. Whether you're considering buying or selling, these insights can help you make the right decisions.

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NYC Real Estate Market Report | April 2023

Is New York City entering a sellers' market? Prices can change quickly and dramatically depending on a variety of factors, including supply and demand, interest rates, and economic conditions. So what does the current market look like? Spring is always a promising season for real estate, and the market activity so far in April 2023 suggests that home sales are in bloom.

According to Zillow, there were 4,898 listings in New York City in April 2023—a 13% increase from April 2022. This indicates that sellers are more confident about listing their homes for sale in this market. That in turn will result in more buyers coming off the sidelines as inventory finally increases to meet consumer demand. 

The median home value in New York City is currently $917,159—a 1% decrease from last year's median home value. And the average number of days on market has decreased by 14%, meaning homes are also selling faster than last year. Sellers are finally facing the fact that they cannot get the same prices they would have a few years ago and that buyers are gaining the power to negotiate. More buyers are making offers now because they believe prices are close to the bottom and don’t want to miss out on the discounts.

Overall, the residential real estate market in New York City remains strong. If you're considering buying or selling a home in New York City right now, it's important to stay up-to-date with current trends so you can make informed decisions about your next move!

NYC Real Estate Market Report | February 2023 Forecast

By now, we're all well aware that the market has cooled compared to last year. Personally, I'm tired of comparing 2021, one of the greatest years in real estate ever, to 2022, one of the slowest on record. "The experts" talk as if either of these markets were normal, and let me be the first to tell you–they're not.

Let's make one final comparison. As we know, 2021 was the greatest year in sales in the history of recording data...it was pure fire every day of the year. As a result, this time last year, there were 4,459 closings in New York City, all thanks to the Q4 market of 2021. NOW this year, we're at 1,155 closings which is about 75% less. Since property values have not decreased by 75%, there may be hope on the horizon.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with conforming loan balances (meaning mortgages $647,200 or less) fell three basis points to 6.2%, hitting a fresh four-month low.

30 Year Fixed Mortgage Rates as of Jan. 2023

If rates continue to fall and home prices stay the same, I expect to see a ton of potential home buyers come back into play. And it's already started. Mortgage applications surged 27.9% in the second week of January, the most significant jump since the first week of March 2020, and they jumped another 7% the following week.

MBA Purchase Applications as of Jan. 2023

Let's look at the data....Currently, on the market, there are 12,986 in all five boroughs of New York City, and 1,604 of those listings had a price drop this month. We are beginning to see the motivated sellers take action by reducing their prices.

There are two ways this can play out: First, if we continue seeing mortgage rates stabilize and continue to go down along with an increase in buyer demand, buyers will see fewer price reductions in the future. So if you're on the buying fence, take note of the opportunities on the market right now!

On the other hand, should interest rates increase, buyer demand may fall, leading to longer days on the market, which will increase the housing supply and inevitably lead to further price reductions for those sellers who actually want to sell their homes.

Whatever way the wind blows, we at the Bizzarro Real Estate Agency are committed to the community and ready to help those who seek it. Stay tuned next month's market report, where I'll get you the latest facts and market analysis. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you around the neighborhood.

2022 New York Real Estate Market Recap & 2023 Housing Forecast

If you take a look at sales in 2022, 11 out of the 12 months were lower compared to 2021. But wait—before we conclude about this being bad news for housing, it's essential not to forget that last year was an all-time high since 2005!

NYC Home Sales: 2021 vs 2022

This should not come as a shock. Consider things like:

  • demand destruction (aka market deceleration - caused by decreased affordability and rising interest rates)
  • traditional seasonal lulls
  • the record number of homes sold in 2020 and 2021

This is not like the market crash of 2008. Back then, we had an extreme overabundance of sellers and not nearly enough motivated buyers. Similarly, the market has slowed over the past few years. The significant difference now is the current lack of sellers. Would-be home sellers would prefer to keep their low mortgage interest rates.

NYC Real Estate Market Not Like 2008

Trends of the 80s Repeating Today

Look further into the past, and you'll figure out what's really going on. It's like the early '80s all over again; inflation is up, causing interest rates and mortgage rates to spike. History is repeating, but with nuanced differences. With rate lock-ins between 2 and 4%, many owners are staying put rather than opting for a new mortgage.

Inflation Graph 1970s & 1980s

This is expected to create an extended period of stagnation in the market, stretching out for at least 18 months into the future. We can also expect the rising rates to slow the increase in home prices, which is welcome new amid decreasing affordability for housing.

Proportion of Household Income For Housing Increasing

The surging real estate market is over, and home prices are starting to stabilize. This is the key to healthy growth over time and ultimately produces an optimal balance between supply and demand.

Keep Up With NYC Real Estate Trends

The NYC real estate market is constantly changing and shifting in response to national and local events. By being aware of the updates from this year and previous years, buyers and sellers can better adapt their strategies to suit the current conditions. For help with formulating a plan or if you have any questions about buying or selling property in NYC, check back on our regular updates.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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