RELEASED: Manhattan 3Q Market Report

Michael Holt  |  October 7, 2022

Market Reports

RELEASED: Manhattan 3Q Market Report

New York City 3rd Quarter Real Estate Market Report + Where The Real Estate Market Is Headed

 

NYC 3rd Quarter Market Report

The New York City 3rd Quarter market report for sales in Manhattan has just been released. I am going to break down the important highlights and give you insight into where the New York City real estate market is headed.

The Housing Market & Rising Mortgage Rates

The Manhattan Q3 Market Report is telling of the current market shift as high-interest rates are deterring buyers, especially at lower price points. The market pace was going 100mph in 2021 with the number of signed contracts hitting 10yr highs nearly every month so we were due for a slowdown which is being magnified by high-interest rates. The days of high buy-side urgency and record levels of deal activity are behind us.

 

 - Manhattan Apartment Sales - 

 

Median Sale Price

  • The third quarter median price ($1,150,000) decreased by 8% from 2022's second quarter however the median home price did increase from last year's quarter by 4.5%.

Recorded Sales

  • Sales were down 9.3% compared to Q3 2021 but up 11.8% versus last quarter.
  • Prices were up compared to last year but declined quarter-over-quarter, signaling price trends have likely reversed amid rising mortgage rates and economic concerns
  • Apartments priced up to $3M, accounting for 85.9% of sales, saw growth quarter-over-quarter, while those above $3M sawfewer sales
  • The $5-10M and $20M+ price brackets saw year-over-year growth, up 11.2% and 21.1%, respectively
  • Discounts continued to hover at 4% on average

Contracts Signed

  • Significantly fewer contracts were signed both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter, with 37.3% and 38.6% declines, respectively, returning to activity levels seen in 2019
  • The average price per square foot did not change year-over-year, suggesting much of the overall price shifts are due to change in average apartment size, which fell 7.5% year-over-year
  • The $3-5M price bracket saw the largest decline in activity, down 49.7% year-over-year and 47.8% quarter-over-quarter
  • Downtown saw a 42.8% year-over-year decline in sales, the most of any submarket, and saw a 13.2% decline in average price compared to Q3 2021

Inventory

  • Inventory climbed 14.9% year-over-year and 2.1% quarter-over-quarter to just above 7,100 active properties
  • New listings for the quarter were down 17.4% year-over-year and 34.8% quarter-over-quarter, indicating that owners are holding off on putting their property on the market amid the potential recession
  • The $5-10M price point accounted for 25.2% more inventory this year, while there were 10.2% fewer properties on the market for under $500K.

Where The NYC Real Estate Market Is Headed

History has shown us high inflation translates to higher rates which breed lower asset valuations with real estate trailing the stock market performance. During these volatile times with forecasts of decline, real estate becomes an attractive diversification for investors especially when lower asset values are combined with high rental rates. I forecast that the market is headed for a decline. Interest rates will continue to be at their current level or higher until inflation starts to decline significantly. The FED's inflation target is 2% and we're at 8% so I don't expect any relief in interest rates until this gap becomes closer. 

Questions I'm Receiving About The NYC Real Estate Market

 

Question 1: Why are the ultra-wealthy continuing to buy? 

While overall sales were down, transactions for apartments priced between $5M and 10M and those above $20M were up. What do you attribute this to? Why are the ultra-wealthy continuing to buy? 

Answer: The ultra-wealthy see real estate as a hedge with benefits from the volatile stock market. Uncertain times call for an emphasis on diversification. 

Question 2: Why are sellers holding off on listing?

The inventory of new listings to come on the market in Q3 was down. Why are sellers holding off on listing? What are you advising them? 

Answer: Many sellers are starting to become fearful of their ability to achieve their target selling price and are additionally concerned about the high-interest rate they'll have if having to buy elsewhere. This makes the process very unattractive until you see a drop in prices which eventually leads to the "trading up" phase in the market. I am advising my sellers to be very strategic in pricing and sensitive in how homebuyers and realtors are receiving their listings (everything from direct feedback from realtors in the big apple to buyer traffic, including the comparison of the average prices & price per square foot for similar residences in other neighborhoods.

Question 3: Do you think prices will fall dramatically? Why or why not? 

 

Answer: I do believe prices fall. Our local market is being impacted by macro-level factors which can be summed up into three words — high-interest rates. These rising mortgage rates will continue to be high if not higher until inflation decreases significantly. Keeping a strong economy with an aggressive approach to lowering inflation is essentially a catch-22 as drastic interest rate increases generally lead to a recession. 

Question 4: Who is buying New York Real Estate right now? 

 

Answer: Investors are strategically buying properties that have strong historical sales supported by higher rental rates. Sellers who are overpriced and/or have dated properties have been attractive targets. 

In Summary

The real estate market operates in cycles that can be measured by looking at local and macro-level current data and comparing them to historical trends. These cycles are one of the benefits of real estate investing as they can be better managed to avoid sharp volatility as we see in the stock market. I've inserted a Bloomberg article showing the steady growth of real estate values vs the volatility of the equity markets over a 15yr period. 

 

According to the latest quarterly Manhattan residential data, the market is starting to become more normal after being very active in 2021. People are still interested in buying homes, but high-interest rates and record inflation are making it harder for people who want to buy more affordable homes. However, people are still willing to pay a lot for a home if it is priced correctly.

While overall apartment sales were down 9.3 percent year-over-year, sales over $20 million increased. 21.1 percent compared to last year, indicating that most buyers are taking a wait-and-see approach. In contrast, ultra-luxury buyers who often purchase with little or no financing are willing to buy quality homes for their historical appreciation.

As mortgage rates rose, condo sales declined the most. The average sales price for all apartments was $1.9 million, up 5.2 percent from 2021 but down 8.7 quarter-over-quarter. The average condo sold for $2.75 million, and the average co-op price traded for $1.3 million. Overall, condo sales declined 15.7 percent compared to last year, and co-op trades jumped 21.9 percent compared to last quarter, strong indicators that most buyers are looking for more affordable apartments. Contract activity shrank sharply, foreshadowing an evolving market.

Contracts signed dwindled 37.3 percent year-over-year and 38 percent compared to Q3. Whatsmore the average price of contracts also trickled downward by 10.5 percent. The most significant shift was downtown, where contracts dropped 42.8 percent year-over-year. Nevertheless, it is essential to remember contracts signed do not include off-market deals, which have escalated in recent years. While comprehensive Q3 data represent a market correction, some things remain unchanged. First, New York real estate has historically appreciated, and people will always need a place to live. While the bidding wars and soaring prices of 2021 may be over, it would be a mistake to sour on Manhattan real estate in the long run.

Link To Full Third Quarter Report

How Real Estate Agents Help Navigate The Real Estate Market

We have all heard it before, when it comes to buying or selling a home, using a real estate agent is essential. They have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the complicated process and get the best deal possible. I do value analyses and offer strategies for buyers which leads to confidence that they're not overpaying and encouragement on appreciation growth in the foreseeable future for when they need to sell. For sellers, I offer a similar report, doing a value analysis with pricing strategies so that they can feel confident they aren't leaving money on the table while avoiding price cuts and market decline. Remember inflation at first increases home sales and home prices (even record-high prices) but as inflation rises and becomes too high it leads to rising rates. High mortgage rates lead to less buying which translates into more supply and eventually price reductions.

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