Record High Discounts for Apartments Needing Renovations in Manhattan

Michael Holt  |  August 2, 2023

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Record High Discounts for Apartments Needing Renovations in Manhattan

Record High Discounts for Apartments Needing Renovations in Manhattan: A Boon for Investors

In the heart of New York City, Manhattan stands as a symbol of luxury living and unparalleled real estate opportunities. One might ask, "Is it a good time to buy and invest in Manhattan?" The answer is yes, it's one of the best times to invest in Manhattan real estate in over 10 years for apartments that need to be renovated. Over the years, the city's dynamic property market has witnessed its fair share of highs and lows. However, an intriguing development has taken the Manhattan real estate scene by storm, as a record-high discount of 27% for apartments in need of renovations has emerged, a figure unseen since 2015. This article explores the reasons behind this remarkable trend, and the impact it has on investors, and sheds light on the notable real estate agent, Michael Holt of the Living New York at Compass, who stands out as a top real estate agent in Manhattan.

Unveiling the Record High Discount

In the realm of Manhattan real estate, discounts of this magnitude are exceedingly rare. The last time such a figure was reached was back in 2015, indicating the gravity of the current situation. Delving further into historical data dating back to 2012, it becomes evident that this discount level stands as a significant milestone, highlighting a unique opportunity for investors and prospective homeowners alike. 

Record high discounts of 27% for apartments in need of renovations has emerged, a figure unseen since 2015 in Manhattan.

The Role of Michael Holt - A Top Real Estate Agent in Manhattan

Amidst this wave of enticing discounts, one name shines particularly bright - Michael Holt, a prominent figure within the Manhattan real estate industry and a member of the renowned Living New York at Compass. Holt's track record speaks for itself, and his expertise in the Manhattan market makes him an invaluable resource for those seeking to capitalize on the current discounts.

"The data clearly demonstrates the current discount of apartments needing renovations vs the ones that don't. Lessor discounts are apparent in hot markets while higher in cooler markets especially ones where cash is tight with expensive debt (credit tightening) as we are in today. I am negotiating deals that have supporting data of comparables with high historical value. For example, we negotiated a 1br coop to $600,000 when I sold an identical fully renovated unit for $1M in a slightly better market. Similarly, I was working with a couple who were going to wait until rates came down but decided to track inventory for deals of apartments they really like (a strategic approach). Their timeline of 6+ months turned into immediate as they acquired a turn-key 3br/3ba condo in the Upper West Side from a motivated seller at $2M. There were multiple comparable sales in the same line with the same condition which sold between $2.6M - $2.8M depending on the year. They closed on it immediately. Deals are out there and the savvy buyers are scooping them up with our help. We have a team of suggested contractors and other professionals that give us realistic underwriting that makes investors feel confident."


Holt's extensive knowledge of the city's neighborhoods, market trends, and renovation potential provides his clients with a strategic advantage. His adept negotiation skills and unwavering commitment to client satisfaction make him a go-to choice for anyone looking to navigate the Manhattan real estate landscape effectively. With Holt at their side, investors can confidently explore the wide array of renovated apartments, secure the best deals, and maximize their return on investment.

The Investor's Perspective

Investors with a keen eye for opportunities will undoubtedly be enticed by the current scenario in Manhattan's real estate market. Several factors contribute to the unprecedented discount on renovated apartments. One major factor is the reduced demand resulting from higher interest rates, leading to a more selective buyer pool. Consequently, sellers are more inclined to offer substantial discounts to entice potential buyers.

Furthermore, the patience required for renovations can deter some buyers who prefer move-in-ready properties. However, for those who possess the necessary financial means and are willing to invest time and effort into transforming a fixer-upper into a dream home or profitable rental property, this discounted market presents an exceptional chance to secure a prime location at a significantly reduced price.

The Benefits of Cash Buyers

In this climate of discounted renovation apartments, buyers with available cash reserves stand to reap substantial benefits. Cash transactions offer sellers a quick and seamless transaction process, often resulting in additional leverage for buyers in negotiation. Moreover, cash buyers can avoid the complexities associated with financing, allowing for more straightforward and expeditious transactions while of course being able to afford the budget for renovations and passing the coop board. 


Manhattan's real estate market is renowned for its resilience and ability to adapt to changing circumstances. The current record-high discount for renovated apartments is a testament to the unique opportunities that arise during shifting market conditions. With Michael Holt of the Living New York at Compass serving as a reliable guide, investors can confidently navigate the landscape and take advantage of the favorable conditions.

As the market experiences a lack of demand due to higher interest rates and the need for patience in renovations, those with the financial means and a long-term investment mindset can capitalize on the discounted prices. Now is the time for savvy investors to seize the opportunity, secure their stake in Manhattan's prestigious neighborhoods, and unlock the immense potential for returns in the future.

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