We crunched the numbers for the 2012 real estate market in Manhattan and have found some interesting trends regarding increased consumer demand and the amount of new inventory scheduled to hit the market in 2013.
While stock broker’s yells are muffled by the bustling air that is Lower Manhattan, a new voice can be heard -- the voice of residents. The first ten years of the 21st century have brought changes to the Financial District. Office spaces have been remodeled into remarkable residential quarters. Brand new condominium buildings have also been rising to situate themselves alongside the more historic premises. It seems that the name of the Financial District has also been revamped in the excitement, as it is more endearingly referred to as ‘FiDi’ today.
If the listings on this site are any indication, there are certainly a lot of new buildings coming into Manhattan’s real estate arena. To live in a luxury apartment in the city is a dream of many a New Yorker, and these prized new developments are being created to satisfy the demand for these remarkable homes. Recent reports have said that there’s been a rise in the construction of such new residences, with new building permits being issued left, right and center.
While it's easy to get caught up in fiscal cliff debates, Mayan doomsday predictions, and stories from New Year's parties, sometimes it makes sense to take a step back and look at the numbers. Just how does New York's housing market, and Manhattan in particular, compare to the rest of the US?
With residential real estate inventory levels as low as they are in New York City, it seems that people on the lookout for luxury condominiums in Manhattan are now willing to put their money down for homes even before they are actually built. With the demand for apartments showing no signs of diminishing, and the number of actual apartments for sale still at a minimum, people are now putting their hopes for new homes in the many new buildings that are rising up around the city. Besides being very impressive in their design and architecture, these rising structures have also managed to command top dollar in an increasingly competitive real estate market.
Thanks to both the success and the grandeur of their offerings at 15 Central Park West and 18 Gramercy Park South, real estate developers William Lie and Arthur Zeckendorf have now attained a reputation of being the creators of some of the most luxurious (and most desired) homes in New York City. As a result, the city’s real estate sector is suitably buzzed about their newest development at 50 UN Plaza, located at 345 East 46th Street in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood.
With both residential and office towers popping up like wildflowers all around the city, an annual report by The New York Building Congress predicts that the annual construction spending in the city is expected to reach a record high of $30.7 billion this year. This development has been hailed as good news for New York City’s real estate sector, as this is the first time that the city’s overall construction spending has exceeded $30 billion since 2008. This rise in spending has been credited to two main reasons: an increase in demand for luxury housing, as well as an increase in activity in both non-residential projects and government spending.
With apartment rents in Manhattan continuing to shoot up every day, it is now rather commonplace to consider becoming a homeowner in the city rather than a tenant. With several new developments currently being built all over New York City, there is a large number of options to choose from as your next home. With some research, one can find their next home in the slew of new construction in Manhattan, and get a head start in the race to get such residences. After all, New York City’s real estate market is an extremely tough and fickle one, and getting a good pad is more often a case of being the early bird that catches the worm.
As covered extensively by New Construction Manhattan, the Manhattan real estate market has been booming from the number of condominium sales in the past month despite the struggles of the national and global economy. Enthusiastic buyers, spurred by a 3% decrease in market-wide inventory since last year, have diligently pursued apartments for sale in Manhattan, and this trend has greatly benefited brokers, many of whom now find themselves selling condominiums above their asking prices.
It’s a good time to be a part of Manhattan’s residential brokerages. With a recovering market, several real estate offices in Manhattan have been able to maintain or even expand their ranks and value. While the number of overall condo listings on the market may have declined, the value of these Manhattan condos has dramatically increased by 12%. This trend is still led out on top by the Corcoran group, boasting both the highest current number of agents and 3.5 billion dollars worth of sales. Other firms such as Prudential Douglas Elliman and Halstead Property are also doing quite well for themselves, showing double-digit percent increases in listings. While the real estate market in Manhattan continues to be dominated by a few big names, these trends of increase seem to predict growing opportunity for real estate agencies in New York.