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Manhattan and Brooklyn prices end 2015 at record highs

Staff writer ▼ | January 29, 2016
Manhattan's median resale price rose 7.1 percent from last year to $1,002,008, a record high and the first time in history that it exceeded $1 million.
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Properties   Median resale price rose 7.1 percent in Manhattan
Manhattan and Brooklyn resale prices are forecasted to increase 0.8% and 4.2%.
Brooklyn median resale price reached a record high, soaring 8.3 percent above last year's level to $537,193, according to the StreetEasy Price Index.

Median rent stayed at or near record highs, with Manhattan median rent increasing 4.7 percent from last year to $3,112. Median rents in Brooklyn grew 2.1 percent from last year to $2,630.

Manhattan and Brooklyn resale prices are forecasted to increase 0.8 percent and 4.2 percent over the next 12 months, respectively, both a fraction of their 2015 growth. Record high prices will weigh on buyers and increased supply in the luxury segment will dampen price growth in 2016.

The winter chill had little impact on the sales and rentals markets.
The winter chill had little impact on the Manhattan and Brooklyn sales and rentals markets, as resale and rental prices in Manhattan and Brooklyn continued to climb in the fourth quarter.

According to the Q4 2015 StreetEasy Market Reportsi, Manhattan's median resale price grew 7.1 percent from last year to $1,002,008, marking a record high and breaking $1 million for the first time in historyii. Brooklyn's median resale price also reached a record high, soaring 8.3 percent above last year's level to $537,193.

The Upper Manhattan submarket continued to see significant price increases in the fourth quarter, reflecting the high level of competition mounting above 110th Street as buyers expand their search for relative value.

The median resale price in Upper Manhattan increased at double the pace of Manhattan (14.6 percent year-over-year) to $641,882.

In Brooklyn, prices grew the most in East Brooklyn, where the median resale price grew 18.1 percent to $464,285.

Rent prices in Manhattan and Brooklyn also continued to rise. According to the StreetEasy Rent Indicesiii, median rent increased 4.7 percent in Manhattan to a record high of $3,112, and 2.1 percent to a near record high of $2,630 in Brooklyn.

A key factor fueling higher prices is the lack of inventory on the market, intensifying market competitiveness. In Manhattan, sales inventory sunk 14.4 percent from Q3 and remained 3.5 percent below last year's level.

In Brooklyn, sales inventory decreased 13.2 percent from Q3 and only recorded a 1.5 percent increase year-over-year.

Despite the continued upward momentum recorded at the end of 2015, there are signs of an impending slow-down, suggesting that we've reached the end of the surge seen over the past two years.

The Manhattan median resale price is forecasted to grow by 0.8 percent over the next 12 months to $1,010,243, according to the StreetEasy Price Forecastiv, a significant reduction from the 7.1 percent growth over the previous 12 months.

The last time Manhattan saw annual price appreciation at or below 0.8 percent was February 2012. Slower price growth is also expected in Brooklyn.

The median resale price in Brooklyn is forecasted to grow by 4.2 percent over the next 12 months to $560,005, just half the growth rate of 2015. The last time Brooklyn saw annual price appreciation at or below 4.2 percent was October 2012.


 

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