Manhattan luxury condo sales skew
apartment prices: survey
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[December 13, 2017]
By Herbert Lash
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A boom in newly built
luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall
residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in
transaction volume over the past five years, a property report on
The number of apartment sales priced above $10 million has doubled since
2013 when the post-crisis recovery was fully in swing, CityRealty's 2017
Year-End Manhattan Market Report said.
The number of units that sold for less than $1 million plunged by 35
percent over that period, the report said.
The super wealthy have tilted condo prices in Manhattan, marking a
dramatic change from the pre-crisis building boom, said Gabby Warshawer,
director of research at the CityRealty real estate listings and data
During the mid-2000s, developers constructed a record number of new
condo units in Manhattan but prices were generally not higher than the
average for existing condos, she said.
In the past five years, however, Manhattan has seen a different kind of
development boom. Prices for these units are higher than they ever were
before but the number of units built and sold is way off levels achieved
a decade ago, Warshawer said.
"As prices have risen, less of the market share is comprised of cheaper
units," she said.
In 2013, 7,787 units were sold for under $1 million for a total $4.7
billion in sales. This year is projected to end with 5,040 units sold at
under $1 million for $3.4 billion in sales.
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The building known as 432 Park Avenue rises above the Manhattan
borough of New York, U.S. on November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas
Units sold at 432 Park Avenue, a 96-story tower marketed by
developers as the tallest residential building in the Americas,
garnered the most number of sales in a listing of the 25
highest-priced condos, CityRealty said.
The two highest priced sales were also at 432 Park Avenue for $65.7
million and $65.2 million, respectively.
The median sales price of high-end apartments edged higher in 2017,
but the closely watched average square-foot price slid a bit for
condos as prices leveled off after years of heady growth, the report
While the average and median sales price for all residential units
has jumped since 2007 by 61 percent to $2.2 million and 44 percent
to $1.2 million, respectively, transaction volume is off 30 percent
from peak activity a decade ago, CityRealty said.
CityRealty examined sales registrations from the city's Department
of Finance. Much of Harlem and nearby areas were excluded because
its market size.
(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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