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  1. Talking Manhattan – The Buyer’s Market

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    How much leverage do buyers have in the current market?

    Our very own team leader, Russ Putterman, met with Noah Rosenblatt of Urban Digs back in October to discuss the state of the NYC marketplace. Urban Digs is a real estate service provider that helps brokers to find comps, past sales and recent market analytics in NYC neighborhoods. Insights that were taken away from this discussion include:

    • We are in a buyer’s market – The market is moving in a cyclical approach. However, buyers have more leverage at the moment. Homes are not selling like they did in 2008, but if the property is priced properly, it will move. The real estate market is not slowing the stock market down which can sometimes be the case.
    • Some other factors that have recently influenced a buyer’s market include:
      • There is currently a lot of inventory
      • The dollar getting stronger and this had made a notable impact on foreign investment
      • There is still uncertainty around taxes since plans may not be confirmed until springtime.
    • What does buyer behavior look like today vs. a couple of years ago? Buyers are still actively looking and have interest in purchasing homes. However, the pool is much smaller. People are not bidding as aggressively. A couple of year ago, an open house could have consisted of 50-60 people where now a large pool seems to be in the range of 15-20 people. Back in early 2010s sellers were often getting there ask where now, where now sellers are having to come down on ask. This is currently a tough market for “aspirational sellers” and the sense of urgency from buyers has faded away.
    • Is this market an investment opportunity for buyers – There is most leverage in new development.

    The fully aired Urban Digs episode as can be found here.

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