Manhattan, New York Property Historical Price Trends
Posted by Wei Min Tan on March 4, 2021
Manhattan Condominiums and Cooperatives
The Manhattan property inventory consists of 70 percent rental buildings, 20 percent Cooperative apartments and 10 percent Condominium apartments. Cooperatives and Condominiums are units that can be purchased individually (as opposed to needing to buy the whole building). Below are graphs for Condominiums and Cooperatives blended mix for price per square foot, median price and sales volume.
Data: Miller Samuel Appraisers
Average price per square foot: Graph above shows historical appreciation trend of Manhattan condominiums and cooperatives in terms of average price per square foot. In 1997, the average price per square foot was $328. 2017 set the new price record at $1,775 per sqft, then decreased to $1,657 in 2019. The downturn between 2017 to 2019 was firstly due to the natural real estate cycle and specifically because of an oversupply of high end apartments, a new federal tax bill that decreased interest deductibility and global trade wars. In 2020, Manhattan was hit hard because of the COVID-19 virus and prices came down further to $1,605 per sqft in 2020.
Note that the average price per square foot of a Manhattan condominium in 2020 was $2,032, representing a significant premium over the condo/coop average shown in the graph.
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Deal Example: 88 Greenwich, 35th floor one bedroom water view apartment overlooking New York Harbor. Client purchased with tenant in place. There has been no vacancy period since the purchase. Purchased at $800,000, current market price $1.2 million.
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Median price: Graph above shows the historical median price of a Manhattan condo/coop increasing from $239,000 in 1997 to $1.140 million in 2017. While the graph shows the blended average of condo/coop, note that the median price of a Manhattan condo in 2020 was $1.68 million.
Deal Example: Represented buyer client at 40 Mercer in Soho. Ultra luxury building by Jean Nouvel with 14 ft ceilings. High price but rents are commensurately high as well.
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Number of transactions: Graph shows the trend for number of transactions per year, from 1997 to 2020. The peak was 13,430 transactions in 2007, the height of the market, while the valley was 7,048 transactions during Covid 2020. Note that we had 3 months of lockdown in 2020 and the sales volume for 2020 only represents 9 months of activity.
Deal Example: Client’s condo at 111 Murray Street in Tribeca. Client reserved the unit at pre-construction, at $1.54 million. Two years later at completion, prices went up 20 percent. The green building opposite is the Goldman Sachs headquarters and one of the reasons we decided to pursue this unit.
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Data sources: Miller Samuel Appraisers
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