60 Powers Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn - Photo: Tony Sargent
Wherever you are in New York, people ask – “How’s the market?” “The Market” really depends on which segment of the real estate market you are interested in. New York’s market is divided by neighborhood, price point, and property type.
Sellers ranging from Greenwich Village Studios to Deluxe Upper West Side apartments and West Village Townhouse owners have contacted me lately asking about the market and evaluating selling. I’ve been actively marketing 2-3 Bedroom homes in Chelsea and Williamsburg, Brooklyn giving me a deep snapshot into the market on multiple levels.
West Village Studios – ($550K to $850K) – The Studio / 1Br market is picking up again after a slow summer and fall. Contracts are being signed at a faster clip. Prices seem to be stable
Chelsea 2-3 Bedrooms – ($2.25M to $3.3M) – Chelsea continues to have higher levels of inventory in this category, providing buyers with some opportunity. Well-priced listings are selling, or those listings that linger have been going to contract after their prices align with buyer expectations. On average 5-7 contracts have been signed per month with approximately 50+ active units on the market. My listing has a contract out. Fingers crossed!
Williamsburg – When you move away from the Williamsburg waterfront and look at townhouses, there is little on the market that is not older. Around the Lorimer Street / Metropolitan Avenue area development of multi-family homes is evident. Walking up and down Devoe, Ainslie, or Powers street old homes have been replaced by more modern designs. The area is vibrant and for the uninitiated, the Lorimer / Powers area is almost the perfect tip of the triangle to be able to have access to South Williamsburg and Williamsburg Bridge within minutes or being able to access the Bedford Street area and McCarren Park of Williamsburg. My listing there at 60 Powers Street has seen a lot of activity of late. Buyers are out in force – and many already live in the area and are renting or begrudgingly looking outside of Dumbo where they have been enjoying loft living for many years. The big question is this: What about the L-train? After being in Brooklyn now for two months to prep and stage my listing and market it, I’m in love. The train also (especially from Lorimer St) will hopefully be less of an issue than one thinks. To get to mid-town it’s four short stops to Court Square and a connection to the E or 7 train as well as others. For downtown, it’s easy to get to the J, M, and Z trains.
Luxury Properties – The luxury sector has picked up significantly compared to 2017. That’s not to say it’s flying, however, buyers who were on the sidelines have jumped into the market and are buying properties that have been reduced in price. Reports have been showing 24+ signed contracts over $4 Million which is a significant jump from the slower months recently. New Developments are still commanding the highest prices and volume of new luxury contracts with their views, amenities such as private garages, and secure driveways like at 70 Vestry Street in Tribeca.
It’s still a challenging market for most, however, if well positioned both sellers and buyers have opportunities in this market. If you have any questions, please contact me
. I’m happy to help you.