33 townhouse Open houses today in Harlem

In the Hamilton Heights, Central Harlem, market there are 33 open houses set for today. As listings linger on the market and sellers start to come to grips with the idea that the market is in favor of the buyers, some listings sit on the market. As a result, the amount of open houses is at a staggering number. However, the market under $2.5 million is still low on inventory as only 4 of the 33 open houses are for that price point and only 1 open house for a listing under $2 million. The inventory under $2 million has not budged at all in the last several months and the choices are limited.

Harlem townhouse Open house list for Sunday

Harlem townhouse September market report

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Manhattan rental prices starting to increase

The Manhattan median rental price inched up 1.8% to $3,394 according to the latest report while the luxury rents stayed static at $8,194. According to the broker feedback there is a lot of inventory to absorbed into the market and concessions and price still drive the Manhattan rental market. While buyers are staying on the sidelines, you would think that rents were begin to increase but while lease activity in September has increased market wide we have to enter into a new cycle of rent increases. There is so much parity in the market in terms of choices and Manhattan has competition from both Queens and Brooklyn in terms of offerings and types of buildings.

TRD coverage

Harlem townhouse market price adjustments

Just two months ago, the Harlem townhouse market report showed 17 listings at $4 million and above. Now as of September 30th, that number has halved to 8. Those listings did not sell as only 4 listings over $4 million have sold this year in the Harlem,Hamilton Heights townhouse market. Either they reduced the price and joined the under $4 million club or they gave up.

In the last 2 months, the number of listings available from $3 million to $3.99 million, has increased from 26 to 31. The number of listings from $2 million to $2.99 million has increased in the same time period from 33 to 40. These numbers tend to support the trend that price reductions are forcing sellers to readjust their expectations.

However, the market segment least affected is the below $2 million which currently has 5 available listings while the May Harlem townhouse report showed 7. This suggests that inventory is still very tight in the <$2 million/starter townhouse range.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

730 Saint Nicholas ave back in the market after community stops drug treatment center conversion

730 St Nicholas ave, located in the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill historic district was previously in the news as it was going to be converted to a drug treatment center. The Community mobilized and was able to stop the conversion of the historic home and as a result, the owner has put the property back in the market for roughly $1 million more than the 2017 purchase price.

If sold at their asking price, it would break the record for most expensive Harlem townhouse. However, sales are very slow at this price point in Harlem so a sale may be hard to come by.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

Harlem townhouse September market report

During the months of June, July and August, 16 new Harlem townhouse listings came on the market combined. Apparently, the summer lull is over, as 20 new Harlem townhouse listings came on the market in September.

The least expensive listing was $1.399 million for a Convent avenue building sold without interior access. The most expensive townhouse offering was a property that sold a year ago and now is back on the market for $5.25 million at 730 St Nicholas.

While, 20 townhouses were listed for sale, only 1 was sold during the month of September. The property an SRO with over $40,000 in annual taxes is a 19′ wide, 5 story building near Striver’s Row. It transferred for $2.4 million.  The below table shows the breakdown of the new listings by price range.

< $2 million 5
$2-$2.99 million 40
$3-3.99 million 31
> $4 million 8
Total 84

The average days on the market has increased to 122 days. Today, Sunday, September 30th, there are 34 open houses scheduled.

August Harlem townhouse market

Harlem townhouse July market report

 

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

How CEMAs help Manhattan buyers and sellers save money

Please note always consult with an attorney on legal matters as this blog is not meant to be substituted for competent legal advice. 

CEMAs aka Consolidation extension modification agreement, allow buyers who are purchasing real property (not coops) in New York City save $ on their mortgage recording tax and help sellers to save on their NYS transfer tax. This can work if the below conditions are met and strangely is used only in about 1/4 transactions that are eligible.

1- Seller has a mortgage

2-Seller’s mortgage lender allows assignments of mortgages

3- Buyer is working with a lender that allows purchase CEMAs.

Example

Sale Price $3,000,000
Seller Mortgage balance $2,000,000
Buyer Mortgage amount $2,200,000
Mortgage tax 1.925%

Buyer will save approximately $39,500 in mortgage recording tax minus transaction costs and seller will only pay NYS transfer tax on not the total sale price of $3mm which would be $12,000 but rather on the difference of $3mm-$2mm which would be $1 million or $4,000.  Buyer and seller both win.

You will need to consult with an attorney that understands this process and also it’s an easier process with a lender that can also aid in the process as well.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

Can a Manhattan rent stabilized tenant own a 2nd home?

Although, it might seem unfair,  a rent stabilized tenant who pays well below market  is allowed to own a 2nd home in Miami or South America or wherever they choose.  As long as the tenant lives in their stabilized apartment for 183 days per year, they can do what they want with their money according to NYT.

As a matter of fact, in my building, there is a rent stabilized tenant, that owns an apartment right next door to their rent stabilized apartment and allegedly they tried to combine the two!

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

13 new listings in Harlem townhouse market so far in September

13 new listings have come on the market so far in September which is a healthy amount especially since last month there were only 4 new listings.

This is the breakdown of the new listings by price.

<$3mm 5
$3-$4mm 7
>$4mm 1

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Certificate of no harassment process bogged down

Recently, I applied for a certificate of no harassment(CNH) for one of my listings in the Mount Morris section of Harlem . It was a pretty straight forward process since there had only been only one tenant in the last many years. However, due to the shortage of staff at HPD it took more than 9 months to receive it.  In comparison, I went through the same process for another owner and was able to get an approval in 5.5 months. According to reps at HPD, they have many applications and lack the needed staff. Thankfully it was approved and the owner now has it and it’s valid for the next 3 years.

Upon approval of the application, they made the owner sign an affidavit of no future harassment. This is the owner’s statement that they will not harass the tenants in the future either. A future buyer will need to take the CNH along with the affidavit of no future harassment to the Buildings Department in order to get a permit to alter the building.

Previous coverage about CNH

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every Manhattan market from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

West 100th street playground remains closed

The Tarr family playground at West 100th street in Central Park closed about 1 month ago for repairs and remains closed. They removed the matting and this week, workers were cutting the concrete and removed metal railings. No news on when it will re-open.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every Manhattan market from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

 

 

News about the NYC real estate residential and commercial markets provided and interpreted by an industry veteran licensed since 1999. Brian Silvestry of BSRG Inc. Licensed real estate broker