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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

What are the main differences between a NYC co-op and condo part 1?

This is the first in a 3 part series of the differences between Manhattan co-ops and condos. 

There are many differences between a Manhattan co-op and condominium and in this first installment we will explore 2 of them.

1- Co-ops can turn down the application of a prospective purchaser without any reason given and that’s it, the buyer can not complete the purchase.  Any fees or costs incurred are not reimbursed and that’s it. A condo grants a waiver of the right of first refusal when they take an application from a prospective purchaser. The only time that they may exercise the right of first refusal is when an apartment is being sold far below market. Instead of letting the sale go forward, they can purchase the apartment.

2- Co-ops more closely scrutinize the financial wherewithal of prospective buyers than condos. So you need to have a down payment of 20-25% plus a debt to income ratio of no more than 28% plus stable job history, and excellent credit. A condo may run credit but they are satisfied with you obtaining a loan commitment or purchasing cash. They are not going to turn you down because you do not make enough money.

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.

Jennifer Lopez and ARod have an apt on Upper west side

According to Architectural Digest, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have been renting an upper west side apartment in 15 Central Park west, the limestone condo near Lincoln Center on Manhattan’s upper west side. Apparently, the lease will be up and the apartment,  will be for rent for $11,500 come September 1.  The apartment is 1,079 sqft with a 111 sqft private terrace.

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.

Thinking of buying a Manhattan luxury property for investment?

This is 3rd part of the series focusing on the purchase of Manhattan properties for investment. In this part, we take a look at the luxury market and it’s opportunities.

According to the latest study from streeteasy.com 2018 is the year of the discount for luxury property, roughly defined as $4mm and up by the study. 59% of the properties that closed were discounted and median discount was $980,000. This is up from 36% of the properties in 2016 and also up from 2017’s number of 54%.

One way to take advantage of the Manhattan luxury market is to buy and hold the property. Right now, the luxury market is in the 3rd year of buyer’s market. Less product is coming on the market, and land sales have slowed. Once this inventory is absorbed, then we will again see a shortage of inventory in the luxury market and the prices will rise again.

Also, luxury rentals will be more and more in demand. Take for example 1 Hudson Yards. It is a building with luxury amenities, liklap pool, salt water pool for children, cold plunge pool plus a bowling alley and lounge with kitchen, penthouse party room, and tons of outdoor space. In addition, there is an gym similar to an Equinox, a basketball court, and plenty of outdoor grills for barbecuing. In a neighborhood that is developing with construction everywhere, take a guess how many rentals are available in this 178 unit building. Zero! All rented. 1 bedrooms were $4800, 2 bedrooms $9,000 + and 3 bedrooms $15k and up. The rental market also for the last 2 years, has been oversupplied and this will change in the next 1-2 years. In 20 years of real estate brokerage, I have seen several cycles.

Take an apartment in Waterline square as an example. A 3bd/3ba in 1 Waterline Square aka 10 Riverside boulevard is asking just over $5 million. Due to the tax abatement, the monthlies for this 1824 sqft (169.4m2) apartment is $3,642 including the taxes.  A 3 bedroom/3bath of about the same size rented for $14,000 in 50 Riverside boulevard back in June of this year. Let’s do the numbers on this purchase assuming an asking price purchase.

$5,000,000 purchase
$14,000 rent monthly
$3,642 monthly charges
$10,358 net or $124,296 annually
2.5% return 

The 2.5% return does not take into account the market price of this apartment in the future as well as tax benefits such as depreciation. Let’s say in 5 years, the apartment is worth $6 million. Your rate of return then would be 5.6%.

Additionally, the monthly net income could support approximately $2 million in mortgage which could lower your necessary cash outlay to $3 million from $5 million. This would raise your rate of return in 5 years to 15%!

The luxury market is full of these type of deals where you can take advantage of the slowdown in demand and get in on the market before the market turns up again. If you understand that the tech and finance sectors are not going anywhere and also understand that Millenials might find it harder to purchase and many may decide to rent luxury instead of buying then you can take advantage of the opportunity that not everyone sees.

 

Part 1 of the Manhattan investment buying series

Mansion Global coverage

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.

 

What type of Manhattan apartment is the best investment in the current market?

This is the 2nd in a series of articles for buyers who are considering buying a Manhattan apartment as an investment. 

According to the latest data, Manhattan apartments with the least price vulnerability continue to be affordable luxury. Depending on what market segment and neighborhood you look in, the price range is different. On the Upper west side, where I live, that would amount to $3 million and below. In the townhouse market on the Upper West side, it’s roughly $6 million and below where sales still occur. Above $10 million is a different story. In Harlem, affordable luxury is probably closer to $1.5 million and down for apartments and about $2.3 million and below for townhouses.

Mansion Global takes a look at the Manhattan market as a whole and asserts that the affordable luxury market makes up a large portion of Manhattan apartments. Year by year, property at $5mm and below accounts for more than 90% of the sales. The eight figure deals are the outliers but tend to get the headlines. One interesting point that they bring up is that larger apartments change hands less frequently so are more difficult to price, remain on the market longer, and eventually discount their prices more.

More from Mansion Global

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.

 

Upper West Side townhouse report

The Upper West side townhouse market has seen increasing inventory over the last several months and fewer and fewer sales. In the last 3 months, 22 new listings have come on the market.

Last 3 months
# Sales Average/month Low price High price Inventory
8 2.7 3.9 million 9.25 million 24 months

The next table shows all 8 sales in the last 3 months, with sale price and price per square foot.

Address Sale Price PPSFT
308 W 90 ST $3,900,000 $955
112 W 75 ST $4,500,000 $649
113 W 75 ST $5,000,000 $789
47 W 95 ST $5,399,157 $1,342
16 W 88 ST $8,000,000 $1,399
161 W 91 ST $8,072,000 $2,026
316 W 88 ST $8,375,000 $1,560
43 W 76 ST $9,250,000 $1,357

Interestingly enough half of the sale recorded in the last 3 months for Upper West side townhouses were for <$5.5 million and the other half roughly between $8 million to $9.3 million. No sales were recorded above $10 million in the last 3 months and only 2 this year.

Currently at $10 million and up, there are 25 listings available which confirms that this segment of the market is deeply in a buyers market.

Below $10 million, there are 40 listings available on Manhattan’s upper west side. So if you segment the market to below $10 mm then the inventory level looks more like it will last about 15 months which is still a buyer’s market.

Spring 2018 Upper west side townhouse 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.

Park West Village July market report

Park West Village is a 4 unit condo complex on Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper west side. 372,382,392 and 400 CPW are all 19 story buildings with approximately 414 +/- units and share similar amenities and low monthly charges.

There were two sales in the 4 building complex in the month of July and both were in 382 Central Park west aka the Olmstead. Apt 3A, a renovated 845 sqft, north facing apartment with a balcony fetched $1,076,500 and took 3 months to go to contract in May before closing in July. While apartment 16G, a south facing, 545 sqft studio was listed back in November of last year, also took 3 months to go to contract and then 4.5 months from contract to closing and closed for $765,000.

Below is the current inventory by building and the availability by unit size.

Current active inventory
372 2
382 4
392 4
400 2
Inventory by apt size
Studio 3
Big studio 3
1 bd w terrace 5
2bd/2ba 1

 

The below tables show currently signed contracts by building and by unit size.

Contracts by building
372 4
382 2
392 2
400 4
Contracts by unit size
Studio 4
Big Studio 1
1 bed without terrace 1
1 bed w terrace 4
2bd/2ba 2

There are 12 total listings for sale and the amount of time it would take to sell all 12 listings is projected as 6 months. However, with 12 properties in contract that will likely close in the next 3 months, the sales per month for the next 3 months will likely be in the range of 4 per month which would suggest the current inventory might only last 3 months.

Park West Village market report 1st half 2018

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.

Thinking of buying on the Upper West side near Riveside Park?

If you are living or thinking of living on Manhattan’s Upper West side,  and can find an apartment close to Riverside Park, you will always be able to do find something to do even if it’s just a stroll on a hot summer day.

There’s a Cherry Walk from 100th to 125th street on the water as well as the red clay tennis courts at West 96th street in case you want to channel the spirit of The French Open. There’s soccer fields, long winding paths, the Boat Basin Cafe and this just takes you into the West 70’s.  Here are some photos to get you motivated to take a walk on the Hudson River and maybe catch a sunset, take a free yoga class or watch an outdoor movie.  Click on the below for a list of events. Calendar of events in Riverside Park

 

One of the best places to live is in one of the many full service buildings on Riverside boulevard. There are a range of apartments from studios to family size apartments. Many of the buildings have roof decks, and swimming pools among the amenities. One of the best buildings is the newest addition- One Riverside Park where a 3 bed/3.5 of around 2000 sqft (185m2) can be had for under $4 million  or rented for under $10k per month.  Around the corner at 1 West end avenue, you can find interesting offerings at around $2000 per sqft and this building comes with a 20 year tax abatement.

Beyond the glitzy new condos in this section of Lincoln Square, you can find the more affordable Lincoln Towers, a postwar co-op on West end avenue. In Lincoln Towers, there is a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment for sale under $1.5 million. This co-op has several buildings and while not as fancy as it’s neighbors to the west, it is more centrally located, a full two avenues closer to Broadway including Zabar’s and the express subway stop.

Riverside boulevard buildings
Riverside boulevard buildings

Whether you decide to purchase, rent near Riverside Park or just pass through, there’s always plenty to do…