Category Archives: Rentals

200 west 54 street 9C rented

At the Adlon prewar co-op in Midtown, a 1 bedroom was rented. The apartment features a windowed kitchen, plenty of closets, and nice size bedroom. The apartment featured an ornate living room ceiling and high ceilings among the prewar features. The asking rent was $2,750 and no landlord concessions were given. The apartment rented within 1 week of being in the market.

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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.

Thinking of moving to Hamilton Heights?

CurbedNY takes a look at the Hamilton Heights neighborhood and gives you the lowdown on it.

Edgecombe avenue

I agree that it is a wonderful place to live with some of Manhattan’s most beautiful tree lined blocks. If you are looking to purchase very little is available below $2 million right now. For a property that needs work but you can live in, the starting point is just north of $2 million. Recently, I had a chance to show property  to a buyer client that had many historic details in place and was a 2 family home that could have been purchased for $2.1 million.

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Take a VR Tour of 423 W 147th street

423 West 147th street apartment 2 is now for rent for $2300. You can see a VR Tour below. The asking rent is $2,300 for this 1 bedroom with den/office on one of the most beautiful blocks in Hamilton Heights.

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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 market continues to be driven by concessions

In May, rental prices for both 3 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms dropped, 6% and 4.6% respectively. Concessions are up 12.5% year over year and have been steadily rising for the last 3 years.

This is consistent with the rentals that I have listed of late which need to be either priced very aggressively or offered with concessions to be rented. Along the same lines, landlords are negotiating with existing tenants to keep them.

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400 Central Park west 19P rented

A 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment in the Upper West side condominium 400 Central Park west, was rented for $5,200, in as is condition. The apartment features an extraordinary view of Central Park as it has two exposures, one facing south and one facing east directly into the park.

The building features a 24 hour concierge, bike room, storage, parking, live-in-super, on site management, laundry room in basement and resident’s lounge. The building also has private gardens and a superior location adjacent to central park, close to Whole Foods and many train and subway lines.

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.

189 Edgecombe avenue townhouse rented

The 2 family townhouse at 189 Edgecombe avenue has now rented. It has a garden apartment 1 bedroom with washer/dryer and a triplex apartment with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The triplex rented for $6,100 and the garden apartment for $2,200. Both apartments rented within 2 weeks of being listed.

The house underwent a full, gut renovation and restoration which took just over a year to complete.

 

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.

24 luxury contracts signed last week

24 Luxury contracts were signed last week for property $4mm and above in Manhattan. Discounts drove the action as the average discount from the listing price is over 10%. It’s not unusual that property owners who purchased in the last 3 years are selling at a loss in order to liquidate.

In other reports, rents are still trending down with concessions like free month’s rent and owner paid broker fees fueling activity especially in new developments where 90% of the apartments were rented with concessions. Just under half (44%) of the new leases signed in Manhattan in April included concessions.

Does it make sense for a Manhattan owner to pay the broker fee?

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.

Is Airbnb causing NYC renters to pay higher rents?

According to a report by the NYC Comptroller’s office, which analyzed data from 2009 to 2016, rents are rising in NYC due to the “Airbnb effect.” Citywide, the number of listings on the home sharing site have increased from 1000 to 40,000 in the time period. The report analyzed what the rent increases would have been in these neighborhoods with what they actually were and attributed the difference to the Airbnb. Their analysis concluded that roughly 9.2% of the citywide rent increases were attributed to airbnb.

I am not sure if I agree with their numbers but I do see apartments that are pulled off of the regular rental market to be used solely for airbnb rentals. I even went to recent open house in Harlem where the agent mentioned that the apartment was netting the owner approximately $2k per month over the normal rental price due to posting it on the Airbnb site. Apartments like that do come off of the market. Also, on the upper west side in one luxury rental building, landlords have reportedly been looking the other way, while tenants are using the listings site to rent out their apartments to tourists and as a result, the landlord receives a higher monthly rent that they would have otherwise.

City Comptroller Report on Airbnb effect

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.

NYC landlords score victory in courts in rent stabilization case

The New York Appeals court has confirmed that a landlord who deregulated an apartment back in 2004 did so correctly. The case had to do with the 20% vacancy allowance and how it is applied. The apartment was deregulated after applying the 20% vacancy allowance but a lower court had said the rent paid by the previous tenant needs to exceed the rent stabilization threshold. Previously, the court system had awarded the tenant over $100k in overcharged rent and that decision was vacated.

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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 vacancy rate decreasing

According to a recent report, the Manhattan vacancy rate is decreasing even as approximately half of the apartments rented were rented with some sort of concession like free month’s rent. As inventory has increased in the last few years, landlords have adjusted their expectations and as a result the vacancy rate has decreased even in one of the slowest months of the year for Manhattan rentals.

Real Estate Weekly 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.