In Manhattan and Brooklyn,
Home Sellers Get a Reality Check

by Oshrat CarmielOshrat Carmiel
August 7, 2017

If New York home sellers had big dreams when they listed their properties, now they’re adjusting to reality.

In most Manhattan neighborhoods, at least 25 percent of homes on the market in the second quarter had their prices cut. The share was smaller only at the borough’s northernmost tip, in Inwood and Marble Hill. In prime areas such as the West Village and Chelsea, about half of listings had their prices trimmed.

Even in high-demand Brooklyn, owners realized they’d gotten too ambitious. Forty-one percent of Williamsburg listings saw a reduction in asking price, while in Bushwick, the share was 48 percent. The waterfront area that includes Red Hook had the biggest share of cuts, at 59 percent.

The whittling shows “that even in these areas that are really hot, it’s possible for sellers to be out of sync with the market, and that there is a limit to how high prices can go,” said Grant Long, senior economist with StreetEasy, which provided the data.

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Manhattan and Brooklyn real estate at a glance for the quarter ended June 30, 2017:

Highest priced sale

Median home price

Change in price from last year

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Definition of Terms and Methodology

The sales data are based on condo, co-op, townhouse and single-family home transactions during the last three months of 2016, according to StreetEasy’s analysis of records from the New York City Department of Finance. Due to a delay between the closing date and when a sale is recorded by the Department of Finance, the data may not include all closings during the quarter.

Highest sale price
The highest sale price for all closed transactions in the quarter.

Median resale price
The middle price for homes with sales that closed in the quarter and had a prior recorded sale since 1995.

Median sale price, all homes
The middle price for all sales that closed in the quarter, including deals in new developments.

Price change
The percentage change in median price from the identical period in the previous year.

Median days on market
The middle value for the number of days from when a home was originally listed on StreetEasy to when it went under contract.

Sales count, all homes
The number of home sales that closed during the quarter.

Sales count, resales
The number of homes that sold in the quarter with a prior recorded sale since 1995.

Median asking rent
The middle advertised monthly price for rental homes listed on StreetEasy during the quarter.

Rental count
The number of properties listed for rent on StreetEasy during the quarter.

Tipping point
The time it would take for the accumulated costs of renting a home to equal or exceed the cost of buying and owning a comparable-size home in the same area. The calculation takes into account such homeownership costs as principal and interest payments on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, New York City taxes and the tax implications of selling a home, and such rental costs as renter’s insurance and the broker’s fee.

Listing discount
The median percentage change between the initial asking price listed on StreetEasy and the recorded sale price.

Share of sales listings with price cuts
The percentage of homes for which the list price was reduced while advertised on StreetEasy.

Metrics with fewer than 10 examples in a neighborhood aren’t reported because more data are needed for an accurate representation. These are indicated as “NA”.