Manhattan apartment sales reach highest level in 25 years

Fri Jan 3, 2014 12:00pm EST

The Manhattan skyline is seen from the 68th floor of the 4 World Trade Center tower in New York, November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Manhattan skyline is seen from the 68th floor of the 4 World Trade Center tower in New York, November 13, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Sales volumes of Manhattan apartments jumped 30 percent in the fourth quarter, a report on Friday showed, as buyers put aside concerns about the strength of the overall economy and pushed inventory levels to historic lows.

The report by Douglas Elliman Real Estate showed there were 3,297 sales in the closing months of 2013, the most since the company's records began 25 years ago. The supply of units was down to 4,164, or its lowest level in 14 years.

The median sales price for condos in New York City hit $1.32 million, up 14.3 percent from last year. The median sales price for co-ops, which comprise the bulk of sales, was $680,000, up 4.6 percent since last year.

Experts said increasing mortgage rates and dwindling inventories had prompted many buyers to finally take the plunge.

"There was a sense of timing to be in, and that carried through in the last two quarters of the year to record levels," said Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel Inc., a New York City real estate appraisal and consulting firm.

Miller said he expects to see modest, single-digit price growth this year, after the heightened activity of 2013.

"I don't see this as sustainable," Miller said. "I do see it being active in 2014, but I look at 2013 as more of an anomaly, a blip in terms of activity."

(Reporting By Michelle Conlin; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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rustic36 wrote:
Wait till they get a taste of ”Bloombutts” replacement- – they will be scurrying like little rats deserting a sinking ship. All you folks who can afford those prices better HIDE YOUR WALLETS- – here comes transgender / gay/ ”uber liberal” to assist you in – - -PAYING YOUR FAIR SHARE- – -good luck NYC- – -at least the horses will now be safe!

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