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NYC’s Luxury Housing Market Feels the Nor’easter Chill

Luxury housing sales in the tony Manhattan area of New York are declining and it’s not just the winter chills of the fourth Nor’easter the city experienced in three weeks, but according to a report on the luxury housing market in the area by Olshan Realty Inc., the decline also has to do with the market being overpriced.

According to the report, the sale of luxury housing in New York City in the first quarter saw a 15 percent decline over the same period last year with 282 contracts signed during the quarter against 330 contracts that were signed in the first quarter of 2017.

Buyers are also taking their time coming to a decision on buying these properties. The average days on the market for these homes rose to 469 days in the first quarter of 2018, increasing from the 390 days in the same period last year, indicating the highest number of days on the market since Olshan began.

The long waiting period isn’t the only reason that sellers are slashing prices for these properties. The report indicated that the market itself was overpriced and sellers were slashing rates with the average price drop from the original asking price showing a difference of 10 percent before a property went into contract, especially for luxury homes and condos that cost $4 million and above.

Take the example of a 4,204 sq. ft. apartment that was recently sold and was the No 1. Contract for the week according to Olshan. The apartment was originally listed at $16.95 million and then pulled off the market in 2015. When it was relisted again for selling in November 2017, it listed at around $13 million, $3 million lesser than its original list price.

The report indicated that in the last week itself, the average asking price for these luxury properties was $7.19 million with the median asking price down to $6.7 million. The average days on the market for these properties in the last week was 507 days.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.
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