This Month in Queens Real Estate: SEPT 2014

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WebSept 2014 Queens NY Market Update 

In August, the pace of home sales continued to improve amid decreasing inventory levels and interest rates below last year’s. This summer’s housing market has presented opportunity to buyers with low interest rates and slower price increases in Queens, helping to alleviate the affordability crunch created by last year’s rapid price gains. Queens Home Sellers remain well positioned in most local markets with price gains continuing, albeit at a slower pace than last year.

Month’s Supply: 7.9 Months (Last Month: 8.4 Months)

**Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.

Interest Rates

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30-year rates dropped 3 basis points from the same week of the previous month, continuing this year’s streak of relatively flat and occasionally falling mortgage rates. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 4.10%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.23%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 2.95%.

Queens NY Home Sales

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The pace of Queens home sales rose 6.2% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 792 homes. This is down 10.2% from the same month of the previous year; however, the portion of sales that were distressed is down significantly from last year. This means that conventional sales are likely higher than in August of last year. Residential home sales are down 9.8% from this time last year, Condo home sales are down 32% from this time last year, and Coop sales are down a slight 3.2% from this time last year.

Queens NY Home Prices

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Median home prices continued to increase in August, increasing by 3.8% to $401,000. This is up 3.5% from last year, continuing the summer’s pattern of sustainable increases in Queens home prices. Residential home prices are up 11.7% from this time last year, Condo home prices are up 3.1% from this time last year, and Coop home prices are up 6.5% from this time last year. All in all, home, Coop, and Condo prices are continuing to increase this year.

Queens NY Housing Inventory

The number of homes available for sale was down 6.6% from last year, with 5,627 Queens Homes, Coops, and Condos available for sale in August. That translated to 7.9 months of supply, keeping the market slightly in favor of sellers in most neighborhoods, especially Residential and Condo home sellers. With less homes on the market across Queens county, buyers have less options so in many markets timeliness will be a big factor when putting in an offer on a home, coop, or condo.

Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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This Month in Queens Real Estate: August 2014

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August 2014 Queens NY Market Update 

In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increase in home price which is likely a result of a decrease in the number of homes on the market in Queens. Mortgage rates are now below the previous year’s level, offering an opportunity for home buyers who thought they missed their opportunity for low rates last year to secure them now. This summer’s growth in the housing market is a positive sign for the overall economy after the county got off to a rough start earlier in the year.

Month’s Supply: 8.4 Months (Last Month: 8.75 Months)

**Month’s supply over 6 months is said to favor buyers, month’s supply below 6 months is said to favor sellers, and month’s supply of 5-6 months is said to be a balanced market.
 

Interest Rates 

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30-year rates dropped 4 basis points from the same week of the previous month, continuing this year’s streak of relatively flat and occasionally falling mortgage rates. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 4.13%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.23%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 2.97%.

 

Queens NY Home Sales

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The seasonally adjusted annual rate of home sales dropped to 732 homes in July, a month-to-month decrease of 1.5% and a slower pace of home sales since last July. Sales were down 17.9% from last year. Residential home sales were down 13.3% compared to this time last year, while Condo sales were also down, by 51% year over year. Lastly, Coop home sales were down 14.4% from this time last year. So all in all, home sales are down across the board year-over-year. 

 

Queens NY Home Prices

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The median home price increased 2.6% in July to $385,000, up 4.1% from the same month last year. As we move into the peak months for the Queens’ housing markets, we are observing home price growing at a similar rate to last year on a monthly basis. However, the year-over-year price increase in July was less than half of that seen last year. This slower rate of annual appreciation is more consistent with sustainable growth. Median home prices for residential homes were up 4.8% while the median home prices for Condos were up a significant 16.4%, and finally, median Coop sale prices were also up by 6.2% year over year.  

 

Queens NY Housing Inventory

The number of homes available for sale decreased by 2%, the second month in a row of decrease in homes on the market. That translates to 8.4 months of supply. In general, the market is still slightly in favor of sellers across the county, especially if you are the seller of a residential home or Condo. However, there are still neighborhoods with more supply than there is demand, and in these areas, the buyers still have an advantage. Inventory is down 8% from last year, so buyers still have very limited options available to them. 

Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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