The Forest Hills housing market is showing some improvement. The main trend to call attention to is the tightening inventory. Home prices are still below year-ago levels, but housing demand has picked up, resulting in low levels of inventory in many areas of Forest Hills.
Tight inventory is a major factor in the market. Buyer traffic is continuing to pick up, while seller traffic is holding steady. Inventory is low for a number of reasons: Housing demand has picked up, banks have slowed the pace of foreclosures, and many homeowners who wish to sell their homes simply cannot because they do not have enough equity to make a down payment on their next home. However, as home prices continue to rise and more people can afford to sell their homes, inventory levels will increase.
The typical Forest Hills home is taking 3 days longer to sell, than it did a year ago. Now marks one of the most favorable times to buy or sell a home in Forest Hills. There is an urgency to buy now while mortgage rates are at record lows and before home prices increase more significantly.
Absorption Rate/Month’s Supply Time it would take to sell the current inventory at the current rate of sales:
- This Month – 10.2 months
- Last Month – 7.2 months
- Last Year – 9.9 months
*When inventory supply is above 6 months the market is said to favor buyers, and when inventory supply is below 6 months the market is said to favor sellers. Forest Hills NY
Forest Hills NY Home Sales
Home sales this month decreased by 30.2% from last month to a current seasonally adjusted rate of 37 units, down 24.5% from year-ago levels. Residential 1, 2, and 3 family home sales decreased from 7 home sales in 2012 to 5 home sales in February 2013. Condo sales dropped from 5 condo sales in February 2012 to 2 sales in February 2013. Coop home sales also decreased from 37 units sold in February 2012, to 30 units in February 2013.
- Residential Homes Sold: 5
- Condo Homes Sold: 2
- Co-Op Homes Sold: 30
- Residential Median Sale Price: $637,000
- Condo Median Sale Price: $275,000
- Co-Op Median Sale Price: $237,500
- 79 New Co-Ops hit the Market
- 2 New Condos hit the Market
- 11 New Residential Homes hit the Market